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France v Ireland

Gabby Logan hosts live Six Nations rugby as France take on Ireland at the Stade de France. Studio guests include Paul O'Connell and Jeremy Guscott.


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Ireland bring England crashing to

earth.

Jacques Brunel is coming in,

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not met with widespread excitement.

A record win for Ireland. Conor

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Murray gets the tribe for Ireland.

-- try.

The talent coming out of

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French rugby is still frightening.

It is not Strictly Come Dancing.

Of

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course Ireland go out as favourites.

There is the weight of expectation

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for Ireland to go out and deliver.

Plenty to digester for the French

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rugby fans arriving at the start to

France today.

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In December, the French Federation

sacked a head coach

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for the first time ever -

Guy Noves the man to

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suffer the guillotine.

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Into the hot seat comes

Jacques Brunel, with just five weeks

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to prepare for this match.

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And he's taken a big gamble

in his team, bringing in 19-year-old

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Matthieu Jalibert at Fly Half

for his first cap.

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The Irish, in contrast,

are in fine fettle.

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Seven wins in a row and 32 tries

in those matches as well.

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They hand Six Nations debuts

to three players as well.

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Including young second

row James Ryan.

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Welcome to Paris. The first match

for France, freezing, grey skies and

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we are all shivering appear in the

studio. But to warm you up with

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their comments and receptive

observations Paul O'Connell and the

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rest of the team. We are all very

excited. You can feel the excitement

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ahead of this Six Nations. It is

like Christmas.

It is an exciting

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time of year for everyone, for the

fans and the players. The French

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have the possibility of six new

caps. That brings excitement to

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French rugby. It reminded me of 2000

when five players got their caps for

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England and they had a record win

over Scotland. So hopefully for

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Ireland, that will not indicate the

same.

Well we will look at Ireland

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in a minute. But let's talk about

France. And French rugby in some

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kind of disarray. And the first ever

coach sacked. Jacques Brunel has

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come in, not dynamic enough for

many. Is this a new low or a new

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dawn?

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dawn?

Well diagnosis was picked by

the former president. They were

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fighting as we know. And Guy Noves

had too much pressure. So bad that

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came the opportunity to get a new

coach, a guy that they trust.

You

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know how difficult this job is. You

were in that hot seat with that

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weight of expectation and of course

the difficulty is dealing with the

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clubs who do not always seek

international rugby as a priority.

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Is that the biggest challenge, to

get the clubs onside?

I do not

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remember having so much stress!

It

does not look like you are stressed.

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It was tough. But during

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It was tough. But during the ten

years, we made changes. But we can

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see much more French players and

some young players coming in today.

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Well it certainly is visible how

much it has been in decline looking

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at the winning rates of the coaches

over the past six years. 33%

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win right for Guy Noves.

For the

resources they have, the number of

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players. It is right up there in

terms of popularity as the game. But

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hardly any French players and too

many foreigners and that is

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affecting the national side.

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Jacques Brunel has some pedigree. He

has been coach at Bordeaux before

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coming here. So he has gone

ambitions and he will give these

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guys are run at being quality

international.

He has gone with

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youth and fitness in the shape of

Jalibert coming through onto the

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international stage. He really is

green however.

He is a fantastic

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footballer that he started three

months ago with his first game in

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the Top 14. So he is talented but it

is a big ask.

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is a big ask. The fly-half has not

performed well for ten years and new

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players are coming in to have a go.

They're looking take responsibility.

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Well I would be excited about today

because this guy, his speed and

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acceleration, he is a platinum

attacker. And you want to fly-half

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like that who will be ambitions. As

long as there are not many

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interceptions.

I think Johnny Sexton

has got to control the game a little

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bit more. And in these wet

conditions as well. The kicking game

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will have to be really accurate.

Territory will be really important.

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And we have seen some bad habits

last year from the French team. That

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silly penalty playing the ball on

the ground. Slimani, the French

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number three. Grabbing his legs and

that was also a penalty. Conditions

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were poor, similar to today. And

Ireland peppered them with some high

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kicks. This scrum was in front of

the posts as well. And just that

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silly penalty. And that was three

points. Ireland did not create a lot

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in the game last year. They only

scored one try. But a big part was

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the kicking game, Conor Murray and

Johnny Sexton.

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Johnny Sexton.

Is Jacques Brunel the

man well placed to stop those sloppy

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mistakes, is he known as a good

disciplinarian?

Yes the atmosphere

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is much better. He has given

responsibility to the players. But

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we need first a good set piece and

good discipline. And after the

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kicking game will be very important.

The back free will need to be spot

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on. We've just seen a game where we

thought Scotland would be

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comfortable in this open plan but

they were not. But for France with

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these inexperienced players they

could bring some surprises for

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Ireland.

And that is one big

advantage for Ireland taking away,

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the players are good at getting to

know the opposition and doing their

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work. So that advantage has been

taken away. Ireland do not really

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know how France are going to play

and Jalibert, they have not got a

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lot to go on.

Johnny Sexton said

that, it is a bit discombobulatedly

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to know so little about your

opposite number. We shall see.

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opposite number. We shall see. Now

let's focus on Ireland. Coming off

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the back of seven wins in a row and

it all began in March with that

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victory over England to deny them

the Grand Slam.

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A thunderous start guaranteed. The

Irish, kitchen-sink at the ready.

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Johnny Sexton just the kind of man

for a day like this.

Ireland on the

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board.

Ireland with the try. A fifth

score for Henderson. Ireland into

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double figures. The cleanest of

strikes from Owen Farrell. That is a

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monstrous kick from Johnny Sexton.

Keeping England in touch. Ireland

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bring England crashing to earth.

Eddie Jones has stirred the pot seen

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Ireland are favourites.

Are you

comfortable with that. I'm just

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comfortable with the group and how

much hard work to get through. I do

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not get distracted by what anyone

says. It does not really influence

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what we go out and do. We can only

try to control as many variables as

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we can and those are more on the

pitch than off the pitch was a

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Johnny Sexton had a torrid time here

a couple of years ago. Do you have

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plans to make life uncomfortable for

young Jalibert customer I do not

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think we centre on him. Chavancy is

a strong runner. And Thomas comic

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you do not let him have too much

space. So not to focus too much on

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Jalibert. At the same time we would

not liking to get too comfortable

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because he looks like a talented

young player.

You have players

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making their debut today for the Six

Nations.

Including Ake. I hope that

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he is a huge handful today for

France. And begged that -- backed up

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by Stockdale and Ryan. They are

excited about the opportunity, a bit

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nervous but that is to be expected.

With the level they expect

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themselves to perform at and the

pressure of this first game in the

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Six Nations.

So there they are,

seven wins in a row starting with

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England, dumping South Africa,

plenty of younger players of course.

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But if we are going to be picky

perhaps not the most difficult run

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of matches comparing some of the

other games in the autumn tests.

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That is probably true, they have not

really been tested since playing

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England. But it has given them the

chance to catch a few players as

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well and to widen the squad. That

was a problem in the last World Cup,

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the depth of the squad but now there

is depth in Irish rugby for the

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first time in a long time. That is

produced special considering there

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are only for professional teams.

James Ryan is one of the debutants

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today. Keeping Devin Toner out of

the sides of the his first Six

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Nations cap.

He is a former captain

of the Irish under 20s team. The

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kind of modern second round. He goes

from a good six to potentially good

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second row. He is very tall,

excellent line-out operator. A good

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off loader. And getting back to full

fitness after being out with

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injuries. That is the only thing

that could hold him back, those

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injuries early in his career. But he

has got that fitness now and he is

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going to blossom in this

championship. Great to see him

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getting a cap with an experienced

side as well.

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Is he the Irish Maro Itoje?

He

probably is! And he has the same

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attributes, brilliant attitude,

brilliant trainer, they have to pull

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him back from training rather than

pushing towards it, which is great.

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I think he has great potential.

Just

like you! He loved training.

I was

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miles behind where this guy is.

You

are being modest. Let's talk about

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Bundee Aki, a man who has been on a

real journey to find his

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international career, at 27. He has

travelled.

Yes, he came over as a

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young man, he came to England, he

went to Truro college at 16, and he

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played at Bath with the skills coach

from Exeter, took under his wing,

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talented there, and he went back to

New Zealand because he had a child.

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He worked as a bank clerk.

And a

builder.

To look after his family,

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which is tremendous. And he was

brought over, you sign up for

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Connacht, and from all accounts he

is a real man of the team. When

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Connacht won be Pro12, he was

playing that season, so he let by

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example. He has come with a New

Zealand work ethic, brought back to

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the Irish fold, and when you hear

people like Brian O'Driscoll say

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that he is a quality player, they're

on his merit, you know he is good.

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He has been embraced by the team in

terms of any international issues,

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the rules changing to five years.

There is no ill feeling towards him.

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In Ireland, there are four

professional teams, so they probably

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had to use that rule a bit more than

most, but they used it well. Guys

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like CJ Stander as well, Jared

Payne, injured at the moment, they

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made a big sacrifice to come over,

to move their families over and try

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something different, so the players

have a lot of respect for them, and

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they really look after them and they

are delighted to play with them.

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When he went Connacht, it was

probably a gamble for him, playing

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for evicting side. And he had a

fantastic season that year, and they

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won be Pro12. -- playing for a

fantastic side. He is fantastic.

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Let's talk tactics, we expect a

gripping game from Ireland, and why

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not, when you got Murray and text

and in the side. This is what France

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will have to better with an last

time. -- and Sexton.

For the last

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five years, we built a strategy,

kicking, and also all the challenge

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on the eyeball.

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on the eyeball. I don't think the

Irish ways will help us, because I

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think you are the master, also with

your scrum-half and fly half.

It's

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not always the most popular thing

with a purist, and it doesn't always

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win new fans, does it, that's kind

of tactic, when you employ it all

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the time, but if it's a effective,

why not?

Those clips from last year,

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I led about six points ahead, they

had two fantastic players in Johnny

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Sexton and Connor Murray, and they

kept pinning back France, and with

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Andy Farrell in defence, getting

into your face and make you make

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defence, so you are chasing the game

and you have to play, but you are

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playing in front of this

disciplined, hard defence, which

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makes you make defence. Ireland

capitalised and kicked penalties,

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and they'd be good at that.

Every

side would wish that they have a

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kicking strategy as good as Ireland

do with Johnny Sexton and Connor

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Murray. It gives so much momentum,

pure quality.

We have an Irish

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legend in the studio, and there's

another one with Sonja McClaughlin,

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but slightly speedier than this one.

Somebody would have beaten Paul

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O'Connell in a foot race! Given that

you have played on the win, what

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have you made Jacob Stockdale?

I'm

excited, along with the rest of the

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country. He's a big kid, great for

international rugby, because it's a

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physical environment. I'm excited to

see how he does today, he has a

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natural finishing side, and he

hasn't four tried in four games.

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Impressive strike rate already. He

is tall and quick, even such a young

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age, the complete winger already.

It's always nice to be a big guy,

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Shane Horgan, guys like that,

because it's so physical. There are

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challenges, defensively at times

against this season, he had

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challenges. There are a few things

he has to work at, but he's good.

A

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neck injury curtailed your career.

Do you wish you were playing today?

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I don't know, there are some big

guys! Is something you always miss

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and you will treasure for the rest

of your life.

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Thank you.

As always, a cracking atmosphere,

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and the tenth time that France had

played Ireland at the Stade de

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France in the Six Nations. They tend

to be corkers.

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A moment of individualism. Iron can

it be the perfect finish for Brian

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O'Driscoll in his last game? Ireland

are Six Nations champions.

The pitch

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is freezing, the match is off.

He's

got!

By 10-9, France lead Ireland.

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They have really been fantastic

encounters, these two here at the

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Stade de France over the years. What

it one of your favourite places to

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come and play rugby, Paul O'Connell?

I wouldn't say that! I only beat

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France once there in 2014, to win

the championship. It's been a tough

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place Irish teams over the years. In

recent years, decent enough record,

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but historically we've really

struggled. For some of the older

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guys like me, you still have a

hang-up about that, so for James

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Ryan, the last four or five years,

we've been watching Ireland doing

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really well again.

And they have no

historical baggage in that respect.

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Although Ireland have been doing

well of late and they are different

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contenders, the waveform, only five

defeats in seven, two wins is all,

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that's something you got to rectify.

