France saw off Ireland 25-22 at Lansdowne Road despite the home side outscoring them by three tries to one in the final fixture of the second weekend of the 6 Nations Championship.
Fergus McFadden opened the scoring in the match following a drop of the ball from French fullback Clement Poitrenaud as Ireland looked to build on their scrappy victory over Italy last weekend. Despite this some ill-discipline at the breakdown allowed France into the lead as scrum-half Morgan Parra slotted four penalties to Jonathon Sexton’s one as France led 12-10.
Tomas O’Leary, possibly seeing his opposite number Parra slotting the penalties, decided to get his name on the score sheet as well. He did so just before the break as he dived over for his side’s second try. Sexton’s missed kick kept the match within a single kick though, with the side’s going in at half time with the home team up 15-12.
The second half got off to the perfect start for France as Parra kicked his fifth penalty of the afternoon to draw the teams level. Shortly after, the French grabbed the lead with their only try of the match. Clermont Auvergne winger Aurelien Rougerie, playing at centre for France I this match, broke the line and was able to offload to wing Maxime Medard who went over to give his side went back in front on 55 minutes.
A further penalty, this time by replacement scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili, extended Les Bleus’ lead before Jamie Heaslip barged over for the home side’s third try. Ronan O’Gara, on for Sexton, slotted the extras but France hung on to see out their second victory in this year’s Championship.
France travel to Twickenham in two weeks’ time as the two remaining unbeaten teams face each other, while Ireland take on Scotland at Murrayfield.