Six Nations: talking points from the weekend’s action | Paul Rees

France denied Wales a grand slam but Pivac has plenty to cheer, while England, Ireland and Scotland have much to ponder

The grand slam was snatched from them at the last after they had forced France to dig to the bottom. The disappointment will linger because they were so close, but in time they will reflect on a tournament that should set them up for the coming years. Fortune may have deserted them at the end with claims for what would probably have been a match-winning penalty try waved away, but after a fitful 2020, they forged a post-Warren Gatland identity, smart and bold. France became their third opponents of the year to have a player sent off with all the red cards coming at the breakdown, an area where Wales compete hard. Their head coach, Wayne Pivac, will probably have to replace a few stalwarts before the World Cup, but changes will not now be an act of desperation.

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