-- the waveform.

I'm not sure, when

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you are part of a team, we're not

going to go there. You are thinking

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about that game the seasoning, this

afternoon, and how you are going to

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impart what you been doing all week.

You don't go back into history. The

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Irish team is well drilled. It is

manicured. With the rugby brains of

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Murray and Sexton, those two girls

Ali guys taking it on the field,

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it's good.

No matter what certain

sense you take over, it's a moment

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of intense pride.

With the French

team, what's fantastic, we lost the

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last five games, but the atmosphere

today is amazing and fantastic, and

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I think this will be a brilliant

contact.

There is a mismatch in

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terms of experience between these

sides. The French side, 262 caps,

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Ireland, 819. When it comes to

international experience, you'd

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fancy Ireland all day long.

And even

the experience together as a group.

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Joe Schmidt, his fifth or sixth day

in the championship, so they are

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familiar. For a lot of the Leinster

guys, he has been coaching them

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longer. When Leinster were coached

by Stuart Lancaster, the same

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defensive system as anti-viral, a

lot of continuity in the Irish game

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at the moment. -- and the Barrow.

And that continuity counts for a

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lot, Jerry.

, It does, because the

depth that Joe Schmidt goes into,

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preparing a side, it's incredible.

It's almost information overload.

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But he has magic this Irish side

into understanding and accepting it

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and also, they put their own spin on

things. When you are out there, you

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can't beat that programmes, you have

to act in the moment. When you have

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players as skilful as Murray and

Sexton alongside the new players

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like Bundee Aki, who isn't used to

the system, you do what comes

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naturally. The way the Irish play

today will be direct, because they

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are looking at Jalibert, who isn't

big, he isn't strong, but he has

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abrasions. -- brains.

I asked if it was a new dawn or a

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new low, and you think it was a new

dawn with that reception. What an

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atmosphere! The smoke is billowing.

It's wonderful in the stadium right

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now. Expectation and excitement. The

French public certainly hoping for

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something from this new era. What do

you expect today, a French victory?

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I would say my heart says France,

but my brain says no. So France by

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one.

It is points. Ireland for me.

Will go to a commentary team, Luke

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Fitzgerald, Brian maul and Eddie

Butler. Enjoy these, they are always

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rousing.

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ANNOUNCEMENT IN FRENCH.

Ladies and gentlemen, in

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Ladies and gentlemen, in honour...

ANNOUNCEMENT ECHOES AROUND STADIUM.

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# Come the day and come the hour

Come the power and the glory

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# We have come to answer

Our country's call

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# From the four proud provinces of

Ireland

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# Ireland, Ireland

Together standing tall

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# Shoulder to shoulder

We'll answer Ireland's call

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# Ireland, Ireland

Together standing tall

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# Shoulder to shoulder

We'll answer Ireland's call

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# We'll answer Ireland's call. #

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ANNOUNCEMENT IN FRENCH.

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# Allons enfants de la Patrie

Le jour de gloire est arrive

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# Contre nous de la tyrannie

L'etendard sanglant est leve

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# L'etendard sanglant est leve

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# Entendez-vous dans les campagnes

Mugir ces feroces soldats

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# Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras

Egorger vos fils, vos compagnes!

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# Aux armes, citoyens

Formez vos bataillons

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# Marchons, marchons

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# Qu'un sang impur

Abreuve nos sillons # !

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# Amour sacre de la Patrie

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CHEERING

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Welcome to the Six Nations in Paris.

Jack Bruno, -- Jacques Brunel,

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installed as coach. No try has been

scored by anybody in the second or

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back row. All eyes on Matthieu

Jalibert, 19 years, 89 days old.

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He'll be up against Johnny Sexton,

and there will be a lot... Geoffrey

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Palis is at full-back, a brand-new

start for him in the Six Nations.

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James Ryan, into the second row.

Plenty of experience in front of

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him. Rory Best, the 106 captaincy

for the hooker, and the captain, CJ

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Stander, at number eight, will be

targeting Jalibert. Johnny Sexton

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wears number ten. The contrast of

the outside-halves. 69th cap for

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Sexton, 14 years Jalibert's senior.

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We normally look to the replacements

bench to bring on experience and

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power but it is a brand-new bench

for France. So many near the front

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row players have not played in the

Six Nations. Of course France are

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built to surprise.

They are but how

much they can do it against Ireland

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side which so experienced especially

in defence but we will see. I doubt

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it.

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it.

Aki playing in the Centre for

Ireland. His first game in the Six

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Nations. Nigel Owens of Wales the

referee today. The first touch for

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Jalibert and were off. Conor Murray,

presumably not the first time

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Ireland will put boot to ball.

Gourdon. Camara.

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Gourdon. Camara. Ireland forced the

strong flanker out of play.

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strong flanker out of play.

We will

see how the battle goes. It will

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revolve I would think around the two

number eight. Stander is the more

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experienced. He needs to come

inside, that is poor play.

Ball from

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Ryan. Aki.

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Ryan. Aki. The elusiveness of Keith

earls on the wing.

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earls on the wing. Penalty

advantage, Furlong involved.

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Machenaud made the tackle. We go

back for the penalty put up and

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hello to Luke Fitzgerald in the

penalty box.

Thank you, it was an

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interesting start. Good from

Ireland, a few guys getting their

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hands on the ball and a nice bit of

defence to get that line-out. So a

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solid start.

They got round the

outside of France quite easily.

I

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feel that they will target that guy.

I believe France are vulnerable on

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the wilder parts of the pitch from

kicking and passing as well.

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kicking and passing as well.

Keith

earls back in action. Johnny Sexton

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are very familiar sight.

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are very familiar sight. Slimani the

French prop.

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No problem for Johnny Sexton.

France

will have to be careful in that area

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of the game. They averaged over four

times more penalties than Ireland in

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their last encounter.

Jalibert to

Conor Murray.

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Johnny Sexton the captain.

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Keith earls with the follow-up and

Ireland moved smoothly into the

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French half.

We see what an easy

exit that was put up that pinpoint

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kicking. Ireland, their aerial and

chasing game has been good for many

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years.

I'm not surprised, they spent

a huge amount of time in that area

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and they try to be as prepared as

possible in that area.

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Told to get back onside.

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Penalty given for breaking the bind.

With this French team I think they

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will be most dangerous in Little

scraps like that. I don't have the

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advantage in terms of organisation

but they do pose a threat behind the

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scrum.

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scrum.

Just checking work Johnny

Sexton has gone. Thomas waiting.

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Tackled by Stockdale.

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Tackled by Stockdale. Machenaud.

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Jalibert with his trademark kick and

chase.

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Jonny Sexton, much more effective

into the corner, clever little kick.

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That is the difference between them,

Jalibert trying something

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spectacular against a very organised

defence. Then Johnny Sexton, superb

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kick into the corner to put pressure

on France.

Went straight to Keith

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earls.

Henderson, challenge on the

French throne. Good clearance under

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pressure, Machenaud.

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Ireland are strong in this kind of

positions. They could throw in a lot

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of crossfield kicks at the French

back three.

Henderson winning the

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line-out. Aki.

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line-out. Aki. Cian Healy. Safely

back to Conor Murray. He makes the

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mark.

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Pallas, a very long kick.

It will be

interesting to see how much fluency

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friends can produce after such a

short preparation time with their

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new coach.

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new coach.

The ball got slowed up a

little bit.

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little bit.

Gourdon into the heart

of the midfield.

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Chavancy, a first glimpse.

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Thomas coming off his wing.

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Vakatawa. Victoria. Out wide. France

patiently building. Thomas given a

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roaming role today.

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roaming role today. Vakatawa has

swapped wings.

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Jalibert now. Advantage being

played, the ball went forward.

14

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phases for France. Against an Irish

defence which was always

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comfortable. They have powerful

runners but if you cannot give the

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defenders more questions to answer

and do not have options inside and

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outside and runners available, with

a defence like Ireland who are so

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well organised, they're going to

come at you.

Just looking at those

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phases for France, trying to

maintain width. A lot of the guys

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getting drawn towards the ball.

Holding width would give the players

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an opportunity to get a one-on-one

and they have fantastic athletes.

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But you do not get those

opportunities if you are too tight.

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Johnny Sexton. Felt the full force

of Vakatawa coming his way.

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Ireland have improved out of all

recognition in this area. The front

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five was not seen as a dominant

scrummaging set piece unit but they

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are now and they have got that

depth.

Coming under pressure here.

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Rory Best. The scrum going down.

France with a slight nudge forward.

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Back towards the 22. Cian Healy.

Makes a yard outside the 22. Conor

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Murray cannot kick directly to

touch.

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touch. He aims instead at Palis who

takes it well.

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takes it well. Thomas. Doing well to

stay away from the touchline. France

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just getting a bit of width.

Vakatawa, good tackle. Machenaud.

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France making no ground at all. The

whistle goes.

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After the any penalty it is a bit

flat.

-- early penalty. I would be

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happy if I was Ireland. You just

want a settled period in an away

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game. Three points up. They have not

had much ball and when they do get

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back I think there will be more

creative and threatening than France

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have been.

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Machenaud prepares to feed the

scrummage. Free kick. Gourdon.

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Knocks on. Irish ball.

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Knocks on. Irish ball.

Brian made a

fantastic point early on, one of the

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strengths of this team is the front

row. It is such a nice thing is back

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to know you have that security and

strength in that area. They have

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given away a few soft penalties at

the start of the game but normally

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this is a strong part of the for

Ireland. -- of the game.

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I must say, the turf here at the

Stade de France is in such good

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condition, compared with a ploughed

field it has sometimes been in the

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past. Connor Murray drills its down

to the corner. Palis keeps it on the

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park. Sexton looks infield and goes

high. Under pressure, Thomas.

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Ireland reclaim possession. A

chance, options on both sides.

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Penalty advantage to France, though.

There is none. Nigel Owens goes

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back. Chavancy, wearing 12 for

France. Sebastien Vahaamahina, the

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giant.

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giant.

Disappointing, from a really

good regather from Connor Murray.

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Ireland find themselves with the

lowest penalty points on average in

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every game. A few loose ones to

start, and I think they'll look to

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tighten it up in the next few

minutes.

Palis the line-out, taking

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Thomas. -- Teddy Thomas rises high,

but there was just a chance here.

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but there was just a chance here. A

bit of nostalgia for you, Brian.

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Just

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Just to say, those are French

pictures, which is why you are

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getting the after slow motion

nonsense.

Chavancy, stopped in his

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tracks. Machenaud. Jalibert. In open

play.

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play.

Well, the French crowd were

temporarily excited, and yet, in

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reality, Ireland simply guided

France towards the touchline. They

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were never really in danger, two men

covered.

Nice to see some creativity

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all the time. I like the move, I

like that they are trying to

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manipulate and condense that Ireland

defence, and go outside to the pace,

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of which they have in abundance out

wide.

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France putting something on the

maul. Vakatawa.

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maul. Vakatawa. Infield, then trying

to straighten it. It's Robbie

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Henshaw who can't get away. He's

been penalised. Jalibert. Free play

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for France now. Rob Kearney comes

forward, takes it well, but back to

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the penalty.

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the penalty.

Back to your point

about giving penalties.

Yeah, an

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unusual start for them, and I think

there will be messages coming from

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the sidelines that they need to

tighten up. It's OK for France to

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have the ball, Ireland have looked

comfortable so far. They need to get

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it under control, it was easy

pressure for France, and they will

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get heart from that and I think

they'll grow.

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they'll grow.

Palis again, towards

this near touchline.

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this near touchline. He had a few

weeks, had to serve a little

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sentence for a few discussions...

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Well stolen by Ireland. But they

didn't do their sums right. CJ

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Stander just hangs onto the ball,

just to delay things.

Nigel Owens

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making the point numbers three times

there. I have to say, very

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surprising.

REFEREE: The decision is made, the

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scrum is here, the numbers.

You are too late getting out. The

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scrummage, Brian. I suppose it was a

free kick, wasn't it?

Well, given

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that France have had problems on

their line-out so far, not surprised

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they've taken this option. All

depends on whether they can get a

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good striking clean ball, give them

back -- give their backs some

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options, or whether they will try

and put the Irish under pressure and

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try and force a penalty.

