Ireland received France with the need to regain the path of victory after his fall in front of Welsh. For its part, France, which came from thrashing in Italy, was looking for another triumph that would consolidate it as a candidate for the title of the Six nations.
The first half at Aviva Stadium was not very showy. Very little to stand out in an extremely locked game, which only opened in the first quarter of the game with a penalty from Irish 10, Billy Burns. Almost immediately, the yellow to Bernard le Roux seemed to condition France. However, the Gauls knew how to hold on: outnumbered and after a great team move, Charles Ollivon supported the first try of the match. At the end of the first forty minutes, a penalty from Jalibert set the partial 10-3 in favor of the visit.
In the second stage, France controlled all aspects of the game during the first 20 minutes of the complement. Damian Penaud’s try consolidated the Gallic dominance, however, Ireland quickly answered with the conquest of Ronan Kelleher.
Added to the subsequent Ross Byrne penalty, Clover closed the gap on the scoreboard and put the dispute 13-15 with a quarter of an hour to go. From there, the game became pure strategy. Jalibert had the chance to stretch the difference for the visitor, but the stick denied the 3 points.
With time served, Ireland sought to break the French wall, but the defense of Les Bleus was perfect. After a minute of resisting attacks from green players, Dupont fished, recovered it and the French opening cleared to decree the end of the match.
The next day will be the weekend of February 27 and 28, in which Ireland will visit Italy and Wales will host England, both on Saturday, at 11:15 am and 1:45 pm, respectively. While France will play home to Scotland on Sunday, starting at 12 noon.