ALUN Wyn Jones was bemused that France were given an additional 20 minutes in which to find enough points to beat Wales.
A series of collapsed scrums and penalties prolonged the match at the Stade de France, with Damien Chouly eventually touching down with 99 minutes on the clock before Camille Lopez's conversion secured France a 20-18 win.
Wales, who had been 10 points down in the first half, looked to have earned victory thanks to six penalties from Leigh Halfpenny.
Defeat leaves them second bottom of the RBS 6 Nations table following two victories from five matches.
Wales captain Wyn Jones said: "(A) bit of bemusement that we got to 100 minutes on the clock, minus time off.
"We felt we did enough to win that. The repeated penalties almost gave them a crutch to get to the end. We'll have to look at it.
"Irrelevant of what happened at the end there, we feel we're a better team than that. Two from five isn't good enough.
"We felt we deserved more today but we're not going to use the last 20 minutes, which is outside of the 80 minutes (as an excuse)."