Ireland’s hopes of winning another RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam in 2010 were resoundingly put away by a France team who stamped their credentials for the accolade by beating them 33-10 in Paris this evening.
While the scorelines were locked for twenty minutes, an Irish sin binning saw France take the ascendency which they would prove never to relinquish.
If Ireland were to get anything from the match, their good pressure at the end of the first half needed to end in seven points. As it was, France’s blitz defence was resolute and the Irish move ended with the half, with a knock-on from a green hand. The score was 17-3.
Ireland came out fighting, but with showed little to suggest they would get round the French defence, as the hosts added one try, a conversion, two drop goals and a penalty to Ireland’s one converted try in the second half – the Irish try had more than a hint of a forward pass in the buildup, and the french had hit the cruise control button on the hour mark.
Apart from losing 5 or 6 lineouts on their own throw, France were magnificent today and, on this evidence, must be favourites to take England, Wales and Italy and lift this tournament, and the Grand Slam.