Alun Wyn Jones Alun Wyn Jones hails Wales’ character after thrilling World Cup win against France

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Moriarty then scored a late try, converted by Dan Biggar, which saw Warren Gatland’s men through to the World Cup semi-finals.

Jones said in a post-match interview onITV: “I think we were slow out the blocks. We probably continued in a similar vein to how we started against Fiji, which is slightly disappointing.

“But the character we showed to come through – obviously there was an advantage in the second half after the card, but we kept plugging away and came out on the right side of the scoreboard.

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Sebastien Vahaamahina opened the scoring as France threatened to beat Wales. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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Vahaamahina, though, was sent off in the second half in what proved to be a turning point. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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Ross Moriarty, who was binned in the first half, scored the late try to help win the game. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

“We’re pleased. There is plenty for us to work on, but ultimately we are pleased with the result.”

Gatland echoed Jones’ sentiments – admitting it was not the best performance but is happy with Wales’ winning ‘habit’.

The New Zealand-born Wales coach also hinted that the win helped put to bed the demons of a 2011 – a semi-final defeat to France, when Sam Warburton was sent off as they lost to the same opponents by the same margin.

“We’re relieved, I think,” Gatland said. “In fairness to France they played exceptionally well tonight. They scored a couple of early tries, we got back into it a little bit and then the message at half-time was we just have to score next.

“We were able to do that, and the red card was obviously pretty significant. But the thing I’m proud about with these guys is they didn’t give in.

“They just kept waiting for an opportunity that was going to come, a big scrum at the end of the game, fantastic by Thomas Williams and it was a one-point victory, kind of the other way but similar to 2011.

“So, not the prettiest in the world, but some great character shown.”

“Losing becomes a habit but so does winning as well, so we are in that sort of winning habit at the moment.

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