If championships were awarded for artistic merit, this ought to have been enough to secure France a consecutive title. They blew Wales away when it mattered, which was either side of half-time, but they will bemoan the four tries their visitors came away with, three of them scored when it did not really matter, long after the result had been secured.
So France were reduced to waiting on the result in Dublin. They climbed above Ireland at the top of the table, courtesy of that bonus point, but Rio Dyer’s try at the death meant their points difference fell seven shy of Ireland’s.
Over to the English, then, whom they so roundly humiliated the week before. This was not quite that level of humiliation. Indeed, Wales began and finished the match with energy and efficiency.
So far from all bad. No doubting, though, who the stars of the show were. It took France a little while to get going (10 minutes), and Wales were afforded that period to show off their wares.Read more on theguardian.com