France
13 - 15
Ireland
2018/02/03 | 18:45 |  Six Nations | Stade de France |  Full Time
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France Ireland
  • 71' Teddy Thomas
    1 Tries 0
  • 73' Anthony Belleau
    1 Conversions 0
  • 35' Maxime Machenaud
    53' Maxime Machenaud
    2 Penalties 4 2' Johnny Sexton
    21' Johnny Sexton
    38' Johnny Sexton
    46' Johnny Sexton
  • 0 Drop Goals 1 80' Johnny Sexton
  • Yellow Cards
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Commentary
  • 80'

    DROP GOAL, IRELAND, SEXTON! 13-15: Johnny Sexton links up well with Keith Earls as Sexton sends the ball in the direction of Earls with a cross field kick on the France ten metre line. Earls wins the ball in the air for Ireland and Ireland are still well and truly alive in this game as they force France to make the tackles. Ireland go through 35 phases and Johnny Sexton lines up the drop goal for Ireland from the France ten metre line. The ball sails through the poles and it is absolute jubilation for Ireland as they win the game at the death with a Johnny Sexton drop goal. What a moment from Johnny Sexton to show his world class big match temperament. Johnny Sexton is the man of the moment for Ireland but France are devastated and deserve credit for pushing Ireland all the way. Congratulations to Ireland on a hard fought 15-13 victory over France in this round one Six Nations clash at the Stade de France in Paris.

  • 80'

    FULL TIME: FRANCE 13-15 IRELAND

  • 79'

    Christiaan Stander takes the ball into contact for Ireland before he is brought to ground inside the Ireland half. Robbie Henshaw looks to find the gap for Ireland but he too is brought to ground. Ireland are looking to win the game right at the death as they look after the ball and take play to halfway.

  • 77'

    Anthony Belleau sends the penalty kick at poles from just outside the Ireland 22 sailing wide of the poles. The score remains 13-12 to France with 77 minutes of the game played.

  • 76'

    France are awarded the penalty for a dominant scrum just outside the Ireland 22 and Anthony Belleau will look to extend the lead for France with a kick at poles.

  • 75'

    France are playing with plenty of flair at the moment as they come away with the ball at the base of the scrum just outside the Ireland 22. Ireland manage to bring France to ground as France look to go through the phases.

  • 74'

    Ireland knock the ball forward and France have the attacking scrum just outside the Ireland 22.

  • 73'

    CONVERSION, FRANCE, BELLEAU! 13-12: Anthony Belleau converts the try for France with an accurate kick at poles from the conversion inside the Ireland 22. France lead Ireland 13-12 with seven minutes of the game still to play.

  • 72'

    TRY, FRANCE, THOMAS! 11-12: Try time! France play quick from the lineout inside their own half and catch the Ireland defence at sixes and sevens as wing Teddy Thomas puts his foot on the accelerator and runs all the way to dot down for the try!

  • 70'

    The ball is unable to come out of the scrum and the referee asks for a reset. France have another attacking scrum on the Ireland ten metre line.

  • 69'

    Ireland knock the ball forward and with 69 minutes played at the Stade de France in Paris it is still either teams game as Ireland lead France 12-6. France have the attacking scrum on the Ireland ten metre line.

  • 68'

    France jump up and win the ball at the lineout just outside the Ireland 22. Ireland do well to bring the France maul to a halt and Yacouba Camara takes the ball into contact for France before he is brought to ground just outside the Ireland 22. Ireland manage to force France all the way back to halfway and France run out of ideas on attack as they put in the chip kick. Ireland dot the ball down on the Ireland try line and Ireland restart with the 22 metre drop out.

  • 67'

    Ireland jump up and win the ball at the lineout on the France ten metre line and Johnny Sexton tests the France defence under the high ball with an up and under. France do well to win the ball in the air and Keith Earls concedes the penalty for Ireland for a high tackle deep inside the France half. France set the attacking lineout from the penalty with a touch finder just outside the Ireland 22.

  • 66'

    Sebastien Vahaamahina lets France down with his discipline yet again as he concedes the penalty for France for joining the ruck from the side just outside the Ireland 22. Johnny Sexton sets the attacking lineout for Ireland from the penalty with a touch finder on the France ten metre line.

