Wales coach Rob Howley accuses France of 'undermining game's integrity'

Martyn Williams jokes Sam Warburton is lying ahead of Wales’ clash with France

Wales conceded a try and 100th-minute conversion to lose 20-18 at the Stade de France and centre Jonathan Davies claimed the events did not sit comfortably with him.

And a shoulder injury to captain Alun Wyn Jones means the second row will be anxious about his place for this summer's Lions tour to New Zealand.

Pressed on whether or not the incident amounted to cheating, he said: "No, I just question the integrity of the decision that was made". A French doctor attempted to run on tend to Atonio, much to the bemusement of referee Wayne Barnes, and he was quickly dismissed.

The try France needed was inevitable.

The visitors were upset Les Bleus changed their tight-head prop 11 minutes into the 20 minutes of added-on time during a series of nine scrums.

The Welsh defensive effort was superb, but the bitter truth is that they lost to England after leading with four minutes left to play and lost to France in the 20th minute of extra time. The prop replied that he had a sore back but was otherwise fine. How coincidental. That Atonio walked down the tunnel alone, without a medic for the HIA, did not go unnoticed.

"One of their coaches went outside the technical area, had a word with their doctor and within a minute, he went on and took their tighthead off", Howley said.

Lee has been sent to the sin bin for the offence that lead to the penalty.

France get the ball out of the scrum and look to burrow their way over from close range through the forwards. But controversy would arise once more before play could resume.

He settled instead for: "I believe the integrity of global rugby, the game we love, was brought into disrepute today".

But on every occasion he was content to award just a penalty perhaps because he felt unhappy about Slimani returning [although he would not admit it] or because he had refused a penalty try for Wales when he yellow carded Virimi Vakatawa for the deliberate knock-on [again in the red zone] that prevented a simple touchdown for George North. "Poussez!" (Push! Push!). There were 99 minutes, 55 seconds on the clock when Chouly scored under a pile, setting off scenes of pandemonium among home fans and sheer despair for the Welsh.

If a French player is found to have bitten North he could be banned for up to 15 weeks and acting Wales coach Rob Howley said: "It's gone to the television match official".

Finally, something similar to a game of rugby would resume, and Chouly would score the all-important try for the French, though that did not stop the stadium announcer giving Camille Chat the credit.

Not only is this weekend the end of the Six Nations tournament, it marks the final outings for the six countries involved for the 2019 World Cup seedings, with the draw to take place in May.

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