Thursday 13 December 2018

'I just wanted one more chance' - Jonathan Sexton on his miracle drop goal that sealed stunning win in Paris

Jonathan Sexton of Ireland celebrates with teammates after kicking the match winning drop goal during the NatWest Six Nations Rugby Championship match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France in Paris, France. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Jonathan Sexton of Ireland celebrates with teammates after kicking the match winning drop goal during the NatWest Six Nations Rugby Championship match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France in Paris, France. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
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Jonathan Sexton produced one of the most iconic moments in Ireland's history in the Six Nations with a miraculous 42 metre drop goal in the last seconds to earn a 15-13 win at the Stade de France.

Sexton had earlier missed a penalty to put Ireland nine points to the good and it looked like a costly miss when Teddy Thomas scored a fantastic solo try to put Les Bleus in front with 10 minutes to go.

Replacement flyhalf Anthony Belleau missed a 77th minute kick to put Jacques Brunel's side four to the good and Ireland capitalised.

Iain Henderson retrieved the 22 drop out, Sexton pulled off an amazing cross-field kick to find Earls to get Ireland into the French half and when the pack got Sexton in position after 41 phases, the flyhalf did the rest.

"You always know you're going to have one chance in games like that when it's touch and go. We could have put it to bed with the penalty I snatched at and I just wanted one more chance," Sexton told TV3

"I've been in that position before and not got the chance.

"I'm just happy for the lads. It was a great effort. It was a scrappy game with the conditions the way they were and the way Nigel reffed it. He let them come in off their feet at times.

"We got a couple of decisions against us but we stuck in there and if we get what we want to get from this Championship, we'll look back at those last 10 minutes and how we hung in.

"We said they can do something out of nothing. They have magicians like Teddy Thomas.

"I though it was going to be deja vu after two years ago. Thankfully we got a chance, the boys kept stepping up and getting us into that position to put me in range."

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