Wales overhaul France to reach semis after Vahaamahina red card

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Wales advanced to their third World Cup semifinal when Ross Moriarty’s dramatic late try gave then a 20-19 victory over a battling France team who played the last half-hour with 14 men after lock Sebastien Vahaamahina was sent off on Sunday.

France were leading 19-10 when Vahaamahina, in a moment of madness, inexplicably elbowed Aaron Wainwright’s in the face and, though the French defended superbly after that, replacement number eight Moriarty, yellow-carded himself earlier, won it six minutes from time by grabbing a loose ball and forcing his way over.

Eight years ago an early red card for Wales captain Sam Warburton played a key role as France triumphed 9-8 in their World Cup semifinal in Auckland.

This time it was the Welsh who benefited and edged a one-point game to reach the last four for the third time, having lost to New Zealand in 1987 – when Moriarty’s father Paul scored a try in the third-place playoff win over Australia – and France in 2

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