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  • RBS Six Nations
  • 9th Mar 2013
  • KO 17:00
  • Ground: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
  • Att: 51,000

Ireland v France - Live

Last updated: 9th March 2013  

Full Time Ireland 13-13 France

80 France kick through, the ball goes dead... it's a draw! Nobody's preferred result, but it's the one we've got. Ireland will be frustrated - they failed to score any points in the second half and were the dominant side throughout. Credit to France for fighting back, but this was a savage encounter with a lot of walking wounded. France continue to search for that first win in this year's tournament.

80 Large stoppage of play as Eoin Reddan is stretchered off with a nasty leg injury. France have a penalty with four seconds left in their own half.

78 Ireland attacking but the pressure is well and firmly on. Physio on for Eoin Reddan who looks in a bad way. France turn it over!

76 Drama all round! Brian O'Driscoll is back on - Keith Earls chases a kick through and is given a significant nudge by Vincent Debaty going for the score. Nothing given, France drop out.

TRY TRY, FRANCE, PICAMOLES! 13-13 France with all the pressure as Ireland cling on. Tap and go from Picamoles and France are over! Try to the visitors and it's all level! Or is it? Michalak to convert... he has!

72 Luke Marshall limps off for Ireland as Brian O'Driscoll wobbles. Desperate to stay on but the Irish legend departs to huge applause and a few tears. Ian Madigan on for his debut.

70 French maul in the Irish 22 - Claassen with the carry. Bastareaud pounds the midfield and France are at their best now. Ireland cling on to win the penalty.

68 Knocked on by Ireland, scrum to France with time running out. In fairness, Ireland should really by up by more.

65 Penalty to France after Ireland slow it down. Attack from the lineout - but a penalty to Ireland, holding on the charge after good work from Brian O'Driscoll. Possibly his last game at Lansdowne Road today.

64 France clear their lines and have scrum inside their own half. Michalak has a juggle but survives under pressure.

60 Mid-air collision between Kearney and a Frenchman hands the advantage to Ireland. O'Brien batters Huget out the way, the full-back lying in a crumpled heap. Kicked forward into the corner by Ireland.

57 Careless penalty conceded by Ireland and Parra lines up another shot at goal. It's wide to the left, Ireland maintain their seven point lead.

55 Loose box kick from Parra is snatched up by Ireland. Scrappy passage of play now as both teams knock on, France coming out on top with the scrum on halfway.

Penalty54 PENALTY, FRANCE, PARRA! 13-6 Penalty to France, Mike Ross popping up at the scrum. Morgan Parra now on kicking duties and his excellent boot sends it over.

52 Huget with another excellent catch under the high ball. France knock forward, Ireland going backwards and will take the scrum.

49 Free kick to Ireland from the scrum - Murray taps and goes and Ireland are hungry for a second try. Racking up the phases, Jackson feigns a drop goal and passes onto Kearney, who does go for a drop goal but makes a mess of it.

47 Ireland drive with Sean O'Brien at the base. Loose pass and France will have the scrum.

45 Jackson's effort falls just short. Kearney takes the dropout and Ireland attack. Marshall's grubber is ineffective and France clear. Ireland come again through Kearney's kick, rolling into touch in the French 22.

42 Put-in reversed after France fail to use the ball at the back of the scrum - Ireland win the penalty, Mike Ross getting on top of Thomas Domingo. Jackson going for goal.

41 Ireland's mauling game shows itself once more, but the ball is knocked on by Mike McCarthy. France scrum.

40 Paddy Jackson starts the second half in Dublin. No let up in the weather - can France find a spark?

Half Time Ireland 13-3 France

40 Penalty to France, Ryan offside for Ireland on the floor. Michalak goes for goal and... it' wide. End to a half that promised little given the horrendous conditions, but has proved hugely more entertaining than the earlier game between Scotland and Wales. Ireland much improved - France need an improvement.

39 Lineout won by Ireland - Jackson jinks past a defender in his own in-goal area before clearing well.

38 Kearney takes a high ball but Murray's box kick is wasteful. Huget goes long - very long in fact as the ball dribbles into touch on Ireland's five metre line.

36 Loose passage of play but Ireland come clear with the ball, Cian Healy with a strong carry. Kicked long and Beauxis gathers. Picamoles forced into touch.

35 Safe lineout taken by Nyanga and then France win the penalty - Donnacha Ryan the perpetrator.

34 France working their way back into the game, but the ball is turned over by Best and Luke Marshall sends a brilliant kick downfield into the French 22.

Penalty PENALTY, IRELAND, JACKSON! 13-3 Another excellent strike from Jackson from long-range, Ireland with a deserved ten point lead.

31 Samson looks to have turned the ball over for France, but is penalised by Steve Walsh for not supporting his body weight. Jackson going for goal.

Penalty PENALTY, IRELAND, JACKSON! 10-3 More excellent power from Ireland from the maul and Jackson has a penalty attempt. Over it goes!

Penalty PENALTY, FRANCE, MICHALAK! 7-3 Successful kick for Michalak, France are on the board.

25 Thierry Dusautoir knocks on attempting to snatch up the loose ball on the deck. Cian Healy penalised, Michalak will go for goal.

23 France attempting to play out of their own half - Parra is charged down but France recover the ball. Michalak dinks a kick across to Vincent Clerc, but his grubber bounces off Keith Earls into touch.

22 Jackson's attempt falls wide to the left, France to drop out.

21 Penalty to Ireland at the breakdown, long way out for Jackson but the young Ulsterman will go for goal.

20 Irish scrum after the French lineout is not straight. Free kick to France who clear long.

18 Conor Murray drills a low kick into the French 22 - Ireland look composed and calm early on. Promising.

15 Ireland infringe and Michalak goes for his first points of the afternoon... but he doesn't get them. Decision for Parra not to be kicking is a strange one.

13 Ireland taking control here, Kearney sends an excellent kick the length of the field but Huget responds well. Foul conditions. Rory Best's lineout is not straight, scrum to France in the Irish 22.

TRY TRY, IRELAND, HEASLIP! 7-0 Great purpose from Ireland as they thunder forward at the scrum, leading to a lineout in the left corner. Another monstrous drive, and Jamie Heaslip is over! Very impressive power from the home pack, playing to the conditions. Jackson converts.

6 First scrum of the day to France. Resets, resets, resets... a free-kick to the visitors.

3 Ireland's lineout working well - Murray dabs a box kick over the top and Huget is forced to scramble. Irish lineout in the French 22.

1 Lineout to Ireland just inside the French half - high ball from Paddy Jackson is safely taken by Yoann Huget. Keith Earls struggles with the return ball and Mÿ©dard attacks, but is forced into touch.

Kick-Off Frederic Michalak gets us started following the blast of Steve Walsh's whistle - here we go!

Anthems Anthems sung, players drenched - this doesn't quite have the feel of a 60 point classic now does it? Still we live in hope.

The heavens have very much opened in Dublin - wet, windy. Miserable.

Team News Ireland make three changes, with Cian Healy, Fergus McFadden and Mike McCarthy all in the run-on side while Tom Court, Craig Gilroy and Donncha O'Callaghan miss out. Paddy Jackson stays at 10. For France, they recall Frederic Michalak while Maxime Medard is on the left wing. Florian Fritz starts at 12.

Welcome Hello and welcome to the Aviva Stadium for what should be a titanic clash between Ireland and France. Who would have predicted these two sides being in fourth and sixth respectively at this stage of the Championship but that is where we are at, with both coaches under serious pressure ahead of kick-off.

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