Wales head coach Ioan Cunningham called on his side to show more self-belief against the best in the world after falling to a 33-5 defeat against France.
The atmosphere was electric before kick-off at Cardiff Arms Park but Wales were their own worst enemy, as France scored through a double from Laure Sansus and further tries from Caroline Boujard and Chloé Jacquet in the first half.
Wales limited France to a single score from fly-half Jessy Trémoulière after the break, getting on the scoresheet themselves through Sioned Harries.
Cunningham said: “I still think we’re going through a bit of a transition around having self-believe and knowing that we can actually trouble these teams which are top two or top three in the world.
“I think we do possibly stand off them a little bit.
“That is something that we are working towards, and I think that it won’t take long to adjust that, and when we do show what we can do as we did in that second half, we can really threaten France.
“We spoke at half-time about going out there and winning the second half. We can be pleased with that, and we just have to look at starting the game a bit better as those bigger sides do.”
The result leaves Wales in third though all three teams below them have games to come this weekend.
Wales started the Championship with a bang, beating Ireland and Scotland in their first two games. And they have a chance of a third win for the first time since 2009 when they play Italy on Super Saturday.
The result means France can look forward to a Grand Slam clash with England in Round 5.
Cunningham added: “We spoke about how we’re going to have to look at ourselves physically in regards to individual errors and unit errors.
“But also, we can take a lot of belief from a second half where we showed what we can create and eventually scored a try.
“We are very pleased that we are showing progress, and you know our game is evolving as well.
“We look back at it internally, and where we are now, I think we have grown a bit and evolved, so I’m excited about where we can get to over the next nine months.
“We have got another tough tasking facing us next week. Italy are a good team.
“They’re going to come here to prove a point as well, so we have got to dust ourselves off, put a good working week under our belt and look forward to next Saturday.”
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