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A free kick for not straight.

However, Cian Healy was a terrible

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angle. -- was at a terrible angle.

I

think they were lucky he called it

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back after the kick. Johnny Sexton

missed touch, so a few fortunate

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events in a row.

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Only a free kick, Sexton kicks it in

play. Palis can't take it. Lauret

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was by his side to clear up the

possession. Vahaamahina.

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possession. Vahaamahina. Tadhg

Furlong involved in the tackle.

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Connor Murray is back, and rises

well.

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Cian Healy. Sexton. Van der Flier

come out among the backs. -- Van der

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Flier, out among the backs. James

Ryan, nearly to the halfway line.

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Good hands from the prop. CJ

Stander, Stockdale. Picked up by

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Vahaamahina.

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Stockdale did very well to get to

it. A very messy and slow run, but

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considering he was up against three

or four French players and Ireland

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have come at a -- come away with it,

it's worked. Earls.

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it's worked. Earls. Back to the 22

metre line, just in front of Ireland

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as they come, through second row,

Ryan. The other one, Iain Henderson.

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Penalty advantage, free play for

Johnny Sexton. It will be a penalty.

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Drop goal misses.

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Drop goal misses. Penalty against

Yacouba Camara.

A lovely bit of play

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from Ireland. Something there has

been a renewed focus on the island

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is being more expensive, and a big

part of a renewed game plan is the

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board. Sean O'Brien is missing

today, so can Josh van der Flier

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fill that void for Ireland?

The

hands by Cian Healy. And you also

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saw the ball back inside just before

the breakdown, which gave the

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penalty. That's what I'm talking

about, posing different questions

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for defenders. If you get a straight

one out, it doesn't matter if you

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have got width or you defence it --

condense it. International players

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are too well organised and they will

stop pupils vary the point, give

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them so much doubt as to where they

can target it, and you are likely to

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get just beyond the gain line and

everything else becomes a lot

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easier.

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Johnny Sexton, in front of the

posts.

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Ireland doubled their lead.

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CJ Stander, tackled by Camara.

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Conor Murray. Hasn't gone very far.

Thomas. Knocking it on. Advantage

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being played. Murray. Stander.

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Sexton. Gourdon is back. Palis.

Murray, again covering it. A free

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opportunity, nobody on the Irish

side but anywhere near it. Carbery

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comes away with advantage over.

Again, it's all too easily pushed

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out of play. The flag is up.

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out of play. The flag is up. Nigel

Owens being advised about the height

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of the tackle.

Lets wait for the

decision. It's not going to be high.

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Play on, he slipped over his back,

and over his head.

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REFEREE:

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REFEREE:

Play on.

Perhaps what was missed was the fact

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that Conor Murray found himself in a

situation where he thought, if I'd

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played this ball, I might impede the

running player, so he decided not to

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go anywhere near it, clever play.

Peter O'Mahoney won the line-out.

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Dumped to the ground. But here comes

Bundee Aki. Does well to get into

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the French half. Iain Henderson, on

halfway.

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Josh van der Flier. There is the

halfway line.

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Henderson. Johnny Sexton, Bundee

Aki, good strength under pressure.

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James Ryan. That familiar line. Made

a mess of it. Jalibert in hot

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pursuit. Rob Kearney goes back. Did

he get back to his feet? Real

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pressure from France. Now Ireland,

instead of attacking the halfway

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line, are on their own goal line.

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Very calm presence of Conor Murray,

in charge of the defensive

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operation. Teddy Thomas.

Such a

strain for Ireland, having -- a

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strength for Ireland, having Conor

Murray in that position. A lot of

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encouraging signs for France,

defensively solid and I like their

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shape in the back field, not giving

Ireland easy opportunities to the

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ball in behind them.

Rabah Slimani.

Rob Kearney under pressure. Camara

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build another French attack with the

line-out.

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Scrum down, Irish ball.

Technically,

anything from the line-out with that

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is offside. The referee has let them

get away with one drive. If you

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detach from the original setup and

go round the corner, like the French

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state, then it seems that the

players in front are obstructing. --

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like the French did. When you go

round the side here, that is when

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they will penalised you, or they'll

give obstruction against you.

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Ireland comfortable at the moment.

But just being held back by a bit of

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ill discipline and small

inaccuracies. Things will get a lot

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better when they tidied those up.

I

think they look solid but just

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struggling to get a bit of momentum.

The few times they have it has come

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from a pass. There should be passing

more forward to Ford, change the

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point of direction.

Such a different game from the

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opener in Cardiff.

It is but the

opener in Cardiff had no structure

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from one team and then Wales played

very well.

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Stander, and Ireland have the

penalty.

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penalty. The crowd in Paris again

not happy.

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There are no rules changes in

advance of two years from World Cup.

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But one or two directives. One to

make sure there's no movement in the

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scrum and the other to stop comments

from players. Slammy, I think his

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words, perhaps discussing Donald

Trump, I do not know!

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Trump, I do not know!

Interested to

see what Ireland have prepared in

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the week. They have been practising

to try to pull apart this French

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defence.

Aki. Low centre of gravity.

Left Jalibert on the floor. Here is

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Stockdale. Jalibert still down.

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Stockdale. Jalibert still down. Play

on from James Ryan. A good run by

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the second row. Sexton.

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Ryan again. Two players down. The

ball goes behind the first.

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Aki on Jalibert and the young

Frenchman is down. And so is Aki.

He

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might be built more for that

collision than Jalibert. James Ryan

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has had a strong start to the game.

We have not spoken about him a huge

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amount coming into the game. But

he's only just in the team ahead of

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Devin Toner. He has had a fantastic

start. He is surviving really well

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at this level.

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at this level.

Belleau of Toulon.

And it looks like a knee injury for

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Jalibert.

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It is his knee.

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Jalibert, the youngest ever

outside-half, going off. Belleau

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coming on.

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That is very unfortunate for

Jalibert. He had a few nice touches,

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nothing too expensive but doing the

simple things right so that is

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unfortunate. Hopefully we will see

him back on the pitch.

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Nigel Owens laying down the law.

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People say you should not warn both

props until you're sure you have

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seen one of them doing wrong. But

for me it is sort it out or get off.

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On the 22, space on both sides.

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Robbie Henshaw and Aki a long way

apart.

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apart. CJ Stander protected from

Conor Murphy. -- Conor Murray. Iain

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Henderson, CJ Stander on his

shoulder. Tight furlong. Peter

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O'Mahony with good support.

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O'Mahony with good support. Sexton

back in his guiding position. Sexton

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a little dummy. Gourdon reading it,

covered, tackles. Stander.

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Cian Healy.

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Cian Healy. Ten metres to go for

Ireland. Van der Flier.

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What will Sexton try. Ireland in

front of the posts. CJ Stander, the

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French defence good.

Conor Murray waives the forwards,

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Cian Healy obeys the instruction.

France think they have turned it

1:06:211:06:27

over. Ireland narrow for the

majority, Palis clearing the line.

1:06:271:06:40

Excellent defence from France. It is

the easiest place on the pitch to

1:06:401:06:47

attack but that physical commitment

was fantastic. Slowing down the

1:06:471:06:52

Ireland ball consistently. Momentum

is key. It makes all your decisions

1:06:521:06:57

a lot easier if you're going

forward. And a lot more difficult

1:06:571:07:02

defensively if the other team has

momentum.

1:07:021:07:08

Conor Murray delivers the ball going

backwards. Play on. Rory Best.

1:07:131:07:22

backwards. Play on. Rory Best. Into

the French 22. Vakatawa cannot

1:07:261:07:31

control it.

We thought Jalibert walking past

1:07:311:07:47

limping, clearly he hurt his knee in

collision with Aki but we're told by

1:07:471:07:52

touchline officials that he has gone

off

1:07:521:07:58

off for an HIA to check if he has

concussion. So that means that

1:07:581:08:02

France have additional time to check

over, worked on him and getting back

1:08:021:08:07

onto the pitch.

A head injury assessment for the

1:08:071:08:14

young outside-half.

1:08:141:08:19

young outside-half. Keith earls

plays outside-half position.

1:08:191:08:28

plays outside-half position. Furlong

fights for a few feet of space.

1:08:291:08:33

Gourdon Terrace is out on the French

side. Rob Kearney turned and got

1:08:331:08:40

back in time. Chased down by

Chavancy. Booker winning the tackle.

1:08:401:08:54

-- the hooker.

In front of the posts.

1:08:541:09:10

In front of the posts.

Another

excellent French defence of said

1:09:101:09:13

putting huge pressure on Ireland at

the breakdown. Great success slowing

1:09:131:09:17

down the ball against Ireland. For

me Ireland need to be war creative.

1:09:171:09:23

Give themselves half a second extra

on the ball to maybe get an

1:09:231:09:27

opportunity to do something else.

Those kind of things would make it

1:09:271:09:33

more difficult for France to put on

the kind of pressure that they are.

1:09:331:09:38

The scrum-half Machenaud will be

taking the kick at goal.

1:09:381:09:47

Lamerat limping around the field.

Nigel Owens having a word with

1:09:541:09:59

Poirot. Standing and applauding and

the kick is good. France have three,

1:09:591:10:09

Ireland six.

1:10:091:10:15

Johnny Sexton. To Belleau.

1:10:341:10:51

France have been very good

challenging at the breakdown.

1:10:581:11:00

Furlong.

1:11:001:11:10

I no real forward momentum so far.

Another charge by James Ryan. Van

1:11:101:11:16

der Flier.

Van der Flier got hit.

That will have hurt.

1:11:161:11:34

That furlong carry is a perfect

example, that ball needs to go just

1:11:361:11:42

one more. They need to give each

other space out there, to get one on

1:11:421:11:47

one opportunities to get that

freedom for Conor Murray and Johnny

1:11:471:11:55

Sexton to run the game plan.

His

head came into contact,

1:11:551:12:06

head came into contact, Guirado

injuring his hip or five. With

1:12:061:12:09

defence when they are so well

organised, unless, there are one of

1:12:091:12:15

two players like Vinnie -- Billy

Vunipola, they can make yards after

1:12:151:12:22

the initial contact, you have to

find a way to make defenders move

1:12:221:12:27

out of their set standards. So they

cannot get a full hit on you. By

1:12:271:12:31

doing that, just moving it then you

have the chance to do that.

Ireland

1:12:311:12:39

forced to make a change. Van der

Flier, his day is done. And of

1:12:391:12:43

replacement already on, Dan Leavy.

He is the guy who has had a really

1:12:431:12:58

good underage career. This year and

last year he has established himself

1:12:581:13:02

with Sean O'Brien being out injured.

He is a huge part of what made

1:13:021:13:09

Leinster so competitive this year in

the league and in the cup.

Again and

1:13:091:13:14

inviting position for Ireland. A few

set scrums in the middle of the

1:13:141:13:18

field. And they have split their

centres. Split their three quarters.

1:13:181:13:26

Conor Murray.

1:13:261:13:32

Conor Murray. To Aki. Little dart by

the inside centre. Peter O'Mahony

1:13:321:13:41

goes to scrum-half position. Conor

Murray back there now. The first

1:13:411:13:50

touch for Dan Leavy.

1:13:501:13:56

touch for Dan Leavy. Johnny Sexton,

Penshaw, on the good angle.

1:13:561:14:07

Penshaw, on the good angle. The

switch of direction by Johnny

1:14:071:14:09

Sexton. CJ Stander delivers.

1:14:091:14:16

Aki.

1:14:201:14:22

James Ryan. France have to be

careful not to pick up the player

1:14:241:14:31

beyond the horizontal.

1:14:311:14:33

Penalty against Sebastien

Vahaamahina.

1:14:361:14:44

REFEREE:

You want to come in and

play the ball, no problem. Don't

1:14:591:15:06

come in and play the man without the

ball.

He also doesn't come in from a

1:15:061:15:11

sideways angle.

A bit lucky not to

have that look that a bit closer.

1:15:111:15:17

Not sure there were too many arms in

that. Thankfully Conor Murray is

1:15:171:15:24

able to continue. Better from

Ireland, they changed the point of

1:15:241:15:28

attack better, they looked like they

were trying to be expensive, but

1:15:281:15:31

France look good defensively to me

so far.

You are right, Luke.

Yeah.

