Follow the latest updates from the Six Nations clash between France and Ireland in the Championship decider at the Stade de France.
After 14 games, four rounds and the longest Six Nations championship in history, the final round is set to be completed in Paris as both France and Ireland go for the title. England will be watching on hopefully following their final match against Italy in Rome, with Eddie Jones’s side the other team with title hopes well and truly alive – though they depend on the result of this match.
Ireland will win the Championship by one one three ways: by claiming a bonus-point victory, by beating France by seven points or more, or by beating France by six points as long as they score a try. If Ireland beat France by six points without a try, the title will be shared with England, while a five-point win or worse will hand England the spoils. The Rugby World Cup finalists will also win the Six Nations if France win, unless Les Bleus can claim an unlikely 31-point win with a bonus point to boot. Follow the live updates below.
Well thankfully Super Saturday has finally come alive! France made a lightning start as Fickou set up Dupont for the opening score, but their disciplinary issues returned to haunt them as Bouthier made the mindless decision to slap the ball into touch and earn himself 10 minutes in the cooler. Ireland hit back and scored through Healy on his 100th appearance, before Sexton nudged them into the lead. However, the ill-discipline swung into France’s favour as Doris brought down Cros off the ball when he was destined to score, giving the home side a slender lead at the break.
Ireland are far from out of the picture though. They’re four points down, but a 10-point swing would be enough to clinch the title.
40 mins: France 17-13 Ireland
France stem the maul attack, and Ireland resort to a bit of one-out driving that allows France to get over the ball and win the penalty with Ireland off their feet.. Should Ireland have taken the points? In hindsight – certainly.
And that’s half-time!
40 mins: France 17-13 Ireland
Ireland have a scrum put-in as the clock ticks red, and despite their best efforts they can’t force a penalty. The balls taken out and Ireland attack, and they get the penalty they were looking for as Alldritt is penalised for a ruck indiscretion. As Doris returns, Ireland turn down the shot at goal and go for the corner.
38 mins: France 17-13 Ireland
Ntamack makes no mistake and restores the four-point lead. Interestingly, Healy returns after passing his HIA, with 1:30 still on the Doris sin-bin.
37 mins: France 14-13 Ireland
France immediately hit back with an emphatic scrum that shoves Ireland back, and when the attack comes to nothing Barnes comes back to give Ntamack a shot at goal from the edge of the 22.
33 mins: France 14-13 Ireland
Sexton takes up every second before converting his second penalty, cutting the gap to one. Cros is off with injury, meaning Dylan Cretin is on in the French back row.
32 mins: France 14-10 Ireland
Ireland rebound well and force France into conceding a penalty inside their own red zone, which Sexton will duly take to close the gap and – more importantly – use up the clock on the sin-bin.
30 mins: France 14-10 Ireland
Disaster for Ireland! They knock the ball on again, and lock Bernard Le Roux hacks through and gives chase. He shows delightful footwork to dribble the ball on, and Irish flanker Caelan Doris hauls him down without the ball when a try was a certainty, conceding a penalty try and earning himself a yellow card in the process!
30 mins: France 12-10 Ireland
PENALTY TRY FOR FRANCE!
29 mins: France 7-10 Ireland
France show what they’re capable of with a lovely backs move that is eventually chipped deep, and the bounce does Stockdale as he knocks it on … he knocks it on, surely? It’s not given, and Ireland escape with one there.
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