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Superb Victory For Ireland.

7th February 2009 By Munster Rugby

Superb Victory For Ireland.

Tries from Jamie Heaslip in the opening half and from captain Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy in the second highlighted a superb Ireland performance as they swept to a 30-21 victory over France in a totally absorbing RBS Six Nations contest in Croke Park.

Ronan O’Gara opened the scoring with a 2nd minute penalty before Imanol Harinordoquy scored a try in the corner that Lionel Beauxis converted.  O’Gara landed a second penalty, missed with a third effort and then added the points to  Heaslip’s 33rd minute try.

Beauxis landed an injury time drop goal to leave France trailing 13-10 at half time.

Two minutes after the restart O’Driscoll slalomed through off a flat O’Gara pass but Maxime Medard then collected a beautiful Beauxis kick to score on the right. Beauxis then added a drop-goal to leave just two points separating the sides but then we had a try from replacement Gordon D’Arcy to leave the French needing two scores to win.

The first came from a Beauxis penalty with less than five minutes left but from the restart Cedric Heymans was pinged for holding on and Ireland secured a marvellous and fully deserved victory.

Ireland: R Kearney (G Murphy 76 min); T Bowe, B O’Driscoll, P Wallace (G D’Arcy), L Fitzgerald; R O’Gara, T O’Leary; M Horan, J Flannery (R Best), J Hayes, D O’Callaghan, P O’Connell, S Ferris, D Wallace, J Heaslip .

France: C Poitrenaud; J Malzieu, F Fritz, Y Jauzion, M Medard; L Beauxis, S Tillous-Borde; L Faure, D Szarzewski, B Lecouls, S Chabal, L Nallet capt, T Dusautoir, F Ouedraogo, I Harinordoquy. 

Referee: N. Owens


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