Halfpenny’s boot helps Wales to win in France

WALES kept its hopes of a fifth Six Nations title in 11 seasons alive with a dogged 20-13 win against France in Paris.

A try to Dan Biggar and five penalties from the boot of Leigh Halfpenny was enough to secure the win, the first time Wales had beaten France in four consecutive games since 1957.

After a loss to England in the opening round, followed by a narrow win against Scotland away, Welsh hopes will now rest on a home game against Ireland in the next round on March 14.

Meanwhile, Scotland's spluttering campaign suffered a blow, beaten 22-19 by Italy at Murrayfield.

A penalty try in the last minute, converted by Tommaso Allan, left the Scots as the only team without a win, while Italy secured its first Six Nations victory since 2013. It was also the first time Italy had won in Edinburgh since 2007.

Ireland hosted England overnight.

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