Unlucky Irish pay the penalty to France

by RUGBY.com.au staff

France retained their hopes of defending their Six Nations Grand Slam title at Lansdowne Road on Sunday as they beat an unlucky Irish side 25-22 in a thrilling no-holds barred contest.

The Irish will curse themselves for ill-disciplne as the visitors landed six penalties - including five from Morgan Parra - this 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.