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Sunday 10 March 2019, 11:00am EDT

Ireland v France

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  • FT
  • ConversionBaptiste Serin
  • TRY!Camille Chat
  • ConversionBaptiste Serin
  • TRY!Yoann Huget
  • Yellow CardDorian Aldegheri
  • ConversionJohnny Sexton
  • TRY!Keith Earls
  • HT
  • TRY!Jack Conan
  • ConversionJohnny Sexton
  • TRY!Johnny Sexton
  • ConversionJohnny Sexton
  • TRY!Rory Best
  • KO


Match Stats
Player Stats
Defenders beaten
Clean breaks
Turnovers conceded
Turnovers won
Missed tackles
Ireland T C P
15 Jordan Larmour 0 0 0
14 Keith Earls 1 0 0
13 Garry Ringrose 0 0 0
12 Bundee Aki 0 0 0
11 Jacob Stockdale 0 0 0
10 Johnny Sexton 1 3 0
9 Conor Murray 0 0 0
1 Cian Healy 0 0 0
2 Rory Best 1 0 0
3 Tadhg Furlong 0 0 0
4 Iain Henderson 0 0 0
5 James Ryan 0 0 0
6 Peter O'Mahony 0 0 0
7 Josh van der Flier 0 0 0
8 CJ Stander 0 0 0
16 Niall Scannell 0 0 0
17 Dave Kilcoyne 0 0 0
18 John Ryan 0 0 0
19 Ultan Dillane 0 0 0
20 Jack Conan 1 0 0
21 John Cooney 0 0 0
22 Jack Carty 0 0 0
23 Andrew Conway 0 0 0
France T C P
15 Thomas Ramos 0 0 0
14 Damian Penaud 0 0 0
13 Mathieu Bastareaud 0 0 0
12 Gael Fickou 0 0 0
11 Yoann Huget 1 0 0
10 Romain Ntamack 0 0 0
9 Antoine Dupont 0 0 0
1 Jefferson Poirot 0 0 0
2 Guilhem Guirado 0 0 0
3 Demba Bamba 0 0 0
4 Felix Lambey 0 0 0
5 Sebastien Vahaamahina 0 0 0
6 Wenceslas Lauret 0 0 0
7 Arthur Iturria 0 0 0
8 Louis Picamoles 0 0 0
16 Camille Chat 1 0 0
17 Etienne Falgoux 0 0 0
18 Dorian Aldegheri 0 0 0
19 Paul Willemse 0 0 0
20 Gregory Alldritt 0 0 0
21 Baptiste Serin 0 2 0
22 Anthony Belleau 0 0 0
23 Maxime Médard 0 0 0


