Six Nations | Wales crowned champions after Scotland defeat France

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Wales have been crowned as 2021 Guinness Six Nations champions following Scotland’s 27-23 victory over France in Paris.

France, who defeated Wales in a dramatic clash last week, needed a bonus-point victory by a margin of over 21 points to pip the Welsh to the Championship.

Wales have now won the tournament for the second time in three years, and for the first time under head coach Wayne Pivac.

Scotland’s win over Les Bleus also means that Ireland finish third in the table on 15 points, with France on 16 and winners Wales on 20.

The Scots finish fourth behind Ireland on score difference, with both nations five points clear of England in fifth, and 15 ahead of Italy.

France led 13-10 at half time after two penalties from Romain Ntamack and a try by Brice Dulin (which Ntamack converted).

At the other end, Duhan van der Merwe scored Scotland’s first try in the 15th minute, which Finn Russell converted before scoring a penalty later in the half.

Damian Penaud scored a contender for try of the tournament in the 46th minute to extend France’s lead, but Gregor Townsend’s visitors hit back through another Russell penalty and a try from Dave Cherry just after the hour mark.

Swan Rebbadj responded four minutes later with Les Bleus’ third try, before Racing 92 star Russell was sent off for Scotland in the 71st minute for an illegal elbow on Dulin.

However, Baptiste Serin was shown a yellow card just two minutes later, leaving both sides with 14 men for the closing stages.

It was Scotland who grabbed the game’s final try, van der Merwe weaving in past Penaud and grounding to give the away side the lead in the 80th minute.

Adam Hastings converted to seal a remarkable victory for Scotland.

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