Wales will head to the Cote d’Azur sunshine on Saturday as Five and Six Nations record-breakers.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland claimed his team had “forgotten how to lose” after they staged an epic Six Nations fightback that stunned France 24-19 in Paris.
Wales trailed by 16 points at half-time, but responded magnificently, posting a 10th successive win and equalling their longest undefeated run since 1999.
It eclipsed the previous best comeback in Five or Six Nations history after France recovered a 15-0 deficit after 37 minutes to defeat Ireland 26-21 in 1989.
And Gatland’s squad now travel to Nice, where they will be based before leaving for Rome next Thursday and a Six Nations appointment with Italy.
Wales’ victory – a seventh over France from the last eight starts – underlines their credentials as strong title contenders this season.
Tries by scrum-half Tomos Williams and wing George North, who capitalised on opposite number Yoann Huget’s defensive howler, plus two Gareth Anscombe conversions and a Dan Biggar penalty edged Wales ahead following a 15-minute purple patch.
And after France went back in front through a Camille Lopez penalty, North claimed his second try – a stunning 60-metre interception effort that Biggar converted – to see Wales home.
“For me, the big difference between the two teams is that we’ve become a side that has probably forgotten how to lose and can dig deep like that,” Gatland said.
“On the other hand, they (France) are probably a team searching for some confidence, having not had a great run in the last seven or eight matches.”
Despite scoring two tries in the game, albeit both due to sloppy mistakes from France, North was not appreciated on Twitter during and after the game.
Rugby fans were quick to slaughter the Welsh player, and were even more so judgemental when it was announced that he had won Man of the Match.
However, it's the two tries that will stick in the memory for North himself and for the Welsh fans.
But they are also two tries the French national team and French fans will want to forget almost immediately.News Now - Sport News