1:15:311:15:40

So one wondering left arm, perhaps.

Irrespective of the technicalities,

1:15:401:15:45

the fact is it a goal penalty

giveaway in front of your posts to

1:15:451:15:52

let Ireland though undoubtedly 9-3

up, instead of 6-3.

1:15:521:16:01

REFEREE:

County Down ten seconds.

One minutes to go until half-time.

1:16:091:16:13

-- count me down. Johnny Sexton puts

Ireland 9-3 ahead.

1:16:131:16:21

There is a lot of dampness in the

air. The rain falls. Dan Leavy.

1:16:241:16:34

Wenceslas Lauret.

1:16:341:16:39

Wenceslas Lauret. Belleau. Will it

go the ten metres? Ireland played it

1:16:401:16:44

anyway. That's a good league by

Leavy. -- a good leap.

1:16:441:16:53

The last minute, Conor Murray keeps

aerial game going. A test for Palis.

1:16:591:17:04

Good pressure from Keith Earls.

Belleau, the replacement.

1:17:041:17:10

Guirado.

1:17:151:17:17

Iturria with the drive. Palis says,

I think we'd better go and have a

1:17:271:17:31

chat in the changing room, see what

we can do to swing this game our

1:17:311:17:34

way. Ireland lead in Paris by 9-3.

Incomplete performance from Ireland,

1:17:341:17:46

they will be concerned they haven't

got enough momentum, yet they have

1:17:461:17:50

looked comfortable in defence, and

I'd expect a huge improvement in the

1:17:501:17:54

second half.

STUDIO: Around this point, we

1:17:541:17:59

normally show you a key moment of

the half, but we couldn't think of

1:17:591:18:03

anything that would grace the screen

and believe that key moment. I guess

1:18:031:18:07

these that tell a certain amount of

the story, a low scoreline just

1:18:071:18:13

through penalties, and so far

Ireland have taken advantage of

1:18:131:18:15

those kickable penalties.

Possession, Ireland, 69%, and they

1:18:151:18:21

haven't found many gaps. Potentially

quite a good French defence, that

1:18:211:18:27

would say. Thoughts on the first

half, Philippe, from a French

1:18:271:18:32

perspective? Improvement in terms of

defence and not making silly stakes?

1:18:321:18:37

Yes, it's a tough and physical game.

I feel that the French team are good

1:18:371:18:42

in defence, but they tackle a lot,

110 tackles. I thought we had the

1:18:421:18:48

same problem, we are not very good

on drives, too many mistakes, and

1:18:481:18:52

around the line-out we lost so many

balls.

The opening salvo suggested

1:18:521:18:59

Ireland would play expensively and

there was excitement, in conditions

1:18:591:19:06

like this, but France have snuffed

that out effectively.

Possession is

1:19:061:19:14

75 and 30 and so is territory in

Ireland's favour, so France have

1:19:141:19:19

under pressure but defended well. I

think they have managed to keep

1:19:191:19:24

numbers out of their defensive

rucks, but the way that Ireland

1:19:241:19:27

started, Jerry and I were confident

for Ireland, but France have snuffed

1:19:271:19:32

them out. They have had some big

modes and -- the moment to moment

1:19:321:19:38

themselves.

At the kick-off, France

get it, and you think, we are going

1:19:381:19:45

to tear this up. And then you think,

actually, no. We get here, a pretty

1:19:451:19:51

good shape, and Camara needs to go

inwards, dust to keep possession,

1:19:511:19:54

get yourself into the game early.

But a schoolboy error, running

1:19:541:20:00

straight into touch. From the

line-out, this is the way Ireland

1:20:001:20:05

have been practising, the way the

scrum has got them going, and they

1:20:051:20:11

know the way France are going to

defend, so they look at that space

1:20:111:20:15

and attack it. It's precise,

position rugby, well executed, and

1:20:151:20:20

at this stage, they got well over

the gain line, look how upset they

1:20:201:20:23

are, ready to go again. They are

calling the tune and they know the

1:20:231:20:29

space will probably be out wide, and

as slow as the ball is, they are

1:20:291:20:32

still in an attacking shape. Look at

these paid out wide. If they were

1:20:321:20:37

more they could make inroads there

and opened it up. -- look at the

1:20:371:20:43

space out wide. As it happens,

nothing much brilliant, they got a

1:20:431:20:48

penalty to go back, and Sexton

knocked over the three points.

1:20:481:20:52

France wised up quickly to the way

Ireland were playing and, if

1:20:521:20:57

anything, the momentum was changing

throughout the match. Let's focus

1:20:571:21:00

first, because he didn't last long

and we gave him a big time in the

1:21:001:21:05

field -- the build-up, Matthieu

Jalibert, that lack of experience

1:21:051:21:11

showed out there in that 29 minutes.

Exactly, it's tough, but also the

1:21:111:21:18

conditions are very difficult. First

ball on the eyeball, very important

1:21:181:21:22

to catch it, he drops the ball, the

Irish go for 60, 70 metres. This is

1:21:221:21:28

a piece of experience in a small

kick, a bit too long, and gives it

1:21:281:21:36

to the Irish team. I think he will

learn a lot about this.

1:21:361:21:46

learn a lot about this.

He's got

experience inside of Machenaud,

1:21:461:21:51

Chavancy on the outside, not many

caps.

We keep the ball in the face,

1:21:511:21:58

but we don't do the right thing to

move, and we used too many guys in

1:21:581:22:03

the ruck, and the Irish team are

organising in defence. They are more

1:22:031:22:09

in defence than in attack, so it's

difficult for a young fly half. It's

1:22:091:22:15

a shame he's injured after that 30

minutes.

1:22:151:22:22

minutes.

30% possession, mainly in

your own half, so probably not the

1:22:221:22:25

type of game for him.

Let's look at

the French attack, which you could

1:22:251:22:30

describe as fairly blunt, because it

barely came to much. Perhaps you

1:22:301:22:34

have explained in a way why that is,

too many men committed to the

1:22:341:22:39

breakdown, and it's too laboured

after that.

It's not a quick ball,

1:22:391:22:42

it's very slow. We don't arrive to

go for out. Good presentation of the

1:22:421:22:48

ball. We don't stay on the pitch,

the window... When you have the

1:22:481:22:56

French team is starting to go

forward, we need to stay on the

1:22:561:22:59

pitch.

You can see the difference in

a side that's been together and been

1:22:591:23:07

coached by the same guy for a long

time for the smart rugby players at

1:23:071:23:12

half-back controlling the game. You

look at the French side and you

1:23:121:23:17

think, you have only been together

for a few weeks. In no real

1:23:171:23:19

commanders. They haven't had

possession and territory but at some

1:23:191:23:26

stage you have to make your mark on

the game. They are looking around

1:23:261:23:30

and there isn't that player in the

French side that has gone, right,

1:23:301:23:33

follow me, lads.

We organise in

defence. They were quite good

1:23:331:23:38

contest. We won some turnovers.

Ireland are normally well after the

1:23:381:23:44

ball, but the conditions... It's a

big advantage for us, because I

1:23:441:23:51

think it's a bit slippery, and it's

difficult for the Irish to play

1:23:511:23:54

without width.

Let's look at the

kicking game, normally a potent

1:23:541:23:59

weapon for Ireland, but it hasn't

come off as often as normally.

1:23:591:24:01

Percentages haven't been working.

I

think they have been doing a bit

1:24:011:24:06

more. This came after Jalibert's

pour kick ahead. This is the kind of

1:24:061:24:12

pressure that Ireland normally put

on teams. They have a good defensive

1:24:121:24:16

line-out. Gourdon the back,

following this kick. Big pressure,

1:24:161:24:25

fantastic, and Luke Fitzgerald

mentioned it, fantastic kick from

1:24:251:24:28

Conor Murray, and it takes the

pressure off the Irish. They

1:24:281:24:33

probably kicked loosely once or

twice. The chase has been excellent.

1:24:331:24:37

It's something they practice, Irish

teams, chasing and catching with the

1:24:371:24:42

high ball.

As good as the French

defence has been, you get the sense

1:24:421:24:47

that it will crack at some stage,

because they are not renowned for

1:24:471:24:51

their fitness, it's a new side. Look

at the possession, the territory,

1:24:511:24:58

with only three penalties...

And a

much more powerful bench.

Yes, but

1:24:581:25:02

it's building and building to get

that airtight bubble of keeping the

1:25:021:25:08

ball and controlling the game. There

was a slight difference at the end

1:25:081:25:13

of that first half.

I agree, and I

know Jacques Brunel, and he'd say,

1:25:131:25:19

guys, just six points behind, we

scored a try, we took the lead on

1:25:191:25:23

interception. The key for the French

side is that the Irish don't score

1:25:231:25:27

twice more. We need to play more and

then it can be a point.

Was a good

1:25:271:25:35

signs for France for 30 minutes, a

turnover, big moments and a penalty.

1:25:351:25:39

You felt the momentum switch.

Ireland attacking the French line

1:25:391:25:46

vet, hoping for three points, maybe

a try themselves. France got the

1:25:461:25:52

turnover, straight after that,

Gourdon gets the ball. They kicked

1:25:521:25:57

this to rob Kearney, and a good

chase, and Guirado, the French

1:25:571:26:02

hooker has been excellent. Guilhem

Guirado, the blue number two, gets

1:26:021:26:08

on the ball. Three points. That's

what you have to do in international

1:26:081:26:14

rugby to get scores, you accumulate

moment after moment that put them

1:26:141:26:16

together, you can get three, five,

seven points.

1:26:161:26:23

seven points. Something we

highlighted earlier. Unfortunately,

1:26:231:26:25

they gave it back and not long after

with a clumsy penalty from

1:26:251:26:31

Vahaamahina.

Exchanged quickly. One

said it looked like a couple more

1:26:311:26:36

phases and you could restore a try.

Moments of brilliance. Gourdon

1:26:361:26:39

ripping the ball, one tackle, again,

a jackal, three points, or in 20

1:26:391:26:45

seconds.

Perhaps it's a lack of

experience that France need more of

1:26:451:26:52

an injection of.

1:26:521:26:57

an injection of.

The fresh co,

Guirado, has been fantastic, he is

1:26:591:27:02

very fit. He is in very good shape,

very fit player. He has had some big

1:27:021:27:09

impact.

We didn't see any tries in

the first half, and we are here,

1:27:091:27:17

making history, with the joint

lowest scoring half between Ireland

1:27:171:27:19

and France in the nation 's history,

so tell that to your grandchildren!

1:27:191:27:25

However, plenty of tries and drama

and action in the first match of

1:27:251:27:30

this year's Six Nations at the

Principality Stadium, so let's look

1:27:301:27:33

at the match between Wales and

Scotland.

1:27:331:27:38

Jonny Gray into play scrum-half,

using the referee as a decoy run

1:27:431:27:48

out. And Price at scrum-half. Can

anybody catch the scrum-half? Davies

1:27:481:28:01

for the corner. A try for Wales?

Wales punching forward again. Now

1:28:011:28:14

there's a gap out wide. Leigh

Halfpenny, and he is in! Two tries

1:28:141:28:20

in 12 minutes for Wales! What a

start for the home side. Now Rhys

1:28:201:28:29

Patchell going himself, not quite

there yet. Wales with a couple of

1:28:291:28:34

metres advantage, penalty coming,

try coming. Two tries. Well and

1:28:341:28:42

truly over for Leigh Halfpenny, and

Wales are roaring towards victory.

1:28:421:28:45

Another chance for Wales to go

hunting for try number four, and

1:28:451:28:52

Aaron Shingler taken down by Grant

Gilchrist, and on through the house

1:28:521:28:56

of Watkin onto Hadleigh Parkes, and

he steps in! There it is for Wales.

1:28:561:29:04

They have try number four. They Sale

past 30 points.

1:29:041:29:12

Ryan Wilson now. Peter Horne through

the middle and he is in for the try.

1:29:151:29:23

Scotland have something from this

match. What a start for Wales.

1:29:231:29:30

They are up and running. Incredible

start to the campaign for Wales. No

1:29:301:29:35

one saw that scoreline coming. But

this is the most unpredictable and

1:29:351:29:43

wide open Six Nations in many a

year. The women got off to their

1:29:431:29:48

start last night with Wales women

beating Scotland in Colwyn Bay for

1:29:481:29:54

that you can catch up with all the

action from the opening weekend in

1:29:541:29:57

this.