Six Nations

3 Ireland 81 14
4 France 70 10
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  • So, it will be a trip to the Principality Stadium for Ireland next week, while France head to Rome to face Italy. Until then, thank you for joining us – and have a good week!
  • So, the permutations then. A win for Wales against Ireland in Cardiff next week gives them the Grand Slam and the Guinness Six Nations title. A win for Ireland however would give Joe Schmidt’s side a chance to claim the crown once more – but only if England fail to defeat Scotland.
  • FULL-TIME: Ireland run out convincing winners in this Guinness Six Nations tie to keep their hopes of the championship alive – but it’s France who ultimately win the second half. A much more composed Les Bleus performance after the break saw them restrict the chances of the hosts once again and two late scores from Yoann Huget and Camille Chat ensured that they did not draw a blank. At full-time, it finishes Ireland 26-14 France.
  • CONVERSION: Ireland 26-14 France. Les Bleus add the extras to finish with a flourish but it’s the hosts who take the win in Dublin!
  • Try
    TRY: Ireland 26-12 France. The try is awarded! Chat gets himself on the scoresheet with what will be the penultimate act of the game.
  • A final French line-out inside the Irish 22 produces a promising maul and they crash over the line. The TMO will have a look to see if the attack was held up.
  • Les Bleus are now back up to a full contingent with the seconds ticking down.
  • CONVERSION: Ireland 26-7 France. The extras are quickly knocked over to make it a converted score.
  • Try
    TRY: Ireland 26-5 France. Les Bleus are on the board! It’s a simple set-piece, played well to put Huget through the gap and in under the sticks.
  • Ringrose is offside in the defensive line and France put the ball deep inside the opposition 22 for an attacking line-out.
  • Time is running out for France to avoid a whitewash here, as they pick up a scrum on halfway. Do they have anything left in the tank?
  • Lamour weaves a brilliant run towards the line and just comes up short. France then win the turnover to relieve the pressure for a moment.
  • Yellow Card
    Aldegheri is off! It's a trip to the sin bin as another infringement despite a successful scrum sees the referee follow up on his promise. It's gone from bad to worse for Les Bleus.
  • Yet another collapse prompts the referee to threaten a yellow card for the next infringement as both sides pack down again.
  • Another scrum collapse sees Ireland handed a penalty, which they opt to turn into another scrum. The demoralising effect this is happening on France is becoming noticeable; they look absolutely miserable.
  • The line-out results in a scrum for the hosts but an initial collapse forces a reset. The fresh legs in the Irish pack are just proving too much for France right now.
  • Carty booms a kick downfield to pin the visitors on a defensive line-out mere yards from their own try-line.
  • That try has taken the wind out of France. Les Bleus are looking lethargic, even as they try gutsily to burrow their way back into Irish territory.
  • Cooney and Carty are on for Sexton and Murray, along with several changes in the pack as Joe Schmidt makes the swaps with an eye on the trip to Wales next week.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Ireland 26-0 France. Sexton makes no mistake with the extras. As it stands, it’s his country’s biggest winning margin against Les Bleus.
  • Try
    TRY: Ireland 24-0 France. That’s the bonus point! Earls whips in behind the ruck at an Irish line-out, takes the offload and races away past some flat-footed French defence to touch down next to the posts. That’s 30 international tries to his name.
  • Ringrose puts the ball to ground with a knock-on five metres out, yet Ireland are given a reprieve after Bastareaud was flagged for offside.
  • A deep kick from Ireland puts the ball into the left corner for Stockdale to chase. Dupont gets there first but is pinned in goal to force the five metre scrum.
  • This match is the first time in five years that France have failed to score in the first half of a championship game.
  • Ramos makes the break for France following a line-out and Huget comes up in support. Les Bleus put the ball to ground only a phase later though and Ireland stick a clearing kick deep downfield.
  • After a dozen phases however, a heavy tackle by Ringrose forces a knock-on and the hosts get the scrum.
  • This has been a much better start from France who, as the heavens open, have created some promising phase play to encroach into the Ireland 22.
  • Ireland kick proceedings back underway at the Aviva Stadium. Will they turn this into a rout or can France salvage some dignity?
  • The visitors have been forced into a few injury-related changes throughout the first half and with the sheer amount of defence they had to put in, their energy levels look perilously low. That could make for easy pickings by the hosts.
  • HALF-TIME: It’s Ireland’s game to lose in Dublin as the hosts have controlled an opening 40 minutes relentlessly at the Aviva Stadium – but Joe Schmidt might feel that his side deserve more to show. Tries for Rory Best, Johnny Sexton and Jack Conan have provided the difference, yet a Les Bleus side mostly on the ropes has managed to hold off some herculean pressure elsewhere. At the break, it’s Ireland 19-0 France.
  • Ireland win a turnover off a relatively soft French attack in midfield as the clock ticks over and the referee blows for half-time.
  • Sexton just hooks his conversion wide of the far post but Ireland still have a hefty hold on this game with the break looming.
  • Try
    TRY: Ireland 19-0 France. There’s no doubt about that one! The hosts spread it wide and fast, with Conan the man to bulldoze his way over on the right wing.
  • Henderson gets the turnover off Bamba with the game still inside the French 22 and Ireland are once again on the offensive. It’s just not going the way of Les Bleus today.
  • No try! Ringrose is deemed to have lost control of the ball and France get the scrum.