  • 65'

    France win the ball at the scrum on halfway and Virimi Vakatawa takes play into the Ireland 22 as he joins the line on a good angle with plenty of physicality and pace before Ireland bring him to ground.

  • 64'

    Ireland knock the ball forward from the restart and France have the attacking scrum on halfway.

  • 62'

    Johnny Sexton is human after all as he misses his first kick of the night after he sends the ball sailing wide of the poles from the penalty kick at poles just outside the France 22. Ireland lead France 12-6 with 62 minutes played.

  • 61'

    Ireland jump up and win the ball at the lineout on the France 22 and Johnny Sexton brings Robbie Henshaw into play with a well timed pass in centre field. Henshaw takes the ball into contact before he is brought to ground just outside the France 22. France concede the penalty for an infringement at the breakdown just outside their own 22 and Johnny Sexton will line up the penalty kick at poles for Ireland.

  • 60'

    Christiaan Stander gets first to the ball at the breakdown and France concede the penalty on halfway for not releasing the ball at the breakdown. Johnny Sexton sets the attacking lineout for Ireland from the penalty with a touch finder on the France 22.

  • 57'

    France win the turnover at the breakdown on the France ten metre line and pick and go as they take the ball into contact. France test Ireland fullback Rob Kearney under the high ball with the box kick. Kearney knocks the ball forward and France have the attacking scrum on the Ireland ten metre line.

  • 55'

    Dan Leavy runs a good line and breaks up field for Ireland and gets the pass away to Rob Kearney on the France ten metre line. France track back and manage to bring Ireland to ground as they set their defence.

  • 53'

    PENALTY, FRANCE, MACHENAUD! 6-12: Maxime Machenaud adds the extra three points for France with an accurate kick at poles as he sends the ball sailing through the poles from the penalty kick at poles just outside the Ireland 22. Game on!

  • 52'

    Ireland concede the penalty for an infringement at the breakdown just outside the Ireland 22 and Maxime Machenaud will strike for poles from the kicking tee for France.

  • 51'

    Jefferson Poirot with plenty of strength at the breakdown as he gets first to the ball and makes a vital turnover for France on the France five metre line. France are quick to clear their lines with a kick up field. Ireland are forced to track back into their own half and Ireland manage to get first to the loose ball as they look to clear their lines.

  • 50'

    Cian Healy picks and goes and takes play to the France five metre line for Ireland.

  • 49'

    Ireland jump up and win the ball at the lineout just outside the France 22 and Conor Murray distributes the ball to the backs as Ireland carry well and make France do the tackling inside the France 22.

  • 48'

    Sebastien Vahaamahina concedes another penalty for France for another offside infringement outside the Ireland 22 and Ireland are searching for the five pointer from the penalty as Johnny Sexton sets the attacking lineout for Ireland with a touch finder just outside the France 22.

  • 46'

    PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON! 3-12: Four from four for Johnny Sexton from the kicking tee as the Ireland flyhalf sends the ball sailing through the poles with an accurate kick at poles from just outside the France 22. Ireland lead 12-3.

  • 45'

    James Ryan jumps up and wins the ball at the lineout for Ireland just outside the France 22. Ireland look to get the rolling maul going but France do well to counter maul. Ireland manage to come away with the ball and Sebastien Vahaamahina concedes the penalty for France for an offside infringement just outside the France 22. Johnny Sexton will line up the kick at poles from the penalty for Ireland.

  • 44'

    France concede the penalty for an offside infringement on the Ireland ten metre line and Johnny Sexton sets the attacking lineout for Ireland from the penalty with a touch finder just short of the France 22.

  • 43'

    France attack the line off first phase possession as they go wide from the scrum on halfway and send the ball in direction of powerful winger Virimi Vakatawa who takes the ball into contact before he is brought to ground deep inside the Ireland half.

  • 42'

    Rob Kearney cuts in-field and draws in the France defence before he is brought to ground just inside the France half of the field. Ireland look to play quick on the wing but the pass is not accurate as the ball goes forward and France have the attacking scrum on halfway.

  • 41'

    Referee Nigel Owens blows his whistle and Johnny Sexton gets the second half going for Ireland with a kick into the France half of the field. Maxime Machenaud gathers possession for France from the restart and finds touch on halfway. Ireland have the attacking lineout.

