Wales appeared to have a second Grand Slam in three years, finished with five minutes left in Paris, with Wayne Pivac’s side ten points for good and sitting pretty, before France at 14 worked miracles to steal victory from death. .
It was 80 minutes of pure drama at the Stade de France, with four tries in the first 20 minutes, as well as two game-changing scores on death, with four cards dealt by referee Luke Pearce to top it off.
And the nonstop action left Roberts, who helped Wales advance to back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013, in awe of what he had just seen, as most of us watch at home .
“It’s the fastest my heart has ever beat, in the last ten minutes – have you ever seen a Six Nations end like this,” Roberts told the BBC after the match.
“For me it’s one of the biggest Six Nations games I’ve ever seen, and I think the majority of people watching will be at this tournament.
“He had everything, he had tried from the start. The quarter of an hour of opening, we had four tests.
“He had banned testing, there were cards, two yellows, one red and that finish – we’ve never seen that. “
Less than a quarter of the match had been played and we had already seen Dan Biggar and Josh Navidi pass each other for the visitors, while Romain Taofifénua and Antoine Dupont passed for the hosts, but it turned out to be just an aperitif of this. that was going to happen. as the clock ticked in the French capital.
Josh Adams appeared to have tipped the tie in favor of Wales with another score just after the break, with the 2019 Grand Slam champions set to wear another undefeated championship after Paul Willemse saw red around the hour.
But even with 14 men, the Blues were relentless in their attack and weren’t ready to give up the 2021 Guinness Six Nations title without a fight, as they fought tooth and nail to get back into the game, forcing Taulupe Faletau and Liam Williams will receive a yellow card in his desperate attempts to keep them at bay.
And against 13 men, the pressure was relentless on the Welsh try line, with Charles Ollivon crossing with four minutes left to set up a grandstand finish, heart in mouth for Cardiff at Wrexham as the game was over. the edge of the knife.
As the clock turned red, Wales were still champions with a three-point victory within their grasp, but absorbing wave after wave of French attack, and their male disadvantage was finally told in the dying seconds. while Brice Dulin crossed to break the hearts of the Welsh and leave. the championship hangs in the balance until France faces Scotland this next Friday.
Fabien Galthie’s side will need to score four tries and earn more than 20 points to clinch a first title since 2010 in six days, but whatever happens in Paris he will struggle to beat what was one of the all – time for big league games.