1:29:571:30:02

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1:30:131:30:21

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1:30:221:30:28

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1:30:281:30:30

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1:30:301:30:34

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That is tomorrow night and on the

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1:30:531:30:58

on the England beat Italy game and

highlights of Rugby special tomorrow

1:30:581:31:06

evening. And the Rugby union weekly

podcast is out on Monday night.

1:31:061:31:14

Plenty to talk about.

1:31:141:31:20

We are off.

No problem for Johnny

Sexton.

Ireland's double their lead.

1:31:291:31:45

The kick is good.

Ireland 9-3 ahead. Well a tale of

1:31:451:31:55

penalties in the first half. We hope

for something a bit more exciting in

1:31:551:32:00

the second. But plenty of excitement

certainly in Cardiff. That Welsh

1:32:001:32:06

performance, a Scarlets performance

in many ways. I will turn a wind for

1:32:061:32:11

Wales. -- a real turnaround.

Yes

they have had injury and ten

1:32:111:32:21

Scarlets players in the side. It was

brilliant to see, fantastic to

1:32:211:32:27

watch. But unfortunately for

Scotland, they did not change. They

1:32:271:32:32

do not have the precision of the

Welsh and that showed. They could

1:32:321:32:36

not direct the game. Wales worked

incredibly hard. Brilliant to watch.

1:32:361:32:46

A good bit of Scarlets in the pro 14

this year. You just cannot turn the

1:32:481:32:55

ball over and give them half a

chance, the Welsh. There are similar

1:32:551:33:00

to New Zealand, incredible at

finishing off a line break. I do not

1:33:001:33:07

think anyone expected that result

today. Certainly not Scotland and

1:33:071:33:11

probably not Wales either.

The

Scotland we saw playing against

1:33:111:33:19

Australia and New Zealand, scoring

record amounts of tries last year at

1:33:191:33:21

Murrayfield, they will be

disappointed. But on whether the

1:33:211:33:25

action here and heading into the

second half. It is Ireland 9-3 and

1:33:251:33:32

certainly we hope Ireland and France

as well, that someone finds some

1:33:321:33:38

gaps to get themselves over the

white line. Your commentary team,

1:33:381:33:47

Luke Fitzgerald, Brian Moore and

Eddie Butler.

1:33:471:33:51

Bellows still on the field. Looks as

if Jalibert, his debut did not last

1:33:511:34:01

for long. Machenaud waiting. Ireland

to kick off in this second half.

1:34:011:34:13

Johnny Sexton has not had to move

out of third gear. Ireland have been

1:34:141:34:24

very contained and full of calm

authority.

I would be interested to

1:34:241:34:29

ask what might have been said at

half-time.

We are off, Johnny Sexton

1:34:291:34:38

sending a low scuttle towards

Machenaud. What are the team talks

1:34:381:34:46

like a tough time?

Usually very calm

and concise, the days of roaring are

1:34:461:34:50

probably gone. People just want to

get technical information. In a game

1:34:501:35:01

that is very tight. And he is

normally very good at that.

Rory

1:35:011:35:05

Best throws and finds CJ Stander.

Aki helping it on its way. The Irish

1:35:051:35:17

replacement Dan Leavy on for Van der

Flier.

1:35:171:35:25

Flier. Dan Leavy again. The strength

of the back row. Here is CJ Stander.

1:35:251:35:36

And the second row, Iain Henderson.

Henshaw out to Rob Kearney.

1:35:361:35:53

Henshaw out to Rob Kearney. James

Ryan who was a major ball-carrier in

1:35:531:35:59

the first half. Johnny Sexton. Aki.

Conor Murray switches it. Furlong.

1:35:591:36:10

That has gone forward.

1:36:101:36:16

That has gone forward.

Johnny Sexton

not too happy. A few of his

1:36:171:36:22

team-mates would say he's never

happy on the pitch to be honest. But

1:36:221:36:25

that was a good opportunity in a

game where they have been few and

1:36:251:36:29

far between. Ireland seemed to not

give France too much time to go up

1:36:291:36:39

the middle. Interesting to see if

they will continue to pursue that.

1:36:391:36:42

Well you mentioned the first threat

that we have really seen from Conor

1:36:421:36:48

Murray. He needs to do it a bit more

to make sure that defenders cannot

1:36:481:36:52

drift off.

1:36:521:36:58

drift off. So they're not cluttering

out the midfield.

That is the

1:36:581:37:03

halfway line. Spending a lot of time

in this game between the ten metre

1:37:031:37:09

line. Pressure from Ireland on the

French scrummage. Belleau on the

1:37:091:37:17

front foot. Vakatawa. Henshaw now.

Machenaud.

1:37:171:37:33

Machenaud. Tackled by Peter Armani.

1:37:331:37:44

Lamerat delivers for Machenaud.

Vahaamahina again.

1:37:491:37:58

Vahaamahina again. Gourdon. CJ

Stander with the tackle.

1:37:591:38:12

Lauret.

Iturria, the second row.

1:38:121:38:26

Iturria, the second row. Ireland

have turned the ball over.

1:38:271:38:33

have turned the ball over. And

Poirot is offside.

1:38:331:38:39

That might have been smart play in

hindsight.

1:38:401:38:47

hindsight. Again a lot of penalties

starting to build up against France.

1:38:501:38:57

Coming from Poirot!

Not right in

front of Nigel Owens! Good position

1:39:021:39:07

now for Ireland. Nigel Owens having

a word with Poirot. There is the

1:39:071:39:12

turnover. Iain Henderson involved.

Interesting position to attack from.

1:39:121:39:23

You do not often have to defend a

kick. You can often use your

1:39:231:39:26

wingers.

1:39:261:39:31

wingers.

Good take by James Ryan.

Good counter drive from France. Just

1:39:341:39:43

now the question of spot the ball.

Ireland scrambling it back on their

1:39:431:39:48

way. Sexton has a go on his own.

Conor Murray. Henderson. Good drive

1:39:481:39:59

by the second row. France offside.

Two of them.

1:39:591:40:11

Two of them.

Vahaamahina again.

Managed to get away from the initial

1:40:111:40:21

contact but then loitered in and

around. For all the French forwards

1:40:211:40:31

did, it was a tremendous counter

drive. Given away by a moment of ill

1:40:311:40:38

discipline.

Good skills by James

Ryan. And here is the other second

1:40:381:40:45

row, Henderson.

A couple of dynamic

players. Henderson just seems to

1:40:451:40:50

slip ahead of a lot of tackles, you

see that all the time for Ulster. A

1:40:501:40:55

big talisman for them. I think he

will be a big talisman and a big

1:40:551:40:59

part of this Irish team going into

the World Cup.

1:40:591:41:09

Johnny Sexton, took his time. Just

to make sure. Ireland now leading

1:41:311:41:41

12-3.

You can see with the

conditions, not readily apparent.

1:41:411:41:47

But it is very greasy up there and

difficult to handle. Johnny Sexton

1:41:471:41:54

can be relied upon to kick those

easy goals. He did not miss one last

1:41:541:41:59

year in the entire Six Nations.

For

penalties to one. Conor Murray very

1:41:591:42:10

deliberate as always. Rob Kearney so

good. Catching those high balls.

1:42:101:42:18

Pure concentration as he delivers.

Cian Healy Drive setup. -- drives it

1:42:181:42:31

up. Illegal again, he should get a

warning.

1:42:311:42:41

warning. The read they will show

he's clearly offside. -- the replay.

1:42:421:42:50

Clear as the nose on your face.

Really poor from Vahaamahina. He

1:42:501:42:57

really needs to sort that out

because he is putting pressure on

1:42:571:43:00

this French team.

You have a lot of

penalties now. You were never back

1:43:001:43:05

onside when you play them all. You

were never behind in the first

1:43:051:43:10

place.

1:43:101:43:15

These are the ones of the coaches

hate.

1:43:221:43:28

hate. You are under pressure. These

are the sort of things when you talk

1:43:291:43:40

about discipline, not about punching

people but doing silly things like

1:43:401:43:44

that when you know you're never

behind the back foot. I would like

1:43:441:43:49

to see Ireland catch this and drive

it. Put pressure on.

1:43:491:43:57

Conor Murray, from the set piece.

Henshaw, Belleau at pace into the

1:43:581:44:05

French 22. He came in and was sent

back again, Rory Best. Cian Healy.

1:44:051:44:14

Restarts the operation of being in

the French 22. Bundee Aki. Still

1:44:141:44:19

there.

1:44:191:44:23

Back again. Jacob Stockdale on the

left wing.

1:44:281:44:34

Dan Leavy. He always manages to get

that extra half a yard. Sexton, the

1:44:441:44:53

inside ball to CJ Stander.

1:44:531:44:56

Still quite narrow, they haven't got

any width. I have now. Key players

1:45:011:45:05

spreading out to the touchlines.

Meanwhile, the captain, Rory Best.

1:45:051:45:12

Conor Murray has another little look

himself. The tackle is good by

1:45:121:45:17

Iturria.

1:45:171:45:20

Cian Healy. Pics, and doesn't go

very far. Vakatawa is buried in the

1:45:241:45:36

ruck. Tadhg Furlong, outside Conor

Murray. Iain Henderson has to get

1:45:361:45:44

his legs out of the way first. Here

is Furlong. Great strength by the

1:45:441:45:48

prop.

1:45:481:45:57

prop. Wonderful play by Jefferson

Poirot. Support from Stockdale, but

1:45:571:46:03

Stockdale has support from Robbie

Henshaw. Good interplay, Keith Earls

1:46:031:46:09

back involved. Stockdale runs it out

of play, but suddenly the game is

1:46:091:46:16

going and protect end and suddenly

we have pace. Gourdon delivers, but

1:46:161:46:22

there is a new frenzy out there, and

the crowd come to life as well.

1:46:221:46:29

Lauret. Palis, the full-back.

Vahaamahina, with ball in hand

1:46:291:46:38

legitimately.

1:46:381:46:40

Machenaud, the change of tactic.

Stockdale does very well. Good

1:46:491:46:58

catch, and avoided the dangerous

pass. Palis is down, needs to get

1:46:581:47:03

out of there. He's hurt.

1:47:031:47:06

Tadhg Furlong drives it a little

further away from the 22. Leavy.

1:47:101:47:29

That's Vahaamahina.

1:47:311:47:35

A disappointing passage from an

Irish perspective. Some excellent

1:47:411:47:44

rich defence, and a great kick from

Machenaud, two lovely kicks but

1:47:441:47:50

Ireland under pressure. We saw Palis

trying to put one up on Johnny

1:47:501:47:57

Sexton, which I'm sure Johnny will

not thank him for, but excellent

1:47:571:48:02

French defence and poor from an

Irish perspective. I feel like Conor

1:48:021:48:06

Murray was looking for somebody to

chase his kick. Rob Kearney had got

1:48:061:48:10

into position, he probably should

have gone one phase earlier, but

1:48:101:48:14

excellent defence from France.

1:48:141:48:16

Ireland getting back all right, but

giving a way a rare penalty. Maxime

1:48:241:48:30

Machenaud.

1:48:301:48:35

Looks good. France 6, Ireland 12.

Still all penalties.

1:48:351:48:50

Do you sense a little breakdown in

rigid structures, Brian?

I don't

1:48:531:49:00

want to overstate this, but we can

probably see on the cameras when you

1:49:001:49:05

are watching -- what you can't see

is that the rain is coming down

1:49:051:49:11

quite heavily, and I feel we have to

give some credit to the players,

1:49:111:49:16

because it's difficult to handle in

this sort of weather.

A very fine

1:49:161:49:23

drizzle here in Saint-Denis, just

north of Paris.

1:49:231:49:28

Machenaud. Happy to put it out of

play.

1:49:311:49:41

I think, if it's going to be a game

dictated by the conditions, the

1:49:451:49:52

half-backs for Ireland have more

control and experience and are

1:49:521:49:55

likely to win that sort of battle.

Interesting setup for Ireland, with

1:49:551:50:01

Dan Leavy standing outside rob

Kearney at full-back and CJ Stander

1:50:011:50:06

standing outside Johnny Sexton. I

wonder if Joe Schmidt, ending up in

1:50:061:50:13

a white pattern, I would be

surprised if that stayed with CJ

1:50:131:50:18

Stander in the middle, but it looks

like that is what they are trying to

1:50:181:50:21

cook up.

