Wales dumped out of Rugby World Cup by France

  • 17 October 2011
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Wales' Rugby World Cup dream is over after they lost 8-9 to France in the semi-final.

Captain and key player Sam Warburton was controversially sent off after just twenty minutes, meaning Wales had to play most of the game with just 14 men on the pitch.

But they were still the better team and would have won the match if they hadn't missed so many kicks at goal.

The result means France will play New Zealand in the final on Sunday.

Heavy rain just before kick-off meant both sides struggled to control the ball in the early stages.

Wales got on the score sheet first when James Hook scored a penalty from the right touchline.

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But as the half went on Hook missed two more penalties and France scored two of their own, to make the halftime score 6-3 to the French.

After the break Mike Phillips scored the game's only try, but Stephen Jones hit the post with the conversion.

And when Leigh Halfpenny missed a last minute penalty it meant Wales' World Cup dreams were over.

In the other semi-final an awesome New Zealand thrashed Australia 20-6, to book their first World Cup final appearance in 16 years.

That also means that Wales will play Australia in the third place play-off match, on Friday morning UK time.