British & Irish Lion Jamie Roberts admits the result rather than the performance was what mattered most as Wales beat France in the Stade de France on Saturday night.
The victory is Wales’ fourth in a row against Les Bleus, a feat they had not achieved since the 1950s, and owed much to fellow Lion Leigh Halfpenny’s accurate goal-kicking.
Roberts, who plays his club rugby in France with Racing Metro, led a fine defensive effort at the end of the second half as Wales stood firm in the face of mounting French pressure.
And the centre could not hide his delight afterwards at writing his name in the Welsh record books and keeping Wales’ Six Nations title hopes alive ahead of Ireland’s trip to Cardiff in a fortnight’s time.
“Winning in France is a very special thing and we forget that sometimes and to do it four times in a row makes everyone very proud,” he said.
“Winning in France is a very special day regardless of winning ugly.
“I remember two years ago we won ugly and again it wasn't the prettiest of games but we've managed to win out here."
“We need to go up another level again to beat Ireland.”
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