Wales coach Wayne Pivac unhappy with decisions in France defeat
Wayne Pivac felt that the huge refereeing decisions went from Wales as France claimed a Six Nations win to stay on course for Grand Slam glory.
France maintained a 27-23 victory to make it three wins out of three Wales lost at home in the tournament for the first time since 2017.
However, the match wasn’t without controversy because France – top to move – escaped sanction if second-row forwards Paul Willemse knocked down the ball, with wing Josh Adams place to take Ken Owens’ pass.
English referee Matthew Carley decided there was a knock punishment and chose not to brandish a card although adams seemed possible to score in the corner.
“There have been a number of important moments in that match,” Wales head coach Pivac said.
“It just seemed, when we had been enjoying advantage, the next ruck was murdered or the chunk was slowed down so we arrived back for the punishment.
“There was also the (Willemse) slap down. We had a look at this and I believe the officials might have got that one wrong. That murdered momentum there also.
“Another unsatisfactory one was once the French tighthead (Demba Bamba) came on. He went directly across the scrum and was rewarded for that. Those have been the big moments in the game.”
France led with Anthony Bouthier and Willemse grading tries for Dan Biggar replying with three penalties along with Les Bleus.
Dillon Lewis’ Test test reduced the deficit to a point, however, Romain Ntamack – that finished using a 17-point drag – claimed an interception score and also kicked a penalty to place France in control.
A late try was scored by biggar, but France held on for a win.
“We’re certainly not going to panic,” Pivac said following successive defeats to Ireland and France, and also with a daunting trip to England next on the agenda.
“It is about building, we made a great deal of chances and I believe we’re heading in the ideal direction. It is about accepting those chances.
“If we convert just one or 2 more we are in games and winning. You come back into the tin, three v one. We score in the opposite end, if we are accurate with our departure.
“This was a major momentum change. We’re frustrated with a couple decisions we made ourselves after creating opportunities on one or two occasions”
France head to Scotland following before concluding their championship to Ireland in the home.
Les Bleus have not won the Six Nations since 2010 – when they reached the Grand Slam – and – group manager Raphael Ibanez confessed the Cardiff victory was sweet for coach Shaun Edwards.
Before linking the France setup in November the Englishman spent under Warren Gatland as Wales coach.
“Shaun gave a lot for Wales for many years and we’re pleased to have him,” Ibanez said.
“You may feel after the game he was happy. It was an amazing performance from our defence throughout the sport.”
On if Wales might have had a penalty try when Willmese knocked on, Ibanez added:”You want to observe the match and review it to consider that.
“We don’t talk about the tournament, just the next match.”