How the world media reacted to Wales’ dramatic 20-19 Rugby World Cup quarter-final win over France in Oita:
Two contentious moments overshadowed what was an in any other case enthralling conflict between the Welsh and French, in accordance with a number of the world’s main media organisations.
The sending off of French lock Sebastien Vahaamahina for an elbow to an opponent’s face within the 49th minute, adopted by the controversial match-winning strive with just a little over 5 minutes left to play marred the Welsh victory – in a merciless reversal of the 2011 battle between the 2 Northern Hemisphere heavyweights.
The end result sees Wales advance to the ultimate 4 the place they’ll meet both South Africa or hosts Japan.
WalesOnline stated the Dragons managed to “snatch victory from the jaws of defeat” and acknowledged the pink card proven to Vahaamahina was the turning level.
“Wales one way or the other snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to achieve a World Cup semi-final with a dramatic win over France.
“When Ross Moriarty was despatched to the sin-bin 90 seconds after approaching as a first-half alternative, the tide swung again in favour of the French. Virimi Vakatawa went over to increase their lead on the break.
“Nonetheless, a pink card for Vahaamahina for a surprising elbow on Wainwright regarded to have turned the tables – just for France to supply a defensive show that annoyed Wales.”
In accordance with the UK Telegraph, the Six Nations champions staged a “beautiful fightback” to win a gripping quarter-final.
Ross Moriarty’s 74th-minute strive led to an agonising wait, nonetheless, with replays suggesting the ball travelled marginally ahead from a stripping sort out earlier than Wales picked up the free ball on the total and scored the decisive strive on the following section.
“A Wales win regarded unlikely for lengthy durations as an usually flamboyant and good French workforce dominated. However the recreation modified course after Les Bleus lock Sebastien Vahaamahina was despatched off within the 48th minute for elbowing Wales flanker Aaron Wainwright within the face,” The Telegraph stated.
Revered British journalist Paul Eddison referred to as the Moriarty strive a “shocker of a name”.
Eddison had a go at South African referee Jaco Peyper and his assistants for awarding the five-pointer.
“I wonder if France would have held on for these final 5 minutes. Most likely not, however they’ve gone out to a shocker of a name there. Vahaamahina takes a lot of the blame, however when you’re not giving that ahead, then you definately should not be reffing World Cup knockout video games.”
Australia’s news.com.au additionally lamented the choice, saying the second overshadowed the Vahaamahina “mind snap”.
“France was devastated after bravely defending with 14-men for greater than half an hour earlier than the controversial strip lastly broke their backs.”
The decision was additionally questioned by a number of social media customers, together with former England check outdoors again Ugo Monye.