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Saturday 29 April 2017

What the French papers said Midi Olympique Le Monde


'Combat Kings -- Blue pack dominates Irish through power and dynamism in a performance that augurs well for the Grand Slam'

"By dominating Ireland in every part of the game, France recorded a brilliant victory at the Stade de France. Shell-shocked and shaken by the shattering of their 12-match unbeaten series, the body language and facial expressions of the Irish players at the end said it all."

'L'Equipe's' Irish player ratings: Kearney 4; Bowe 3, O'Driscoll 5, D'Arcy 5.5, Earls 5, O'Gara 4, O'Leary 4, Healy 3, Flannery 4.5, Hayes 4, Cullen 4.5, O'Connell 4.5, Ferris 4, D Wallace 4.5, Heaslip 6.5. Subs: Court 3, P Wallace 3.5

Midi Olympique

"While France were wary of Ireland at the breakdown going into the game, it was exactly there where they were most dominant. It was their aggression and breakdown work which were the most impressive aspects of France's performance."

Le Monde

"We waited for the greens but all we saw was blue. While outclassing Ireland 33-10 on Saturday in St Denis, France replied in masterly fashion to the question of what level they are at. Thierry Dusatoir and his men showed a tremendous appetite for battle that the supposed strongmen of the Irish pack -- Hayes, O'Connell, Wallace and Heaslip -- could not match."

Irish Independent

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