  • 40'

    Geoffrey Palis puts boot to ball and sends the ball out of play and into touch inside the France half. That will be halftime. Ireland lead France 9-3 at the break. Flyhalf Johnny Sexton has contributed with all nine points for Ireland with three penalty kicks at poles while for France, scrumhalf Maxime Machenaud has contributed three points from the boot courtesy of a penalty kick at poles. Stay tuned for the second half which will follow shortly.

  • 40'

    HALF TIME: FRANCE 3-9 IRELAND

  • 39'

    PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON! 3-9: Johnny Sexton has both the distance and the direction as he sends the ball sailing through the poles with an accurate penalty kick at poles from just outside the France 22. Ireland have the morale boosting three points just before the break and Ireland now lead France 9-3.

  • 38'

    Sebastien Vahaamahina concedes the penalty for France for an infringement at the breakdown and charging in looking to clean out the player at the ruck with no hands in the clean out leading with the shoulder. Johnny Sexton will strike for poles for Ireland from the kicking tee from just outside the France 22.

  • 37'

    Bundee Aki joins the line as first receiver and takes the ball into contact before he is brought to ground on the France ten metre line.

  • 35'

    PENALTY, FRANCE, MACHENAUD! 3-6: Maxime Machenaud has his kicking boots on tonight as he sends the ball sailing through the poles with an accurate penalty kick at poles from just outside the Ireland 22. France trail Ireland 6-3.

  • 34'

    Good link up play between the Ireland backs and forwards as Keith Earls gets the pass away to Tadhg Furlong in the tackle. France win the turnover at the breakdown and kick the ball up field into the Ireland half. Ireland track back and concede the penalty for an infringement at the breakdown and Maxime Machenaud lines up the kick at poles for France from just outside the Ireland 22.

  • 32'

    France with a committed effort on defence as they manage to absorb the pressure from the Ireland attack before they make the turnover at the breakdown on the France five metre line and Geoffrey Palis makes the exit kick for France with a touch finder just outside the France 22. Ireland have the attacking lineout.

  • 31'

    Christiaan Stander and Conor Murray combine from the scrum just outside the France 22 as Stander picks up the ball at the base of the scrum and Murray runs a good angle as he receives the pass. Murray is brought down to ground inside the France 22 as Ireland look to go through the phases with a patient attack.

  • 30'

    France flyhalf Matthleu Jalibert has been replaced by Anthony Belleau after taking a knock in the tackle.

  • 30'

    Play resumes with an attacking scrum to Ireland just outside the France 22.

  • 29'

    Ireland jump up and win the ball at the lineout on the France ten metre line and Bundee Aki receives the pass and shows plenty of physicality as he takes the ball into contact before he is brought to ground. Ireland go wide as they look to draw in the France defence but France are equal to the task on defence as they continue to make the tackles.

  • 27'

    France concede the penalty for collapsing the scrum just outside the Ireland 22 and Johnny Sexton sets the attacking lineout for Ireland from the penalty with a touch finder on the France ten metre line.

  • 26'

    France concede the free-kick for an obstruction at the lineout just outside the Ireland 22. Ireland have the defensive scrum.

  • 25'

    Ireland are forced to track back to their own five metre line after an accurate grubber kick from France. Conor Murray makes the exit kick for Ireland with a touch finder just outside the Ireland 22. France have the attacking lineout.

  • 24'

    Ireland jump up and win the lineout on their own ten metre line and Rob Kearney and Keith Earls combine with sublime handling skills on the wing as France are forced to make the tackles on halfway.

  • 23'

    Teddy Thomas is bundled into touch on the wing and Ireland have the lineout on the Ireland ten metre line.

  • 22'

    PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON! 0-6: Johnny Sexton puts boot to ball and sends the ball sailing through the poles from the penalty kick at poles inside the France 22. Ireland now lead France 6-0.

  • 21'

    Rob Kearney brings Keith Earls into play with a well timed pass on the wing. Earls is brought to ground and Johnny Sexton lines up the drop goal from the angle just outside the France 22. The ball sails wide of the poles but an advantage was being played for an infringement from France at the breakdown. France concede the penalty and Johnny Sexton will strike for poles for Ireland from just outside the 22.

