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Rugby-Wales overhaul France to reach semis after Vahaamahina red card

    OITA, Japan, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Ross Moriarty scored the
winning try as Wales exploited their numerical superiority to
rally for a 20-19 victory over France in the Rugby World Cup
quarter-finals on Sunday after French lock Sebastien Vahaamahina
had been shown a red card.  
    In an echo of the semi-final meeting between the two nations
in 2011 when France won after Sam Warburton was sent off, the
Six Nations champions overhauled a nine-point deficit after
Vahaamahina was dismissed for foul play in the 49th minute.
    Replacement loose forward Moriarty crossed in the 74th
minute to give Wales an eighth win in their last nine meetings
with France and set up a semi-final against hosts Japan or South
Africa, who play in Tokyo later on Sunday.  
    France had threatened to stage another sensational World Cup
upset after a brilliant first-half display in which they scored
three tries, including two in the first eight minutes, to lead
19-10 at the break.    

 (Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Tony Lawrence)