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I think it's safe to say James Ryan justified his selection. For me he was one of the stand-out performers in what was a slightly disappointing Irish performance. Having said that, wins in Paris are as rare as hen's teeth, so I'll take that and move on. At least we know what areas we need to work on if we are to win the 6N.

Once again, the French have been caught cheating after last year's farce in Paris where they took off their second choice tight head, Uini Atonio, allegedly "injured" so they could have their first choice back on the pitch for the vital end game.

That match ended up lasting 30 minutes longer than it should have while Wayne Barnes sought clarification as to what was going on. This time there ought to be severe sanctions against the French Federation and the match "doctor" who turned a knee into a head injury so that the French could bring their first choice scrum half back on again.

But of course we all know, nothing will happen.

I'm so glad Ireland won anyway. Having lost out to France for the Rugby World Cup, to the cheating Thierry Henry goal, and for the European Banking Authority - which is going to Paris rather than Dublin on the toss of a coin - it would have been too much to lose this match and a shot at the 6N as well!

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 04:32:43 PM EST
Ah come on Frank, so the French are dirty cheaters, boo hoo :). But if we're obliged to fall back on national stereotypes, that last-minute drop goal was... the luck of the Irish. Wonderful, but entirely undeserved. It was always clear to me that the first team to score a try would win the match... Spectacular defense by both teams, who will be very hard to beat in the remaining games.

I'm overjoyed to have a competitive French team, it's been a while! Yeah the 19 year old was too green... other than that, great selection. I'm not going to complain about them giving away too many penalties, because, you know... they're French.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Feb 8th, 2018 at 09:35:31 AM EST
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B/S! Ireland had 70% of possession and territory and it was only because the ref didn't penalise France for slowing down their ruck ball illegally that they didn't score tries. Fair dues to France for scoring a very good try against the run of play when Ireland got nervous towards the end, but there are very few teams that could keep possession for 42 phases and then score a 45 Metre drop goal at the end. No luck involved. Just a lot of hard work and sheer class!

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Feb 8th, 2018 at 01:30:24 PM EST
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