14 Feb 2011

France beat Ireland in Six Nations

9:56 am on 14 February 2011

France have retained their hopes of defending their Six Nations Grand Slam rugby title as they beat an Irish side 25-22 in a thrilling match in Dublin.

The Irish will curse themselves for ill-disciplne as the visitors landed six penalties - including five from Morgan Parra - this morning as the hosts outscored the French three tries to one.

The hosts' tries came from Fergus McFadden, with his first try for his country, Tomas O'Leary, who had been unable to train all week because of an injury worry, and Jamie Heaslip, who was returning from injury.

Maxime Medard got France's sole try, his second in successive tests.

Yesterday England beat Italy and Wales beat Scotland.