  • 19'

    France concede the penalty at the scrum just outside the Ireland 22 but Johnny Sexton is unable to find touch and France gather possession inside their own half.

  • 18'

    Ireland concede the free-kick for an infringement at the lineout just outside the Ireland 22 and France choose to go for the scrum.

  • 16'

    Virimi Vakatawa takes the ball into contact as he goes the direct route inside the France half. Ireland concede the penalty for an infringement inside the France half and Geoffrey Palis sets the attacking lineout from the penalty for France with a touch finder just short of the Ireland 22.

  • 15'

    Conor Murray puts in the grubber kick from the scrum on halfway and France manage to gather the loose ball before they respond with a kick up field in the direction of Johnny Sexton. Sexton tests France under the high ball with an up and under just outside the France 22. Ireland chase well and pile in at the breakdown but Ireland concede the penalty for an infringement at the breakdown and France set the attacking lineout with a touch finder just short of the Ireland ten metre line.

  • 13'

    Ireland concede the free-kick for an infringement at the scrum. France take the free-kick quick as they tap and go but they knock the ball forward and Ireland have another attacking scrum on halfway.

  • 12'

    France have the majority of the possession at the moment with 59 percent of the ball compared to that of Ireland's 41 percent.

  • 11'

    Ireland win the ball at the scrum just outside the Ireland 22 as Christiaan Stander comes away with the ball for Ireland from the base of the scrum. Conor Murray makes the clearance for Ireland with the box kick. France win the ball in the air and look to counter attack from inside the Ireland half.

  • 10'

    France take play wide with quick hands but they are not accurate with ball in hand as France knock the ball forward on the attack and Ireland have the defensive scrum just outside their own 22.

  • 8'

    Virimi Vakatawa shows plenty of strength with ball in hand as he bumps off a tackler before he is brought to ground just outside the Ireland 22.

  • 7'

    Conor Murray tests the France back three with an up and under inside the France 22. France call the mark and Geoffrey Palis finds touch on the Ireland ten metre line from the mark. Ireland have the defensive lineout.

  • 6'

    Maxime Machenaud makes the exit kick for France with a touch finder on the France ten metre line. Ireland have the attacking lineout.

  • 5'

    High fives for Ireland at lineout time as Ireland jump up and win the lineout against the throw inside the Ireland half and look to clear their lines.

  • 4'

    Yacouba Camara jumps up and wins the ball at the lineout for France on the France ten metre line. France immediately go wide from the lineout as they look to test the Ireland defence and Teddy Thomas puts in the grubber kick which takes a deflection off an Ireland players foot before it goes into touch. France have the attacking lineout inside the Ireland half.

  • 3'

    PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON! 0-3: Johnny Sexton sends the ball sailing through the poles with an accurate kick at poles from inside the France 22. Ireland lead 3-0.

  • 2'

    Maxime Machenaud does well to make the tackle inside the France 22. France concede the penalty for an offside infringement and Johnny Sexton will strike for poles for Ireland from the kicking tee.

  • 1'

    Referee Nigel Owens blows his whistle and Matthleu Jalibert gets the game underway for France with a deep kick which travels all the way into the Ireland 22. Conor Murray makes the exit kick for Ireland with a kick up field. Ireland do well to bundle Yacouba Camara into touch and Ireland have the defensive lineout just inside their own half.

  • 0'

    Both teams make their way onto the field in front of a vocal and expectant crowd at the Stade de France in Paris.

  • 0'

    The Ireland players stand side by side and embrace the atmosphere as the anthem of Ireland, Irelands call is performed. Plenty of passion shown by the Ireland players during their national anthem as they stare into the crowd and ready themselves for battle.

  • 0'

    The Stade de France comes to life as the national anthem of France rings out around the Stadium. We await referee Nigel Owens to blow his whistle and get the game underway.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to this second match of the 2018 Six Nations round one between France and Ireland from Stade de France in Paris.

  • 0'

    TEAM NEWS, FRANCE: France coach Jacques Brunel has decided to hand a Test debut to teenage fly-half Matthieu Jalibert for this Six Nations clash against Ireland. Scrumhalf Maxime Machenaud forms the halfback combination for France alongside Jalibert. In the front row loosehead prop Jefferson Poirot starts alongside hooker and captain Guilhem Guirado and tighthead prop Rabah Slimani.

