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Wales happy with 'ugly' win - Ball

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Published on October 20, 2019 - Duration: 00:43s

Wales happy with 'ugly' win - Ball

Wales lock Jake Ball admits his side had an 'ugly' victory against France but says they’ll take the 20-19 win in Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final.

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Wales happy with 'ugly' win - Ball

SHOWS: OITA, JAPAN (OCTOBER 20, 2019) (AGENCY POOL - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) WALES LOCK, JAKE BALL, SAYING: "Sometimes rugby's just about winning ugly and in all honesty we certainly did that today, but we'll take it." 2.

WHITE FLASH 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) WALES LOCK, JAKE BALL, SAYING: "We knew it was going to be a physical encounter against France and they certainly didn't disappoint in that area.

Obviously, we made it difficult for ourselves in that first half, we showed a lot of character to come back and win that game." 4.

WHITE FLASH 5.

(SOUNDBITE) (French) FRANCE WING, DAMIAN PENAUD, SPEAKING ABOUT SEBASTIEN VAHAAMAHINA'S RED CARD, SAYING: "I don't think it's Seb's fault.

I found that even with 14 men we were able to show a good state of mind.

We didn't give up for 80 minutes.

We lacked control.

We didn't score every time we went to their camp, when I think there was a chance.

We left a lot of points on the way and on our ball we lacked control, we made handling mistakes, I was the first one." STORY: Wales lock Jake Ball admitted his side had an 'ugly' victory against France after they came from behind to win 20-19 in their World Cup quarter-final on Sunday (October 20).

France were reduced to 14 men after Sebastien Vahaamahina was shown a red card for elbowing Welsh flanker Aaron Wainwright in the face early in the second half.

France had led 19-10 at halftime and held their ground until Ross Moriarty's 74th-minute converted try gave Wales their narrow win.

It was only the third time that France had failed to reach the semi-finals at the World Cup and the French players afterwards refused to blame Vahaamahina for the defeat.

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