France led 24-19 at the half-time break, but then scored a controversial try through Rougerie just after the break when Wales captain Scott Quinnell spent some time in the sin bin for a dangerous challenge on French fullback Nicolas Brusque.
Welsh Scorers. Tries by Craig Quinnell, Nathan Budgett and Kevin Morgan. Stephen Jones kicked three conversions and four penalties.
French Scorers. Tries by Tony Marsh (2) and Aurilien Rougerie. Girald Merceron kicked two conversions, four penalties and one drop-goal, while Damien Traille kicked