  • 0'

    TEAM NEWS, IRELAND: Experienced flyhalf Johnny Sexton combines with another experienced campaigner in scrumhalf Conor Murray in the halfback combination for Ireland. Loosehead prop Cian Healy starts alongside hooker and captain Rory Best and tighthead prop Tadhg Furlong in the front row.

  • 0'

    STARTING TEAM, FRANCE: 15 Geoffrey Palis, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Rémi Lamerat, 12 Henry Chavancy, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 Matthieu Jalibert, Maxime Machenaud, 8 Kevin Gourdon, 7 Yacouba Camara, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 4 Arthur Iturria, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (c), Jefferson Poirot Replacements: 16 Adrien Pelissié, 17 Dany Priso, 18 Cedate Gomes Sa, 19 Paul Gabrillagues, 20 Marco Tauleigne, 21 Antoine Dupont, 22 Anthony Belleau, 23 Benjamin Fall

  • 0'

    STARTING TEAM, IRELAND: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Peter O?Mahony, 5 James Ryan, 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rory Best, 1 Cian Healy Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 John Ryan, 19 Devin Toner, 20 Dan Leavy, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Fergus McFadden

  • 0'

    France have it all to do and despite playing on their home turf, they will be underdogs for this encounter as they face formidable opponents, who are currently in third place in World Rugby?s official rankings, while les Bleus are in unfamiliar territory in ninth spot.

  • 0'

    Ireland will be brimming in confidence after some superb results during the November internationals as well as the impressive form of PRO14 heavyweights Leinster and Munster in the Champions Cup. Those two Irish provinces provide the majority of the players for Ireland?s squad and they will be hoping to replicate their club form in the international arena.

  • 0'

    Under the guidance of their head coach, Joe Schmidt, Ireland have developed into a confident and accomplished side and they will be hoping to hit the ground running this weekend as they aim to win the competition for the first time since 2015.

  • 0'

    The most recent meeting between France and Ireland was during the 2017 Six Nations and on that occasion Ireland beat France 19-9 in Dublin, however in a 2016 Six Nations clash France beat Ireland 10-9 in Paris.

  • 0'

    Since 2011 France and Ireland have played each other on nine occasions with Ireland holding a slight upper hand in recent times having won four matches with three of those victories coming back to back in 2014 and 2015. France have beaten Ireland on three occasion since 2011 and the teams have fought out to a draw on two occasions- 17-17 in Paris in 2012 and 13-13 in Dublin in 2013.

  • 0'

    Nigel Owens is our referee. Wayne Barnes and Paul Williams will assist him. Our TMO is Rowan Kitt.

  • 0'

    WEATHER: Cloudy skies welcome the teams onto the field. The stage is set for an all out attacking game of Six Nations rugby.

Team Line-ups
France Ireland
  • Jefferson Poirot
  • Guilhem Guirado
  • Rabah Slimani
  • Arthur Iturria
  • Sebastien Vahaamahina
  • Wenceslas Lauret
  • Yacouba Camara
  • Kevin Gourdon
  • Maxime Machenaud
  • Matthieu Jalibert
  • Virimi Vakatawa
  • Henry Chavancy
  • Rémi Lamerat
  • Teddy Thomas
  • Geoffrey Palis
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Cian Healy
  • Rory Best
  • Tadhg Furlong
  • Iain Henderson
  • James Ryan
  • Peter O'Mahony
  • Josh van der Flier
  • CJ Stander
  • Conor Murray
  • Johnny Sexton
  • Jacob Stockdale
  • Bundee Aki
  • Robbie Henshaw
  • Keith Earls
  • Rob Kearney
Substitutions
  • Adrien Pelissie
  • Dany Priso
  • Cedate Gomes Sa
  • Paul Gabrillagues
  • Marco Tauleigne
  • Antoine Dupont
  • Anthony Belleau
  • Benjamin Fall
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Sean Cronin
  • Jack McGrath
  • John Ryan
  • Devin Toner
  • Dan Leavy
  • Luke McGrath
  • Joey Carbery
  • Fergus McFadden

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