Ireland kick France to tip Six Nations table

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Six Nations 2017: Ireland 16-9 France highlights

Ireland kept their hopes of a third Six Nations pretension in 4 years alive by recuperating from an early necessity to flog France in a bruising encounter.

Two Camille Lopez penalties put France 6-0 adult though Conor Murray’s converted try edged Ireland into a one-point lead.

Johnny Sexton combined dual penalties and a dump idea in a keenly contested second half, with Lopez and deputy Paddy Jackson trade late penalties.

Sexton, behind after injury, upheld a 600-point symbol in general rugby.

  • Relive Ireland’s win in Dublin

Ireland pierce a indicate forward of Scotland during a tip of a table, with England’s diversion during home to Italy to come on Sunday.

Joe Schmidt’s men, beaten in their initial compare in Scotland, have 10 points from their 3 matches and now face Wales divided and England during home.

France left a Aviva Stadium empty-handed to sojourn on 5 points and they subsequent horde Italy before a final-day outing to Cardiff.

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Johnny Sexton celebrates his well-taken drop-goal with Rob Kearney during a second half

Ireland sojourn dominant during home in a Six Nations during a reign of manager Schmidt, a run stretching behind to 2014, and they will go into their subsequent diversion in Cardiff on 10 Mar with confidence.

France displayed glimpses of a much-heralded reconstruction underneath their manager Guy Noves though showed signs of lassitude via a second half and their hopes of a initial championship success given 2010 are now certainly over.

Only once in a past 10 Six Nations meetings between these sides had a winning domain reached double digits, so Ireland will be happy to come divided with a hard-fought win and repudiate their opponents a losing reward point.

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Irish respond to early France flourish

France began in heated conform as they sought to lift by a movement gained from their slight improved by England and morale-boosting success over Scotland.

Their forward start was epitomized by an vast manikin by scrum-half Baptiste Serin, that roughly yielded a try, while centre Remi Lamerat was usually denied a measure by a knock-on by his midfield partner Gael Fickou after Lopez’s brazen cross-field flog had set adult a chance.

In a event, a visitors usually had dual Lopez penalties to uncover for their early prevalence and it was Ireland who insincere control for a residue of a half.

The hosts were rewarded for their supremacy in domain and possession when Robbie Henshaw done belligerent after a five-metre scrum and upheld to man-of-the-match Murray, who dived over from tighten operation for a usually try of a game.

Ireland should have left in during half-time serve ahead, though incited down a integrate of kickable penalties in foster of kicking for a corner, while a French shielded stoutly to keep their half-time balance to a singular point.

France looked a some-more confident, staid and improved prepared side for durations in a initial half, though notwithstanding their patrol carrying enjoyed an accustomed mangle from Top 14 movement final weekend, they were already display signs of tired by a interval.

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Ireland sojourn dominant during home in a Six Nations underneath manager Joe Schmidt

Irish desirous by returning Sexton

It was Ireland who showed a larger purpose and suggestion after a break, with fly-half Sexton defying a fact that he had been out of movement by damage for a past 5 weeks by pulling a strings and pier on a points.

In a initial half, a Leinster male converted Murray’s try and roughly combined a try for himself when he kicked towards a dilemma after a excellent Ireland wraparound pierce along a backs, usually for wing Noa Nakaitaci to belligerent a round first.

The series 10’s early second-half chastisement was followed by an artistic drop-goal, that brought a home supporters to their feet and a Aviva Stadium to life.

A serve chastisement extended Ireland’s advantage in a breathless second half and nonetheless a French put adult some resistance, a hosts showed a larger resilience and, with a Ireland container mostly in control, a outcome never looked in doubt.

After Sexton was cold to a rapturous reception, Lopez pulled France behind to bonus-point operation with his third penalty, though Jackson’s flog with 4 mins remaining ensured a Noves’ side went home empty-handed and broken-hearted.

Man of a match

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Ireland’s gifted half-back partnership of Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton played a outrageous partial in a feat and scrum-half Murray’s try swung a male of a compare endowment in his favour

Ireland: Kearney, Earls, Ringrose, Henshaw, Zebo, Sexton, Murray, McGrath, Best, Furlong, D. Ryan, Toner, Stander, O’Brien, Heaslip.

Replacements: Trimble for Kearney (51), Jackson for Sexton (69), Marmion for Murray (79), C. Healy for McGrath (60), Scannell for Best (68), J. Ryan for Furlong (74), Henderson for D. Ryan (60), O’Mahony for O’Brien (68).

France: Spedding, Huget, Lamerat, Fickou, Nakaitaci, Lopez, Serin, Baille, Guirado, Slimani, Vahaamahina, Maestri, Le Roux, Gourdon, Picamoles.

Replacements: Camara for Spedding (74), Chavancy for Lamerat (60), Machenaud for Serin (62), Ben Arous for Baille (51), Tolofua for Guirado (62), Atonio for Slimani (51), Le Devedec for Vahaamahina (51), Ollivon for Le Roux (60).

Match officials

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

Touch judges: Wayne Barnes (England) Luke Pearce (England)

TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

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