The other thing that shone through for me was France coach Bernard Laporte at last realising he needs a top-notch goakicker in his side, and Jean-Baptiste Elissalde did the job superbly.
Ireland, I feel, will beat Argentina in Paris next Sunday, but I can't see them winning by the required bonus point margin. Even then, they've still got to deny Argentina a losing bonus.
Argentina have been going well, but there is no doubt in my mind that France froze against them in the opening game and Les Bleus also missed their kicks.
Ireland have got it all to do, but a win would at least give them some pride back. The tools are there to beat Argentina, yet it is going to be a huge ask for things to work out in their favour regarding the quarter-finals.
There is a lot being said and written about apparent off-field problems in the Ireland camp, and there just doesn't seem to be any privacy for players now. It didn't surprise me some of the things came out in the week of the France game. Also, when you are not playing well, the whole world seems to be against you.
When you are down in sport, you are really down, that's the way it is. The Ireland squad has got to close ranks now and just keep really tight going into the Pumas encounter.