Six Nations: Ireland beat France 26-14 to retain title hopes

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Six Nations 2019: Ireland 26-14 France highlights
Six Nations: Ireland v France
Ireland: (19) 26
Tries: Easiest, Sexton, Conan, Earls Cons: Sexton 3
France: (0) 14
Tries: Huget, Chat Cons: Serin 2

Ireland reignited their Six Nations title defence with a bonus-point earn over a imperfect France side in Dublin.

The holders rediscovered the accomplish that had abandoned them within the hole rounds of the championship to remain within the title fight earlier than their Cardiff showdown with Nice Slam-wanting for Wales.

Captain Rory Easiest set the tone with an early are attempting while Johnny Sexton, Jack Conan and Keith Earls moreover crossed.

Yoann Huget and Camille Chat scored late consolation tries for France.

These scores did now not disguise one other disappointing French efficiency however they’re going to damage Ireland’s facets differential going into the closing week.

Jacques Brunel’s side travelled to Dublin with renewed self perception from their impressive earn against Scotland however they’d no reply to Ireland’s combination of vitality and accuracy.

The most effective disappointment for head coach Joe Schmidt in his closing Six Nations dwelling match modified into that his side could well now not convert their dominance into extra scores as they remain within the support of Wales and England within the flee for this 365 days’s championship title.

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Wales will receive a three-point bonus if they beat Ireland to clinch the Nice Slam, thus guaranteeing they’re going to be topped Six Nations champions

Forward vitality

Ireland made six changes to the forward pack that began against Italy in spherical three, and the return of entrance-line avid gamers a lot like Easiest, James Ryan and Iain Henderson had the specified pause.

The green set-share modified into utterly dominant and their line-out maul over and over earned penalties to support France trapped interior their very possess 22 and unable to flee.

Easiest’s early rating modified into a heed of what modified into to advance support as Jordan Larmour’s fiendishly suave kick gave his pack a toehold and the Irish maul did the relaxation – dragging their captain over on the 2nd alternative.

France nearly spoke back however Damien Penaud modified into called support for knocking-on while seeking to preserve a crossfield kick, and the ball barely left French territory for the relaxation of the hole half.

Bonus point the procedure

Ireland over and over modified into down kickable penalties as they hunted down a bonus point and their unrelenting pressure modified into eventually rewarded.

One more dominant line-out gave Sexton the home for a loop around Ringrose and the Irish lope-half skated thru a dilapidated defensive position for an very good are attempting.

Cian Healy and Ringrose every had tries disallowed either side of that Sexton rating, however Ireland had been undaunted as they showcased their launch-play assault to salvage a Third are attempting earlier than the fracture.

Ringrose and then Sexton cleverly switched support against the grain earlier than Tadhg Furlong bolted thru a hole and Conan muscled thru two tacklers to word the form.

Schmidt’s Six Nations finale

Keith Earls overtook Denis Hickie (29) to become Ireland’s joint 2nd perfect are attempting-scorer of all time alongside Tommy Bowe (30) – handiest Brian O’Driscoll (46) has scored extra

Schmidt will heed off as a Six Nations head coach by seeking to utter Wales a Nice Slam subsequent week, however he’ll be most relieved by his side’s smartly timed return to function.

The bonus-point rating arrived thru a trademark Schmidt switch as Earls peeled off the entrance of a line-out earlier than bursting into life when CJ Stander broke free from a maul and delivered a suave interior trudge for his Munster crew-mate to storm over within the 56th minute.

Schmidt spoke back by changing Sexton, Easiest, Furlong, Henderson and Conor Murray with bigger than one eye in direction of the outing to Cardiff subsequent week, on the opposite hand it moreover robbed the crew of obligatory momentum.

A chain of scrums on the French line produced a yellow card for Dorian Aldegheri however did now not blueprint one other rating, and it modified into the company that performed on the entrance foot.

Huget profited from a galloping fracture by Gregory Allritt earlier than Chat modified into bundled over in stoppage time to set a gloss on the closing rating.

Ireland and Schmidt will now not care as they roll on in direction of Cardiff.

Final spherical of fixtures: Saturday, 16 March (all times GMT)
Kick-offMatchBBC coverage
12:30Italy v FranceDwell scores
14:45Wales v IrelandWatch on BBC One & listen on BBC Radio 5 Dwell
17:00England v ScotlandHear on BBC Radio 5 Dwell
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Man of the match – Garry Ringrose

The centre demonstrated Ringrose’s significance to the Irish backline with an all-action efficiency on his return from damage

The Leinster man modified into great in assault – surroundings-up Sexton for his rating and almost crossing for one other – and tigerish in defence as Ireland rediscovered their most effective accomplish.

Line-united states19459029]

Ireland: Larmour, Earls, Ringrose, Aki, Stockdale; Sexton, Murray; Healy, Easiest (capt), Furlong, Henderson, Ryan, O’Mahony, Van der Flier, Stander.

Replacements: Scannell (for Easiest, 57), Kilcoyne (for Healy, 50), Ryan (for Furlong, 57), Dillane (for Henderson, 57), Conan (for Van der Flier, 24), Cooney (for Murray, 56), Carty (for Sexton, 57), Conway (for Earls, 75).

France: Ramos, Penaud, Bastareaud, Fickou, Huget; Ntamack, Dupont; Poirot, Guirado (capt), Bamba, Vahaamahina, Lambey, Lauret, Iturria, Picamoles.

Replacements: Chat (for Guirado, 71), Falgoux (for Poirot, 16), Aldegheri (for Bamba, 62), Willemse (for Lambey, 62), Alldritt (for Lauret, 11), Serin (for Dupont, 71), Belleau (for Ntamack, 75), Medard (for Ramos, 62).

Sin-bin: Aldegheri (68).

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