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26 Aug 2007
France smashed Wales 34-7 in their final World Cup warm-up Test.
The Six Nations champions will go into the competition full of confidence having beaten England twice and now the Welsh.
A penalty from flyhalf Lionel Beauxis and a try by second-rower JÃ©rÃ´me Thion gave France a 10-0 lead. Wales scrumhalf Dwayne Peel then had a kick charged down on his tryline and opposite number Pierre Mignoni picked up the loose ball to score.
Wales finally got themselves on the board just before full-time when flyhalf James Hook went over, but France totally dominated the second half, scoring another two tries through wing Aurelien Rougerie and loose forward Sebastien Bruno.
Players on both sides suffered knocks, but Wales captain Gareth Thomas was stretchered off late in the game and there will be an anxious wait to see how serious the injury is.
Wales play their first World Cup match against Canada on 9 September, while France open their account against Argentina two days earlier.
Wales – Try: James Hook. Conversion: Hook.
France – JÃ©rÃ´me Thion, Pierre Mignoni, Aurelien Rougerie, Sebastien Bruno. Conversions: Lionel Beauxis (3). Penalties: Beauxis (3).