A change of props for

France, Danny Priso coming on. And

1:50:211:50:35

Cedate Gomes Sa. Rory Best. He is

always a model of calm. Finding

1:50:351:50:46

Peter O'Mahoney. Dan Leavy gets the

pass way, a good little off-load to

1:50:461:50:52

Carbery. Ireland have with this way.

Sexton, Stockdale. Sexton has a

1:50:521:51:04

little show and go past the 22. Iain

Henderson approaches it, can't quite

1:51:041:51:11

make it. Cian Healy. Footwork from

the prop.

1:51:111:51:20

the prop. Stockdale, who is off his

wing. Keith Earls is still very much

1:51:201:51:28

on his, as CJ Stander again

approaches the 22. Rory Best. He

1:51:281:51:33

can't get to it.

1:51:331:51:39

can't get to it. Healy.

1:51:401:51:42

Sexton to Henshaw. It's broken down.

1:51:471:51:53

Turnover possession, Iturria, the

second row, picking it up and

1:51:541:51:57

feeding Vahaamahina.

1:51:571:52:05

Gomes Sa, his first charge. Slow

ball for Machenaud.

1:52:091:52:20

Rob Kearney, who is normally so good

on the highball, drops one. A

1:52:271:52:34

surprise, Luke?

Rob Kearney is

usually incredibly accurate under

1:52:341:52:41

the highball, and we've seen a few

examples today. 18 need somebody

1:52:411:52:47

like him to get the momentum high

kicks, get back into the game. -- a

1:52:471:52:53

team need somebody like him for the

wave after wave against this very

1:52:531:52:59

sharp French defence, and there

hasn't been much creativity. That

1:52:591:53:03

might be governed by the weather,

which is poor. I'm surprised they

1:53:031:53:07

haven't tried many crossfield kicks

or a real ones to put balls up for

1:53:071:53:12

people like Jacob Stockdale.

From an

Irish perspective, when you saw the

1:53:121:53:19

two or three moves that were set off

that lie out, and the way they could

1:53:191:53:23

get the runners at different angles,

even the dummy runners, they made

1:53:231:53:27

significant ground, but when the

first to what we have been set when

1:53:271:53:30

you are off-the-cuff, it's breaking

down and reverting to type, going in

1:53:301:53:35

one on one, and they need to get

more options when they are out of

1:53:351:53:38

the set plays and the players do it

off-the-cuff.

Yes, and the target as

1:53:381:53:47

well... They haven't kicked in an

attacking sense. I can run on the

1:53:471:53:51

one that Johnny Sexton won early in

the game and, if I was a winger

1:53:511:53:55

against that, you can hedge and you

don't have to defend Hicks, because

1:53:551:53:59

expect them. Just change it up

slightly, give France an opportunity

1:53:591:54:05

to have indecision in their

defensive line.

1:54:051:54:10

It's a collapsed scrum against the

background noise of La Marseillaise

1:54:281:54:34

at full volume. We are a bit bogged

down still.

1:54:341:54:42

REFEREE:

No, I can't check it on TV.

No, you can't, and you don't ask

1:54:471:54:53

either, thank you.

1:54:531:54:58

either, thank you. You come this

side, I'm going to go this side, OK?

1:54:581:55:02

Wayne Barnes has moved into position

and touch judge, to look down the

1:55:021:55:08

tunnel.

You can see a division of

labour. Paul Williams has moved to

1:55:081:55:17

the sideline now.

In it goes from

Machenaud. Gourdon gets it away, but

1:55:171:55:28

it's very scrappy possession.

1:55:281:55:32

Guirado, 24 tackles, the hooker

housemaid. -- has made. CJ Stander,

1:55:421:55:52

over the ball, and these are the

many triumphs in a tight game that

1:55:521:55:57

are all-important.

Also a mini

triumph for the Irish scrum, very

1:55:571:56:03

clever in slowly putting France

under pressure. The width means that

1:56:031:56:10

you Paul, Trevor Rees always catch

that, it's obvious. It still ruins

1:56:101:56:13

your position.

1:56:131:56:18

your position. -- -- that means that

you pull, and referees always catch

1:56:181:56:23

that.

A change on the Irish side,

Jack McGrath coming on.

For the

1:56:231:56:32

first time in a while, Ireland have

decent field position.

A quick word

1:56:321:56:38

from Paul O'Connell in the studio.

With the conditions, it would be

1:56:381:56:43

great to see Ireland driving a bit

more, and offered a short line-out

1:56:431:56:46

as well, whereby France have to be

very disciplined. I think Ireland

1:56:461:56:54

have used it effectively in the

past, and they are doing it here

1:56:541:56:58

now, a six plus one line-out and a

drive, though hopefully some of

1:56:581:57:00

this. Good defence by France.

France did well to sack that

1:57:001:57:07

straightaway.

Good catch by Peter

O'Mahoney. Now Ireland are inside

1:57:071:57:14

that area of maximum pressure, the

22. Carbery looks up and find

1:57:141:57:22

Sexton. Robbie Henshaw. Tadhg

Furlong. Now Sexton goes in. He's

1:57:221:57:31

out of... Oh, penalty advantage to

Ireland. They've stolen it through

1:57:311:57:37

Danny Priso. But a penalty against

the French.

1:57:371:57:43

REFEREE:

First offence, two blue.

I

think Jacques Brunel and his staff

1:57:491:57:56

will be disappointed. Needless. It's

not necessarily a bad thing to be

1:57:561:58:01

stuck down there if you have lots of

numbers ready to defend, was if you

1:58:011:58:05

get a turnover the other team is

exposed, and Machenaud is exposed a

1:58:051:58:08

few times. They need to not panic,

and they are in their 22 defending,

1:58:081:58:15

it's OK.

1:58:151:58:20

it's OK.

Guirado princess had up to

say, there is a man lying on top of

1:58:221:58:24

me. -- Iturria puts his hand up. If

you give an opposition player a

1:58:241:58:34

chance to hold you in, which they

will do, I'm afraid you will pay the

1:58:341:58:38

penalty.

Good point, think that's

something the referees have got

1:58:381:58:43

sharper on. Lots of people often

times in that scenario, they talk as

1:58:431:58:49

if they can't get out of there, but

more often than not it's as if

1:58:491:58:53

they've got themselves in a bad

position and they know what they are

1:58:531:58:56

doing in the tackle area prior to

going to the deck.

You can't see it,

1:58:561:59:02

but the rain is falling again at the

Stade de France.

1:59:021:59:09

Johnny Sexton, his fifth penalty. He

has landed all four of them so far.

1:59:181:59:28

The crowd not as quiet as for the

first kick.

1:59:311:59:39

A little bit of a fade on it.

Bringing it between the posts. The

1:59:431:59:48

kick is good. Oh, no. Faded away.

The score remains 6-12.

1:59:482:00:08

France within a converted try still

of taking the lead.

2:00:122:00:24

Peter O'Mahony tackled by Gourdon.

Back to Henshaw. Forward pass.

2:00:252:00:37

There is Lauret. Just wondering who

Gabrillagues has come on for.

2:00:402:00:52

Sometimes you get games that just do

not flow, the condition is not

2:00:572:01:02

right, errors and penalties. In

these games you have to be precise

2:01:022:01:06

in discipline. That is what we'll

give it away, a slip, an unintended

2:01:062:01:11

consequence. Just grinding these

games out. Especially as it is the

2:01:112:01:20

first, Ireland need to grind this

out and make sure they go away with

2:01:202:01:24

the win no matter how it is

achieved.

I'm a bit surprise so far

2:01:242:01:31

that Ireland have not just picked it

up. That first past easier to

2:01:312:01:42

defend.

2:01:422:01:47

defend. I think Ireland need a lot

more attacking kicks.

2:01:482:01:56

more attacking kicks.

Held up a bit

in the heart of the scrum. Gourdon

2:01:572:02:01

will pick up. Feeding straight

through Belleau.

2:02:012:02:09

through Belleau. Strong runner,

Vakatawa, charging into the 22.

2:02:102:02:14

Machenaud.

2:02:142:02:24

Machenaud ordering more forwards.

That did not really help. Gomes Sa

2:02:252:02:31

from a standing start.

2:02:312:02:37

from a standing start. It has ground

a bit to a halt, began with good

2:02:392:02:42

momentum. Free zone trying to inject

some more momentum. Lauret sent

2:02:422:02:47

back.

2:02:472:02:54

back. Lamerat. And guess who it is,

Vahaamahina again.

2:02:542:03:10

Vahaamahina again.

Excellent bit of

defence from Johnny Sexton. Such a

2:03:132:03:15

good part of his game and a great

thing to have in your team. Number

2:03:152:03:21

Ten is well able to wrestle with the

Centre. Great recognition from

2:03:212:03:27

Henderson that he had Lamerat in an

awkward position.

I make that double

2:03:272:03:36

the penalties that France have

conceded over Ireland. At least four

2:03:362:03:38

of those have been from the second

row, Vahaamahina. That is what this

2:03:382:03:48

man can do if you give him the room.

But you've got to cut out the ill

2:03:482:03:53

discipline.

Excellent technique,

Henshaw and Sexton over the ball

2:03:532:04:03

carrying hand. Then all you need is

some more guys to get in behind and

2:04:032:04:06

then you are in trouble. Going in

against more numbers in a high

2:04:062:04:12

position.

Tauleigne coming onto the

field. His first cap for France.

2:04:122:04:26

Conor Murray

2:04:262:04:33

Conor Murray collared. Rory Best,

getting his head down to make the

2:04:342:04:42

yard. Sexton, has it gone far

enough.

2:04:422:04:56

Keith earls cannot catch on.

Vakatawa cannot hang onto the ball.

2:04:582:05:07

High tackle. Keith earls.

2:05:112:05:18

High tackle. Keith earls. High

tackle by Keith earls on Vakatawa.

2:05:182:05:21

Penalty to France. Peter O'Mahony

back on his feet.

Dan Leavy has had

2:05:212:05:32

a huge impact on the game so far

with some brilliant carries. That

2:05:322:05:36

was an massive tackle against

Gerada.

2:05:362:05:42

Gerada. He has had a massive impact.

And back home in Ireland there was a

2:05:432:05:48

bit of surprise given his

performance so far this year that he

2:05:482:05:52

was not included but he is proving a

point today.

2:05:522:06:02

France will have this possession

just outside the Irish 22. Here is

2:06:022:06:12

Palis.

Ireland have not looked like

conceding a try but anything going

2:06:122:06:29

loose...

On comes Toner.

Gabrillagues winning the line-out.

2:06:292:06:45

The shaven head of Devin Toner.

Furlong did well.

2:06:452:06:56

The new scrum-half, Dupont. Here he

is. Centre who has been on from the

2:06:592:07:09

start. Chavancy. Hardly seen much of

the ball.

2:07:092:07:19

Vakatawa just about delivers.

2:07:272:07:34

Thomas. Belleau.

It is a tame ending.

Fantastic

2:07:342:07:50

defence from Ireland. Starting on

the 22 and they drove them back.

2:07:502:07:57

They have done a really good

defensive job. They're doubling up

2:07:572:08:03

on all the tackles. Two guys on one

French carrier. Driving them all the

2:08:032:08:08

way.

Johnny Sexton goes long into

the drizzle.

2:08:082:08:17

the drizzle. Dupont to Belleau and

back up into the drizzle it goes.

2:08:192:08:24

Johnny Sexton starts a counter

attack. Rob Kearney safely back on

2:08:242:08:31

his feet. Limping a little bit.

Jacob Stockdale.

2:08:312:08:43

Jacob Stockdale. Knocked on.

That is unusual, you see that quite

2:08:432:08:53

a lot in the game with a guy almost

running beyond where the ball is

2:08:532:08:59

landing into the guy receiving the

ball in this case Rob Kearney. Very

2:08:592:09:04

unusual for me and I think

definitely a penalty. Hit by the

2:09:042:09:09

opposing player before he's even got

into the air. Maybe I'm a bit

2:09:092:09:14

passionate about that as a former

back three player but it is an

2:09:142:09:18

unusual scenario.

