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Ireland Just Fail To Peg French Back.

9th February 2008 By Munster Rugby

Ireland Just Fail To Peg French Back.

Trailing 19-6 at half-time and then 26-6 after 48 minutes, Ireland somehow dragged themselves back into this game before unluckily losing 26-21

The turnaround in fortune came with the replacements the French made that saw them take off a prop, their impressive hooker and second row while once Eddie O’Sullivan introduced Mick O’Driscoll and Rory Best.

Best and O’Driscoll combined to steady the Irish lineout and give the set scrum a clear edge over the French. A penalty try and and outstretched arm from David Wallace left Ireland trailing 26-18 and when Ronan O’Gara landed a 74th minute penalty Ireland looked set for a remarkable comeback victory.

In the end they simply ran out of time as the game finished with the French vwery much on the ropes.

Ireland: G Dempsey; G Murphy, B O’Driscoll, A Trimble, R Kearney; R O’Gara, E reddan; M Horan, B Jackman (R Best 58 min), J Hayes; D O’Callaghan, M O’Kelly (M O’Driscoll 53 min); D Leamy, D Wallace, J Heaslip.

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