France 30-24 Ireland: Hosts edge Six Nations thriller in Paris to make it two victories from two

France 30-24 Ireland: France 30-24 Ireland: Six Nations favourites edge a thriller in Paris to make it two victories from two by holding off a dramatic comeback from the visitors, who take a deserved losing bonus point

  • France made it two wins from two after beating Ireland 30-24 in the Six Nations
  • Antoine Dupont scored in second minute, as hosts led 19-7 at half-time in Paris
  • Irish tries from Josh van der Flier and Gibson-Park cut France’s lead to one point
  • But prop Cyril Baille went over the line to put the home side six points ahead


France underlined their status as Six Nations favourites but had to hold on for a 30-24 win over Ireland at the Stade de France on Saturday having scored their first try after 70 seconds.

It was a second home win in a row for France, who beat Italy last Sunday, and are now the only side who can complete this season’s Grand Slam.

France scored tries through captain Antoine du Pont and loosehead Cyrille Baille while fullback Melvyn Jaminet kicked six penalties and a conversion.

Hosts France secured a thrilling 30-24 victory over Ireland in the Six Nations on Saturday at the Stade de France in Paris

Mack Hansen, Josh van der Flier and Jamison Gibson-Park were Ireland’s try scorers with Joey Carberry converting all three and slotting over a late penalty.

Ireland: Keenan; Conway, Ringrose, Aki, Hansen; Carbery, Gibson-Park; Porter, Kelleher, Furlong, Beirne, Ryan (c), Doris, Van der Flier, Conan.

Replacements: Sheehan, Healy, Bealham, Henderson, O’Mahony, Murray, Carty, Henshaw.

France: Jaminet; Penaud, Fickou, Moefana, Villiere; Ntamack, Dupont; Baille, Marchand, Atonio, Woki, Willemse, Cros, Jelonch, Alldritt.

Replacements: Mauvaka, Gros, Bamba, Taofifenua, Flament, Cretin, Lucu, Ramos.


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