Nigel Owens going

to have a look at it.

2:09:182:09:24

I'm not sure, I do not think there's

in that the challenging players are

2:09:242:09:32

not in the air.

If the contact

happens before were the ball is

2:09:322:09:41

landing, quite an unusual scenario.

No malice in that. Just a bit of

2:09:412:09:47

over exuberance chasing the kick. I

think that should be a penalty, to

2:09:472:09:52

be honest.

I have checked and

nothing wrong with that, just a

2:09:522:09:58

collision.

You will have to agree to

disagree.

2:09:582:10:06

France will have the scrum. On the

ten metre line.

2:10:062:10:16

Furlong is going off. John Ryan

coming on.

2:10:162:10:31

Devin Toner standing quite literally

head and shoulders above everybody.

2:10:392:10:50

The Irish have applied a good bit of

pressure in the scrummage.

The ball

2:11:022:11:09

cannot get cleared to Gourdon. So he

cannot get quick ball. And if the

2:11:092:11:19

opposition cannot get momentum then

you get that kind of a mess

2:11:192:11:22

occurring. The ball not swept back.

It just land in the middle of the

2:11:222:11:30

second row. He is allowed to reach

forward and pick it up.

2:11:302:11:45

A very laboured movement. Good

pressure again from Ireland.

2:11:532:12:00

pressure again from Ireland. Towards

Vakatawa and he takes it. Excellent

2:12:012:12:03

tackle from Johnny Sexton. He is OK.

France with a little more energy.

2:12:032:12:19

Dupont the new scrum-half. Belleau

who has now been on for a long time.

2:12:212:12:27

Again a very tame end to the attack.

Rob Kearney high into the night sky.

2:12:272:12:34

France take it quickly. Dupont. In

the clear. Thomas is going to score

2:12:342:12:42

for France! They could take the lead

if the conversion is good.

I said

2:12:422:12:51

Ireland might be nervous.

2:12:512:12:57

Ireland might be nervous. One man up

for the quick throw in.

2:12:572:13:07

for the quick throw in. The French

took the chance and it paid off for

2:13:072:13:10

them. Wonderful from Thomas. A lot

of work to do.

2:13:102:13:21

of work to do.

An incredible finish

from Thomas from 60 metres out.

2:13:212:13:26

Lovely recognition of the

opportunity down the short side. I

2:13:262:13:30

think Conor Murray made a mistake

trying to make that tackle.

2:13:302:13:35

Overextending against good athletes,

you need to make sure you connect

2:13:352:13:41

and not defend on your own. He took

a chance to try and put pressure on

2:13:412:13:46

France but they have taken full

advantage of what for me was a

2:13:462:13:52

mistake. And an incredible finish.

2:13:522:13:57

This is to put France in the lead.

Anthony Belleau.

2:13:572:14:04

Or change here in Paris. France go

into the lead against Ireland,

2:14:122:14:17

13-12. Teddy Thomas if the man who's

turned the game around.

2:14:172:14:30

Johnny Sexton, restarting. Gourdon

rises high, catches well.

2:14:362:14:44

Six and a bit minutes to go. Yacouba

Camara sets up the ruck. Behind

2:14:522:15:01

Google is -- behind Dupont is Palis.

Nigel Owens checked. Keith Earls

2:15:012:15:14

can't believe it. A quick word from

pole in the studio.

Been calling

2:15:142:15:25

this for the last ten minutes, he

said it's going to be like two years

2:15:252:15:29

ago. Ireland have had all of the

possession, winning the penalty

2:15:292:15:34

count, but they haven't capitalised

and a 6-point gap isn't enough.

2:15:342:15:38

France always dangerous, always

capable of scoring a try. Now the

2:15:382:15:43

crowd believes, the French players

believe, and Ireland have to chase

2:15:432:15:46

the game in bad conditions.

Five and

a half minutes to go, France with

2:15:462:15:51

this attacking scrummage. A change

on the Irish side. Jacob Stockdale

2:15:512:15:58

is off. Fergus McFadden is on.

2:15:582:16:03

France will be very happy to spend

the next five minutes right here,

2:16:082:16:15

eating up the seconds.

Important

period now for Ireland. They need to

2:16:152:16:23

calm down, they've got six or seven

minutes on the clock to get it back

2:16:232:16:27

down to their end of the pitch. This

game is still in the balance of they

2:16:272:16:33

need Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray,

Peter O'Mahoney calming the game

2:16:332:16:38

down. Let's get our hands back on

the ball and get down the other end

2:16:382:16:41

of the pitch.

A change in the back

row for France, Kevin Gourdon is

2:16:412:16:47

off.

2:16:472:16:53

off. Picking up the scraps. And this

is Marco Tauleigne, France with a

2:16:532:17:00

playground. -- a player down. And

Nigel Owens quite rightly stops

2:17:002:17:07

play. Head,

2:17:072:17:17

play. Head, HIA, head injury

assessment.

2:17:172:17:23

assessment. And one Dupont, the

scrum-half, is the man down. Teddy

2:17:232:17:28

Thomas, the man who changed this

game completely.

2:17:282:17:35

REFEREE:

Hang on, he said it could

be HIA.

Is it his leg?

2:17:352:17:47

be HIA.

Is it his leg?

No, HIA it

is. Looked like a neat delivery.

I

2:17:502:17:55

had two of them in my career.

Hopefully it's just after jarring

2:17:552:18:01

his knee, or a lesser one on the

inside, hopefully for his sake it's

2:18:012:18:05

nothing too serious.

I don't think

he is moving

2:18:052:18:15

he is moving it like an ACL. He

would be in a lots more pain if it

2:18:152:18:18

was.

Very similar against Munster in

2009 with a ACL but I plagued by

2:18:182:18:29

myself for 15 minutes and sometimes

you don't realise, strong legs. If

2:18:292:18:33

you get a lot of damage around it,

not that I'm a doctor by any

2:18:332:18:36

means...

Play on until you know!

You're just being tough.

2:18:362:18:50

You're just being tough.

I hope

that's nothing too serious for a

2:18:502:18:51

very promising young player. I wish

you all the best for a speedy

2:18:512:18:55

recovery.

2:18:552:18:59

I don't think he's covering back --

coming back, Nigel.

2:18:592:19:05

REFEREE:

You must stop saying that

it's definitely an HIA. He can't

2:19:052:19:13

come on if it is. Is it HIA, that's

what I need to know. You're me it

2:19:132:19:19

is?

2:19:192:19:25

is?

Yeah

REFEREE:

Go back, please. I know you

2:19:252:19:27

are the captain.

2:19:272:19:32

are the captain. Say again?

If it's

a head injury, Maxime Machenaud can

2:19:362:19:40

come back on as a scrum-half. If

it's a knee injury only...

2:19:402:19:45

REFEREE:

The official match doctor

is saying it's a HIA? Is that

2:19:452:19:52

correct? OK.

Maxime Machenaud can

play.

2:19:522:20:00

REFEREE:

An official match doctor is

telling me it's a HIA. I have no

2:20:072:20:13

medic and I'm going with the

official match doctor, and we are

2:20:132:20:15

going to carry on with the game, OK?

It's a HIA. It's the match doctor's

2:20:152:20:20

call. It came from the touchline.

Back you go, please.

Well, you can

2:20:202:20:30

understand the incredulity of Johnny

Sexton, because of links onto one

2:20:302:20:36

Dupont with a head injury. --

because of links Dupont with a head

2:20:362:20:43

injury.

2:20:432:20:47

injury.

Maybe I might be a better

doctor than the medical officer! Who

2:20:482:20:51

knows?

It brings to mind what

happened here last year in the 100

2:20:512:20:56

minute game between France and

Wales, a big penalty. The

2:20:562:21:00

heavyweights scrummaging here.

Machenaud, did he take it quickly?

2:21:002:21:05

Nigel Owens is bringing them back.

I

tell you what, Ireland lost

2:21:052:21:14

concentration. A lot are concerned

about whether or not it was a HIA,

2:21:142:21:19

which is no concern of theirs,

really, and in doing that they lost

2:21:192:21:23

concentration of the scrum, allowed

the French to get underneath. John

2:21:232:21:27

Ryan couldn't get his right shoulder

down.

2:21:272:21:33

France will pig for goal, and this

could be just about it, in terms of

2:21:332:21:39

time. -- France will pig for goal.

76 and a half minutes. There will be

2:21:392:21:46

time, but it's not...

A penalty

isn't good enough, and neither is a

2:21:462:21:53

drop goal, that's the problem. Just

one scrum. Can scrummage as well as

2:21:532:22:01

you like and you get one wrong in

this position, it's a terrible

2:22:012:22:05

feeling.

Anthony Belleau. This is to

extend the lead.

2:22:052:22:16

It slides wide. Another penalty

miss. Johnny Sexton missed one.

2:22:372:22:43

Belleau misses one. Ireland failing.

Brilliantly caught by Iain

2:22:432:22:48

Henderson. Ireland with just two and

a half minutes to turn the game

2:22:482:22:54

their way. Bundee Aki.

2:22:542:23:02

their way. Bundee Aki. That's a good

tackle on the centre. Sean Cronin,

2:23:022:23:10

an act hooker for Ireland. France

with a player down on the ten metre

2:23:102:23:15

line, Kevin Gourdon. Johnny Sexton

with a little half-break, but they

2:23:152:23:20

are still inside their own half.

2:23:202:23:26

are still inside their own half. Dan

Leavy.

2:23:282:23:34

Gourdon is still down, and the play,

after Sean Cronin's little group, is

2:23:342:23:41

going to come his way. Robbie

Henshaw. It's going the other way.

2:23:412:23:49

CJ Stander.

2:23:492:23:56

Just over a minute to go. Ireland

can't get in to the French half.

2:23:562:24:02

Conor Murray. To Leavy. France's

discipline, good so far.

2:24:022:24:16

discipline, good so far. Number

five, Sebastien Vahaamahina, has

2:24:162:24:17

given away a handful of penalties on

his own. He is staying well away

2:24:172:24:22

from danger.

Boredom on the right

wing is limping. -- Gourdon.

2:24:222:24:33

Vahaamahina presents it again, but

they are still stuck in their own

2:24:332:24:36

half. Aki. Healy stayed close --

came close and couldn't really help.

2:24:362:24:49

A big target for Vahaamahina to hit

legitimately. Robbie Henshaw. The

2:24:492:24:57

closing seconds of the match.

2:24:572:25:04

Is there one more little twist to

this match? Ireland up to halfway.

2:25:042:25:14

We are into overtime. Iain

Henderson.

2:25:142:25:25

Aki. France's defending has been

excellent. Ireland still in

2:25:272:25:33

possession.

2:25:332:25:35

Sexton, he risks the pig. Keith

Earls rises high. -- Sexton, he

2:25:422:25:52

risks the kick. Ireland now deep

into the French half. John Ryan. Ten

2:25:522:25:56

more yards. Sexton is down. The drop

kick expert is down on the ground.

2:25:562:26:05

Back on his feet now. But still a

long way out for the drop goal.

2:26:052:26:15

Guilhem Guirado, the French captain,

looks on from a far, with Devin

2:26:172:26:21

Toner up beyond the ten metre line.

Peter O'Mahoney.

2:26:212:26:30

Peter O'Mahoney. At what point do

Ireland risk the kick? It's a long

2:26:302:26:34

way out. They have to get closer

than this. France's defence

2:26:342:26:40

excellent. Danny Priso, aged 17.

Heavyweight tackling, Gomes Sa.

2:26:402:26:53

Bundee Aki.

2:26:532:26:58

Bundee Aki. France's defence still

keeping Ireland at the halfway line.

2:26:582:27:02

Fergus McFadden, wearing 23,

involved. Another replacement, Dan

2:27:092:27:13

Leavy. Peter O'Mahoney going back up

to the ten metre line. Look at the

2:27:132:27:23

phases, 36 of them. Sexton. Infield,

or inside to Henderson.

2:27:232:27:31

Henderson again.

2:27:372:27:39

Creeping closer to the point at

which a drop goal becomes possible.