  • Have Ireland got another in quick succession? Ringrose slides over beneath the sticks after collecting a Sexton box kick inside the opposition 22 and celebrates wildly but the referee wants a second look to make sure he has not lost control of the ball.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Ireland 14-0 France. Sexton adds the extras and stretches the lead.
  • Try
    TRY: Ireland 12-0 France. The hosts are finally over again! Another penalty gives the hosts a maul that draws in several French defenders before Ringrose spins a pass wide to Sexton. The half-back sees the gap, and slips through to touch down next to the posts.
  • That being said, Ireland can’t get through to the try-line either. Another penalty, another line-out, another half-dozen phases within touching distance and the nearest they go is through Aki reaching out and falling a yard or so short.
  • No matter what France do, they cannot get out of their own half as the concede possession cheaply again. Stander makes the most of it and almost puts Ringrose away on the 22 with a booming pass, only for the defence to scramble in time to prevent the break.
  • Ireland win another line-out following a problematic scrum but can’t break through the French defence again after Dupont dumps Sexton into touch. Van der Flier is down and is replaced by Conan for the moment.
  • Another Ireland penalty now as Bamba, back on following a blood injury assessment, comes in at the side. It's an overthrow at the line-out and Sexton nearly gets there but knocks on with the line begging.
  • Ireland get a penalty of their own now however after French defenders come off their feet and go to their knees in a tackle and Sexton puts it to touch for a line-out near the Les Bleus’ five metre line.
  • Falgoux is now on for France and a deliberate knock-on from Ireland at the scrum means the visitors pick up a penalty.
  • No try! Healy rolls the ball over the try-line but does not have downward pressure and is deemed to have knocked on. Scrum to Les Bleus.
  • France make a herculean effort to earn a turnover on their own try-line and look to have withstood the attack but a loose ball squirts out with Ireland claiming a try in the confusion after Healy gets a hand to the ball. The TMO will be called upon again.
  • Ireland make great distance following the French scrum however, with the hosts able to work their way into the opposition 22 off the back of another smart Sexton pass. The half-back is taking the game to the line today.
  • Les Bleus make another early change with Bamba replaced by Aldegheri.
  • A pair of quick turnover balls in succession sees both sides surrender possession in midfield before Ringrose knocks on from a poor pass.
  • France are forced into an early change as Lauret limps off. Alldritt is drafted on in his place.
  • Fickou spots space out wide on the left and drills a crossfield kick towards it for Huget to chase. Again, there’s too much weight behind the effort and it skitters into touch for a line-out.
  • With their prospective try chalked off, France are forced into reverse and are almost unlocked when a Sexton pass releases Stockdale on the left wing. He puts boot to ball and chips it into the in-goal, only to put too much power on it. Scrum to Les Bleus.
  • No try! Penaud is deemed to have knocked on and Ireland get the scrum.
  • Is this an instant response from Les Bleus? From a scrum on halfway, they scythe across the field with a high kick that Penaud appears to let sail through his arms, with Ramos collecting to stroll in. The TMO will have a look.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Ireland 7-0 France. It’s a brilliant kick to add the two points from Sexton as well, to cement a fine opening for Ireland.
  • Try
    TRY: Ireland 5-0 France. It’s the perfect start for the hosts! Hooker Best drives forward with a sturdy maul and crashes over as it breaks up.
  • Having been less than convincing in their victory over Italy last time out, the hosts are hoping for an easier ride this afternoon and they win an early penalty deep in the French 22 after Iturria is flagged for an infringement. Sexton sticks the ball into the left corner for a line-out.
  • We are underway in this Guinness Six Nations clash between Ireland and France!
  • The teams are out in Dublin for the national anthems.
  • Ireland have won four of their last five games against France in the championship, as many as they had won in their initial 14 meetings since Italy joined in 2000.
  • France have lost nine of their last 11 away games in the championship, with their only victories in that run coming against Italy.
  • Replacements: Camille Chat, Etienne Falgoux, Dorian Aldegheri, Paul Willemse, Greg Alldritt, Baptise Serin, Anthony Belleau, Maxime Medard.
  • France: Thomas Ramos, Damian Penaud, Mathieu Bastareaud, Gael Fickou, Yoann Huget, Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Jefferson Poirot, Guilhem Guirado, Demba Bamba, Felix Lambey, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Wenceslas Lauret, Arthur Iturria, Louis Picamoles.
  • Replacements: Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, John Ryan, Ultane Dillane, Jack Conan, John Cooney, Jack Carty, Andrew Conway.
  • Ireland: Jordan Larmour, Keith Earls, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, James Ryan, Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, CJ Stander.
  • The hosts have seen a late withdrawal after Rob Kearney was ruled out only hours before kick-off. Jordan Larmour makes the move to full-back and Andrew Conway has been drafted onto the bench in a side that has seen seven changes. France, unusually, have made no swaps.
  • It’s third against fifth as Ireland host France at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The hosts have already seen their dreams of a Grand Slam dashed by England but know they could feasibly still win the championship if results go their way – but they will need a big win against Les Bleus to give themselves a fighting chance.
  • Hello and welcome to today’s Guinness Six Nations live commentary. Check back closer to kick-off for minute-by-minute updates!

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