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🔴 Les Bleus sont #PrêtsAuCombat ! Découvrez la composition de l’équipe désignée par le sélectionneur Jacques Brunel et son staff pour affronter l’Irlande samedi au @StadeFrance ! #soutiensleXV #FRAIRL pic.twitter.com/vazmm3GdTm
— FF Rugby (@FFRugby) February 1, 2018
3 Minutes – PENALTY France 0-3 Ireland
France offside after Ireland work it through the hands to get to the 22. Easy start to Ireland to start piling on the pressure.
7 Minutes – Ireland pressurise France back into their own 22. France clear.
10 Minutes – French pressure from stealing an Irish lineout and they slowly start to work forward, 14 phases later and Ireland force the knock-on. Ireland showing how well organised they are in defence.
14 Minutes – Irish force another scrum with a knock on in the tackle. Ireland give away the penalty after looking to pressure France by holding on in the ruck.
16 Minutes – France win the lineout and look to create some space out wide, Ireland guide them towards the touchline and it’s out for a lineout to Ireland. A few hints at Jaliberts gameplay, but Ireland handling him well so far.
21 Minutes – A good chance off a penalty see France waste the chance and give away a free kick. Ireland clear the lines, win the ball back after the high kick. 9 phases later for Ireland and France give away a penalty. Ireland take a shot at 3 points.
22 Minutes – PENALTY – France 0-6 Ireland
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) February 3, 2018
26 Minutes – A mistake at a ruck just inside the French half see’s the ball spill. France kick forward. Jalibert chases and puts pressure on Rob Kearney. Conor Murray takes control and clears again.
29 Minutes -France give away a scrum penalty and Sexton puts Ireland back into the French half on the attack.
30 Minutes – Jalibert down after tackling Bundee Aki, he’s off for an HIA.
31 Minutes – Ireland build through tight forward phases with runner’s off the 9, they work there way to 10m but at the ruck France win it back and clear to outside the 22.
33 Minutes – Ireland win the lineout but Murray is going backwards as he is snagged by French forwards. A kick for Ireland ends with the French winger going out. Lineout to Ireland.
Kearney get’s caught for holding on in the ruck, this gives France a chance to get on the board.
PENALTY – Machenaud France 3-6 Ireland
38 Minutes – Ireland pressuring and moving forward, Sébastien Vahaamahina takes out Connor Murray for a silly penalty, a sitter for Sexton.
PENALTY – Sexton France 3-9 Ireland
Completely different game to Wales v Scotland. France have given away silly penalties which make the difference at halftime. Ireland will be disappointed with the possession and territory to only have a 6 point lead.
Bit dull, going to go and get a beer…..
HALF-TIME: France 3-9 Ireland. An intense contest in Paris, who’ll take this one!?
— NatWest 6 Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 3, 2018
42 Minutes – Ireland playing rugby on the half-way line again building over 10 phases. An attempt at flair finishes with a forward pass, France have the put in at the scrum.
44 Minutes – France win the scrum and it’s their turn to attack just inside the Irish half. They want to keep it short and simple so lots of forwards running off the 9. They lose it in a ruck and give away a penalty. Sexton sends it for an Irish lineout on French 22m.
46 Minutes – Ireland set up a maul from the lineout but France drive it back. Ireland get the ball back, the work it from right to left with Sexton taking it on, a couple of phases in and France give away another penalty. Jonathan Sexton will take the points.
PENALTY! Sexton – France 3-12 Ireland
48 Minutes -France kick it deep for kick off, Ireland work forward through the forwards, then France again give away a silly penalty which Nigel Owens penalises. Vahaamahina lucky to escape a yello for constant offence. Ireland back into attacking mode on the French 22 with a lineout.
50 Minutes – Ireland win the lineout and build through the phases again and start to work towards the try line.14 Phases in and Ireland have powered through to the 5m, but France steals it back through Poirot.
54 Minutes – France start to assert some control with a quick lineout and work into the Ireland half, a penalty gives Machenaud a chance to get back to 6 points.
I’m starting to fancy France to steal it here.
57 Minutes – Ireland make a break, but mistakes from Sexton and Kearney give a scrum to France.
62 Minutes – Ireland a couple of penalties, the second inside the 22. But Sexton misses the oppurtunity to take Ireland to a 9 point lead.
66 Minutes – France break through the gain line with Vakatawa beating defenders. France give away a penalty as they are about to start making real headway. Ireland go for a lineout.
68 Minutes – Ireland give away a penalty with a high tackle. France get the chance to attack in Irelands half. France win the lineout but they are being forced backwards with strong defence. Ends in a wayward kick and a 22 dropout for Ireland.
Really impressive defence by Ireland then, France with no idea how to move Irish defence around. Can you say they are already missing Jalibert?
70 Minutes – Up and under from France starts an attack for Ireland which peters out. Neither team really trying anything out there, even Nigel Owens looks bored.
73 Minutes – TRY! France 13-12 Ireland
Finally some entertaining rugby, Ireland clear to touch on the halfway, France start quick and Teddy Thomas slices open rounding Jacob Stockdale to get clear and finish with a tackle from Keith Earls. Machenaud add’s the conversion to take the lead. Finally something happens.
A great finish from 60m out.
— FF Rugby (@FFRugby) February 3, 2018
77 Minutes – Ireland too busy questioning a return to the field of Machenaud for a HIA give away a penalty, but Belleau misses. 1 point int it.
80 Minutes – Ireland try to attack from their own half but as the rest of the game has gone it’s largely innefective. Sexton pulls off a cross-field kick to Keith Earls which gains them ground into the French half with a great take. The attack falls static though and after 32 phases they are nearly back on in their own half.
3 minutes in and about 40 phases Sexton pulls off a monster drop goal to win it. CLASS!
41 phases deep.. 👊
45 metres out.. 👉
2 points down..😮
— Ultimate Rugby (@ultimaterugby) February 3, 2018
France 13-15 Ireland.
— FF Rugby (@FFRugby) February 3, 2018
Difficult to find much interesting in that, Irish fans will be over the moon. Not one for the fans.