2:27:422:27:51

Sexton waits, here it comes. It

looks good. He likes it. Nigel

2:27:512:27:57

Owens's arm goes up. And Ireland

have stolen the game, right at the

2:27:572:28:04

death. And the players tear back

into their own 22, and Guilhem

2:28:042:28:13

Guirado, look at that place, look at

that body! France put themselves in

2:28:132:28:18

a winning position, only for Ireland

to steal it with the last kick of

2:28:182:28:23

the game. Johnny Sexton's drop goal.

The final score, France 13, Ireland

2:28:232:28:30

15.

2:28:302:28:35

15.

Welcomer sport is rarely fair,

but one moment of brilliance came

2:28:372:28:42

from a French try. In terms of

kicking excellence and coolness

2:28:422:28:49

under pressure, that is also an

exceptional moment.

I thought those

2:28:492:28:55

last 40 or 50 phases were littered

with high-quality moments from

2:28:552:29:00

Johnny Sexton, all started from a

running drop goal into Devin Toner's

2:29:002:29:04

hands, to get a move started, and

finished with another drop goal.

2:29:042:29:09

He's got and finishes his kicking

training with it and I'm not

2:29:092:29:13

surprised to see him deliver on the

big stage.

Jacques Brunel, back with

2:29:132:29:20

the French national team, opened his

new career with a loss. Oh, what a

2:29:202:29:23

finish! One try scored by Teddy

Thomas, a flash of brilliance by the

2:29:232:29:30

French win, but Ireland kept their

composure, patience and discipline

2:29:302:29:35

and built themselves that position,

and Johnny Sexton, in the sea of

2:29:352:29:38

blue shirts, is the player that has

broken French hearts.

2:29:382:29:47

advantage of what for me was a

mistake. And an incredible finish.

2:29:482:29:52

An exhilarating finish to a game

which at times really was for the

2:29:532:30:00

fan of the game. The second half

showed France coming back into this

2:30:002:30:07

and giving their fans hope and

excitement. But Ireland in the end

2:30:072:30:12

with their patients and steadiness

getting Johnny Sexton into that and

2:30:122:30:17

then you cannot underestimate the

skill of a drop goal.

An amazing

2:30:172:30:23

moment, we thought they had gone

into drop goal rugby a bit too

2:30:232:30:26

early. And giving Johnny Sexton a

bit too much to do. But it was

2:30:262:30:34

incredible. But the longer the game

went on, the more Ireland were

2:30:342:30:45

taking their opportunities, it

looked like it was going to be a

2:30:452:30:51

1-point game.

Who could have

predicted that finish. Let's just

2:30:512:30:53

have a word with Rob Kearney.

Johnny

Sexton just walking behind you

2:30:532:30:58

shaking his head. He cannot believe

it, can you?

It is quite incredible.

2:30:582:31:05

We probably got out of jail a bit.

But to build that amount of phases

2:31:052:31:10

in terrible conditions. And then

Johnny at the end, incredible. You

2:31:102:31:16

watched it go through the post? I

thought it was a little bit short.

2:31:162:31:22

Then he ran off celebrating,

unbelievably special. What does it

2:31:222:31:28

say about the measure of the man.

Massive from him. He puts a huge

2:31:282:31:32

amount of work in. He would have

been feeling bad about missing that

2:31:322:31:38

penalty but the sign of a real

champion to go again.

Why were

2:31:382:31:43

ardent in that position because it

was your game to win.

Well we kicked

2:31:432:31:49

the ball out and switched off. I got

caught down the short site with a

2:31:492:31:54

few of the other boys and that is

how dangerous they are. They scored

2:31:542:31:58

that one try and we got out of jail.

How special is it to get a win here,

2:31:582:32:04

only the third time you have done

it.

It is massive. They have had a

2:32:042:32:10

poor year by playing here they are a

superb side. We knew that there

2:32:102:32:14

would be a spike in their

performance with the new guys coming

2:32:142:32:17

in.

But so proud to be part of this

team.

2:32:172:32:20

Well done. Well a day for records.

The first time since 1964 that

2:32:202:32:27

France have lost their opening match

in consecutive Six Nations.

2:32:272:32:32

Disappointment for Jacques Brunel

not to start with a wind that looked

2:32:322:32:36

as if it was in the bag.

But credit

to Ireland with that fantastic

2:32:362:32:40

finish.

2:32:402:32:46

finish. To miss a penalty and before

points in front.

Johnny Sexton is

2:32:472:32:52

the man of the moment.

Can you

believe you have just done that? It

2:32:522:32:59

was one of those moments. Just happy

to get another chance. I just

2:32:592:33:04

snatched at it with the last moment,

something caught my eye and just

2:33:042:33:11

happy to get another chance for the

boys who worked so hard for the last

2:33:112:33:15

couple of weeks. It is just great to

be in the position we are in now.

2:33:152:33:20

Just tell me what you were thinking

as you just pulled the trigger?

To

2:33:202:33:27

be honest I went back to a couple of

years ago when we played in Treviso.

2:33:272:33:33

I was in the same position, almost

identical situation. Just flashed

2:33:332:33:37

back to that. I do not think we

could have gone another couple of

2:33:372:33:44

phases so we just got there in the

end.

What does that say about the

2:33:442:33:48

team, going through 40 phases in the

end snatching it?

It says a lot

2:33:482:33:53

about the management, drilling as

every day and we have some good

2:33:532:33:59

characters in the team. We just

wanted to get off to a good start.

2:33:592:34:05

It looked like deja vu the same as

two years ago. They got a try out of

2:34:052:34:10

nothing and we went behind.

But we

took that chance, thankfully.

2:34:102:34:13

Well done to you. They do not come

very often, victories here and

2:34:132:34:18

obviously that a win in 2014 lead to

a championship winning season. It

2:34:182:34:23

feels like the tide is with Ireland

now. And a world-class player like

2:34:232:34:29

Johnny Sexton in the squad. To see

that magic at the end. In a game

2:34:292:34:33

that I suppose would not have been

planned to pan out quite as it did.

2:34:332:34:41

We chatted earlier and an away win

is hard to come by. Even last

2:34:412:34:46

season, I think only one away win

and it came with a last-minute try

2:34:462:34:52

by Elliot Daly. They're hard to come

by here. That will do a lot for

2:34:522:34:58

Ireland and their self belief. I do

not think they played particularly

2:34:582:35:00

well. It was hard to play in the

conditions but that will be massive

2:35:002:35:04

for their self belief to have

persevered and come through with a

2:35:042:35:07

big moment that. As someone who has

dropped a goal in a high-pressure

2:35:072:35:14

situation, with the weather here,

you cannot see it but it is teeming

2:35:142:35:18

with rain. 45 metres out and he

struck it sweetly. It went the

2:35:182:35:26

distance. Sporting memories. I'm not

even playing out there but it sapped

2:35:262:35:34

everything out of me. Jumping for

joy and look at that reaction.

From

2:35:342:35:42

the Irish bench. Incredible. You

lost your emotional hoop with that

2:35:422:35:48

Thomas try. That gave you a thrill.

And that was it for France, they had

2:35:482:35:54

the bit between their teeth. When

Thomas went over you must've felt

2:35:542:36:00

that France had turned a corner in

terms of their recent performance.

2:36:002:36:07

Yes the defence was good, we carried

on for 80 minutes. Fantastic school.

2:36:072:36:13

You need fantastic players and

matchwinners. And Johnny Sexton

2:36:132:36:20

today, what he did was fantastic.

This is the moment of magic. Conor

2:36:202:36:27

Murray in an offside position but it

did not matter. And then Rob Kearney

2:36:272:36:37

asleep on the blindside. Thomas just

uses his skill and pace. Just to

2:36:372:36:41

slide through. Clearly Irish

defence.

2:36:412:36:49

defence.

He is quick and strong, a

fantastic finisher.

2:36:502:36:59

fantastic finisher.

I thought that

moment, that was the moment of magic

2:37:032:37:09

that the game was missing. I thought

it would be enough.

We had a drop

2:37:092:37:15

goal after that by Keith earls which

led to a scrum and then a penalty.

2:37:152:37:20

That was the chance for France to

put the game away.

When you look at

2:37:202:37:26

the statistics afterwards, the

possession, in one way Ireland

2:37:262:37:33

deserved to win. But a lot of credit

to this young French team.

They will

2:37:332:37:39

learn a lot from that experience.

Those players who were debutants

2:37:392:37:43

today and a lack of experience on

the bench as well. Perhaps that came

2:37:432:37:47

into play. Because

2:37:472:37:55

into play. Because with the HIAs, a

couple of them appeared to have been

2:37:552:37:58

called when they wear a knee injury.

You did not see players going off

2:37:582:38:02

holding their hands. And you kind of

think if they're talking about that

2:38:022:38:11

as a HIA, it looks clear that it is

a knee injury. And that technical

2:38:112:38:16

Chat going on off the field, that is

not in the spirit of the game. We do

2:38:162:38:23

not know.

I will go with the

official match doctor.

2:38:232:38:31

official match doctor. HIA is the

call.

There's nothing Nigel Owens

2:38:332:38:36

can do if the doctor tells them it

is a HIA.

There he is coming down

2:38:362:38:41

the tunnel and a little gesture

pointing to his head. Just make sure

2:38:412:38:47

the doctor is examining his head.

Hopefully he will come through that

2:38:472:38:52

HIA with flying colours. We will

have to see what happens afterwards

2:38:522:38:57

and whether Ireland has any

post-match complaint.

There was a

2:38:572:39:06

lot of talk about the values of the

game and players protesting and we

2:39:062:39:12

have to protect the values of the

game. So just disappointing to see

2:39:122:39:17

that. Two players going off with a

knee injury under HIA.

Obviously

2:39:172:39:23

with the fixtures falling the way

they have for Ireland this season,

2:39:232:39:26

this was an away fixture, their

record in France has not been great.

2:39:262:39:33

And the record in the Six Nations

for Ireland had not been great

2:39:332:39:38

either. So to get that victory away

from home in your first fixture

2:39:382:39:42

coming in with a strong track

record. This will now be the team to

2:39:422:39:47

beat in the championship.

Well Joe

Schmidt will be telling his team to

2:39:472:39:55

focus on the next game. Three home

games on the bounce. They knew that

2:39:552:39:59

was coming so they can collect

themselves but it is about

2:39:592:40:03

developing and moving on. Joe

Schmidt has his side so well

2:40:032:40:06

drilled. I wonder whether magic

comes from in a tough situation. It

2:40:062:40:13

has come from their exceptionally

experienced guy, Johnny Sexton. It

2:40:132:40:20

was a miracle kick but for me I need

to do more than what they're doing

2:40:202:40:25

at the moment. Because they are

quite predictable. You have a good

2:40:252:40:29

defence and France had that, they

were superb today and they will

2:40:292:40:33

struggle. They just need to move on

with their attack.

They must beat

2:40:332:40:39

nine, 12 points in front, but close

to the line you need to be deep for

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the drop goal. You're dominating 70%

of the game. And I agree with you.

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It is a tough place to win in the

Stade de France and also in these

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conditions.

And with the new coach,

always that feeling in a squad to

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want to impress the new coach.

Especially with the French debutants

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today but alas not to be. Let's take

a look at the table. Just two

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matches played. Wales leading the

way after their emphatic victory

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over Scotland. 34-7 with a bonus

point as well. Ireland with four

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points from that victory. France

with the one point there. And of

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course England up against Italy

tomorrow. Final thoughts from you,

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feeling a bit more positive about

French rugby?

Exactly, a lot of new

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players.

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players. And keeping that

discipline, strong in the back area.

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You understand why Johnny Sexton is

a world-class player.

In some ways

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for Ireland better than playing

really well, to come through a test

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like that. And to produce what they

did at the end of the game to win a

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tight game is fantastic for their

confidence and self belief.

Thank

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you so much. I'm afraid after that

match all that we can do is talk

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about Johnny Sexton. Good night.

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We are off at the Stade de France.

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The kick is good.

Ireland 9-3 ahead.

Ireland lead 12-3. It is good.

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Suddenly we have pace. Thomas is

going to score! Ireland have stolen

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the game!

2:43:042:43:05

Gabby Logan hosts live Six Nations rugby as France take on Ireland at the Stade de France. The Irish are hoping for a better start than last year, when they lost their opening fixture 27-22 to Scotland at Murrayfield.

Studio guests include Paul O'Connell and Jeremy Guscott, while the commentary team consists of Eddie Butler and Brian Moore.