France hold on to break Irish hearts

France led Ireland by points 19 – 6 at half time after Vincent Clerc scored a hat-trick for France.


Ireland’s only points by half time were two Ronan O’Gara penalties.


Half time score France 19 Ireland 6

France got the second half off to a great start as Cedric Heymans picked up a ball from a ball that bounced into Brian O’Driscoll’s crotch and then between his legs.

Shortly after that Ireland were awarded a try but it was a penalty try and with the conversion Ireland still had half the number of points that France had.

The result was a big pick up for Ireland who took the game to France and David Wallace came up with a try for Ireland even though they had to look at the TV replay.

With just under 20 minutes to go Ireland looked like they might be able to get a rare Paris victory with all of the momentum being with Ireland.

For the next twenty minutes Ireland were dominant. Not that France had gone to sleep but the Ireland of old had returned obviously spawned by the confidence from scoring two quick tries.

As France’s defence held Ireland out, the Irish confidence diminished a little but the French gave away a penalty and the confidence came back and Ireland were within five points with five minutes to go.

Ireland kept the pressure up and came close at the death but it wasn’t to be.

Final Score France 26 – Ireland 21

Tries: Clerc(3), Heymans
Con Elissalde (2)

Tries : Penalty. Wallace
Pen O’Gara (4)
Conv: O’Gara


Teams (15-1)

Cedric Heymans; Aurelien Rougerie, David Marty, Damien Traille, Vincent Clerc; David Skrela, Jean-Baptiste Elissalde; Julien Bonnaire, Thierry Dusautoir, Fulgence Ouedraogo; Lionel Nallet (capt), Arnaud Mela; Nicolas Mas, Dimitri Szarzewski, Lionel Faure
Replacements: William Servat, Julien Brugnaut, Loic Jacquet, Louis Picamoles, Francois Trinh-Duc, Morgan Parra, Anthony Floch



Girvan Dempsey; Geordan Murphy, Brian O’Driscoll (capt), Andrew Trimble, Robert Kearney; Ronan O’Gara, Eoin Reddan; Jamie Heaslip, David Wallace, Denis Leamy; Malcolm O’Kelly, Donncha O’Callaghan; John Hayes, Bernard Jackman, Marcus Horan
Replacements: Rory Best, Tony Buckley, Mick O’Driscoll, Simon Easterby, Peter Stringer, Paddy Wallace, Shane Horgan.

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