Rugby Union...and France has defeated Ireland by 10 points to 9 at Parc des Princes?
Rugby Union...and France has defeated Ireland by 10 points to 9 at Parc des Princes in Paris on Saturday (18 February). The match was part of this year's Five Nations Rugby Union Championships. However weather almost made officials cancel the match with the final decision to play on the icy pitch taken only hours before the kick-off.
SYNOPSIS: France was tipped to win the game and the power and strength of their pack, together with another fine performance by scrum-half Jerome Gallion, gave them a comfortable victory in the icy conditions. The game got off to a ragged start and the referee had to check players on both sides several times for misdemeanours. It soon became clear that France had the upper hand.
The French try came after 22 minutes when Jerome Gallion received the ball from a set scrum. It gave an early morale-boosting lead.
The French team has had a good season so far and came to this game two up with two to play. Gallion's try was followed up quickly with a penalty from Jean Michel Aguirre.
One of Ireland's disadvantages was having a lighter pack than France. On the slippery ice, it proved a disastrous handicap. But the game did not go entirely France's way. After suffering set backs, Ireland's fly half Tony Ward opened the Irish scoring with a good penalty kick. It was the first of three he was to give his team before the final whistle.
There were to be no more tries in the game, but two more penalties were notched up before half-time. The French penalty was, again, scored by Jean Michel Aguirre. It was followed very quickly by the second from Ireland's Tony Ward. France had a four point lead at the interval.
It was a lead the Tony Ward's final penalty. France emerged from the game at the top of the championship table with six points from three matches.