France dashed any hopes Ireland had securing the Six Nations Championship. The home side produced a dominant second half to take the game, for Ireland, it was a performance littered with mistakes.
France’s efforts were spearheaded by halfbacks Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack while up front, the forwards disrupted Ireland, with Gregory Alldritt and Charles Ollivon providing a solid platform and Dylan Cretin disrupting the Irish lineout off the bench in the second half.
Although not the whole story, match statistics on the Six Nations website paint a picture of Ireland’s problems: 14 bad passes, 14 handling errors saw Andy Farrell’s side fail to capitalise on over 4 minutes in the French 22 compared to France’s 1:39 in the Irish red zone.
France (17) 35
TRY: Antoine Dupont, Penalty Try, Romain Ntamack, Virimi Vakatawa
CON: Romain Ntamack (2), Penalty Try
PEN: Romain Ntamack (3)