France dominated Ireland to win their second six nations game of the tournament. France was 17-3 up by half time, finishing at 33-10. Ireland had the better start to the game, winning lineouts and looking dominant, but they couldn't translate that to the scoreboard. There was a good possibility about a quarter of an hour in for Ireland, with a kick from d'Arcy, but the bounce of the ball was unkind. Ireland began to show indiscipline and Flannery was lucky to remain on the field following a kick.
Bastereaud, who played such an influential role last week, was again important in playing a decoy role for Jauzion's try.
Just after the second half started, Clerc's attempt at a try was prevented due to Jamie Heaslip, but the Irish couldn't come back into the game - Bastereaud drew in players and made a key pass to allow Poitrenaud to score.
Wallace earned a consolation try for Ireland, but by then it was far too late - the score was 27-10. A penalty and drop goal took the score to the final value of 33-10.
Tries were scored for France by Servat, Jauzion and Poitrenaud. For Ireland, Wallace scored a try. There were also the usual collection of penalty kicks and conversions.
Only France and England (playing Sunday) are still in contention for the Grand Slam. Only England can still win the triple crown.
|Table Built: Saturday, 13 February 2010 22:21 UK|