March 4, 2024

Eire produced a powerful show in Marseille as they registered a primary Six Nations win in France since 2018

Eire started life within the post-Johnny Sexton period in supreme trend, as a terrific Six Nations efficiency noticed them to a bonus-point 38-17 victory over France in Marseille. 

Scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park, lock Tadhg Beirne, wing Calvin Nash, hooker Dan Sheehan and substitute hooker Ronan Kelleher scored tries on the Stade Velodrome in opposition to a French facet who noticed lock Paul Willemse proven a crimson card through the first half for 2 yellows – each excessive tackles.

Eire fly-half Jack Crowley, 24, began nervously however grew in confidence and into the competition, kicking one penalty and 5 beautiful conversions, whereas additionally producing a beautiful strive help for Beirne in a file factors whole and successful margin for Eire in France.

Eire – Tries: Gibson-Park (16), Beirne (30), Nash (46), Sheehan (62), Kelleher (78). Cons: Crowley (18, 31, 47, 63, 79). Pens: Crowley (7).

France – Tries: Penaud (40), Gabrillagues (53). Cons: Ramos (42, 53). Pens: Ramos (27).

Damian Penaud and lock Paul Gabrillagues scored France’s tries, who continued to battle arduous and by no means appeared really out of it – Eire captain Peter O’Mahony was sin-binned within the second half with the hole seven factors – however they finally needed to swallow a house defeat.

Jack Crowley, Johnny Sexton's Ireland replacement in the No 10 jersey, pulled the strings to victory in the Stade Velodrome

Jack Crowley, Johnny Sexton’s Eire substitute within the No 10 jersey, pulled the strings to victory within the Stade Velodrome

For a lot of within the sport, France vs Eire was the Rugby World Cup remaining that by no means was again in October’s Paris showpiece, and though the hosts carved out the primary threatening assault, Eire had been far the faster to settle into their groove.

Crowley edged Eire into an early lead with a close-range penalty, and after Willemse collected his first yellow for a excessive hit to the top of Andrew Porter, the guests notched the opening strive.

Centre Bundee Aki did magnificently for it, charging ahead and releasing his palms to dump for Gibson-Park to dash in.

Ireland scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park scored the first try after great work from Bundee Aki

Eire scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park scored the primary strive after nice work from Bundee Aki

An enormous strive likelihood was spurned by Eire after Beirne charged down Antoine Dupont’s substitute Maxime Lucu to win a turnover simply after a France maul – Crowley and Aki taking part in slender when a large ball would have resulted in a sure strive down the left.

Inside moments, Crowley missed poorly off the tee for the prospect to go 13-0, with Thomas Ramos then placing on the different finish after a scrum penalty.

Maybe illustrating a measure of his mentality, Crowley disregarded a tricky jiffy to play Beirne in for Eire’s second strive by way of an exquisitely disguised short-ball.

Tadhg Beirne scored Ireland's second try after being brilliantly played in by Crowley

Tadhg Beirne scored Eire’s second strive after being brilliantly performed in by Crowley

Crowley then transformed for 17-3, with Willemse – solely just lately again on – then proven his second yellow, which was upgraded to a straight crimson following a bunker evaluation, after connecting with the top of Caelan Doris in Eire’s first carry following the restart.

France lock forward Paul Willemse was red carded for committing two yellow card offences - a very rare occurrence

France lock ahead Paul Willemse was crimson carded for committing two yellow card offences – a really uncommon prevalence

Again-to-back penalties on the ruck in opposition to Eire invited France ahead, nonetheless, and although Beirne stole a lineout, a pricey scrum penalty in opposition to the top finally resulted in Penaud diving over as French persistence in kicking to the nook was rewarded seconds earlier than the break.

Damian Penaud hit back for France with a try seconds before half-time

Damian Penaud hit again for France with a strive seconds earlier than half-time

After Ramos uncharacteristically dragged a penalty large, Eire scored via Nash after they sprung the play large and Robbie Henshaw had stepped, accelerated and offloaded brilliantly for Doris to seek out the championship debutant.

Calvin Nash scored Ireland's third try on the occasion of his Six Nations debut

Calvin Nash scored Eire’s third strive on the event of his Six Nations debut

Crowley produced a sensational conversion off the touchline for 24-10, however France had been again inside a rating seven minutes later, after an extended TMO evaluation noticed Gabrillagues awarded a try to O’Mahony sin-binned for a cynical act in trying to disclaim him.

Eire composed themselves to get again up the opposite finish, although, and after the courageous determination to kick to the nook as an alternative of for factors, Sheehan flew over the try-line from a maul for his or her fourth.

Dan Sheehan's try wrapped up the bonus-point and put Ireland on firm course for victory

Dan Sheehan’s strive wrapped up the bonus-point and put Eire on agency course for victory

There remained time for one final strive, and it was virtually similar to Sheehan’s as Kelleher managed possession behind a maul which romped over.

Fittingly, the boot of Crowley was the ultimate scoring act by way of the extras.

Farrell: A particular Irish victory | O’Mahony: I’m proud – the younger gamers a giant half

Eire head coach Andy Farrell to ITV Sport…

“Any victory right here, on a Friday evening to begin the Six Nations off is at all times going to be a tough job however I believe coming away with a bonus-point win is particular.

“I used to be happy with the efficiency as a result of we saved on taking part in for the total 80 minutes and we bought what we deserved ultimately.

“If you play in opposition to 14 males, the tendency is typically to close up store however we saved on taking part in.

“These are guys which have been in across the squad for the previous couple of years so we had little question they’re able to play.

“A few of them, their kind ensures they’re going to be in. However it’s a 23-man sport.”

Eire captain O’Mahony to ITV Sport…

“It’s arduous to sum up. It was a critical Check match.

“I’m very happy with the lads for the management of the sport. We had been cool, composed, might need been a bit frantic within the final 10 minutes all the way down to 14, however we stayed to the plan the entire time.

“We didn’t get carried away with optimistic and damaging moments and I believed it was a great begin.

“I believe a giant chunk of the efficiency was the younger fellas, Calvin Nash, Jack Crowley, large Joe [McCarthy]. Some large, large performances from guys getting a chance.”

What’s subsequent?

Eire are in motion subsequent Sunday, February 11 for the second spherical of the championship, internet hosting Italy on the Aviva Stadium in Dublin (3pm kick-off GMT).

Eire’s Six Nations 2024 fixtures

Friday, February 2 France 17-38 Eire 8pm
Sunday, February 11 Eire vs Italy 3pm
Saturday, February 24 Eire vs Wales 2.15pm
Saturday, March 9 England vs Eire 4.45pm
Saturday, March 16 Eire vs Scotland 4.45pm

France journey to face Scotland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh subsequent Saturday, February 10 (2.15pm kick-off GMT), in Spherical 2 of the Six Nations.

France’s Six Nations 2024 fixtures

Friday, February 2 France 17-38 Eire 8pm
Saturday, February 10 Scotland vs France 2.15pm
Sunday, February 25 France vs Italy 3pm
Sunday, March 10 Wales vs France 3pm
Saturday, March 16 France vs England 8pm

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