Sunday 18 March 2018

France v Ireland - as it happened

Jonny Sexton of Ireland kicks a conversion during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at Stade de France
Jonny Sexton of Ireland kicks a conversion during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at Stade de France

France v Ireland - as it happened

2: Ireland are penalised when Chris Henry is pinged for failing to release. Maxime Machenaud kicks expertly between the posts.

4: Mathieu Bastareaud plows straight through the middle at speed, Gordon D'Arcy and Brian O'Driscoll miss tackles, the Frenchman passes forward and it's scrum Ireland.

7: France win the lineout and Louis Picamoles carries forward.

13: Ireland give away a penalty after Dave Kearney fails to release the ball.

14: Machenaud converts again to make it 6-0.

17: Brian O'Driscoll goes down injured, play is paused as he requires attention. Play resumes with a scrum, a reset is called and the French front row is subsequently penalised. Sexton kicks into the French 22 for a lineout.

19: Peter O'Mahony gets the ball to Murray from the lineout. The scrumhalf makes up ground and Ireland are on the attack.

20: Ireland work the ball across the line, they are five metres out; after 11 phases Chris Henry gets the ball to Sexton, who gets over for the try.

22: Sexton fails to convert; it goes to the right and wide.

24: Ireland turnover and Sexton kicks long. Picamoles makes a mistake and drops the ball in a rare handling error and it's a scrum for Ireland.

25: Brian O'Driscoll breaks the gain line; Murray gets through the space, he reaches the French 22, then offloads to Andrew Trimble, who goes over for a try.

26: Sexton converts.

28: Heaslip is penalised for holding on, France kick to the corner and win their own lineout.

30: France have the ball five metres out, they work it to Remi Tales, he kicks cross field to Yoann Huget. Both Huget and Rob Kearney jump for it but it's the French man who reaches. He knocks it down to Brice Dulin who goes over the line in the right-hand corner.

31: Machenaud converts.

35: Penalty for Ireland and Sexton kicks to touch, Ireland win the lineout but France manage to turnover and get the ball to Tales. He attempts a drop goal but it goes wide.

39: Scrum for France after Ireland forward pass but it's a penalty for Ireland when France are penalised in the scrum and Sexton kicks close to the French 22.

41: Heaslip finds the gap and is pulled down. Penalty Ireland and it's the last play of the half. Sexton misses it and France go in 13-12 ahead at half-time.

Half-time: France 13 Ireland 12

41: Good first lineout for Ireland. They work the ball across the field and back again. Sexton tries a box kick but France collect and are in possession.

42: France attack with ferocity and get into the Irish 22. Paul O'Connell stops the rot, penalty Ireland and Sexton kicks it out to touch.

46: Trimble sucks in the defence, beats three French players, off loads to O'Driscoll, he's pulled down, the ball is worked to Sexton via Conor Murray and it's try number two for the No 10.

48: Sexton converts.

52: Jamie Heaslip is taken out without the ball, it's a penalty for Ireland and Sexton kicks it over.

58: Ireland win the lineout, the ball finds Murray. He kicks but Huget claims and goes on the attack.

59: O'Driscoll is penalised for tackling a man off the ball near the sideline.

62: Lineout France from five metres out, they win and work the ball across at the five-metre line. Damien Chouly gets agonisingly close to the line but it is Dimitri Szarzewski who gets down for the try at the base of the post.

63: Machenaud converts.

64: Changes come for Schmidt's men as Marty Moore comes on for Peter O'Mahony, Iain Henderson for Mike Ross and Eoin Reddan for Conor Murray.

66: Fergus McFadden on for Gordon D'Arcy.

67: Sexton is injured and requires treatment. Ian Madigan comes on for the outhalf.

68: Scrum for Ireland, penalty for France after big drive. Big let up for Ireland as Jean-Marc Doussain misses.

70: Jack McGrath for Healy and Sean Cronin for Best.

74: Penalty Ireland and Madigan kicks to touch.

77: Ireland attack outside the France 22, phase after phase. Penalty France but Doussain doesn't find touch.

78: France attack on the Ireland 22 and Pascal Pape gets the ball out wide to Chouly, who goes over the line for a try – but it's deemed a forward pass after the TMO is consulted.

80: Ireland lose the scrum, France have possession but Ireland force the turnover and win the game.

Full-time: France 20 Ireland 22

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