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France
France
20
Tries
Dimitri Szarzewski (62), Brice Dulin (30)
Penalties
Maxime Machenaud (14,1)
Drops
none
Cons
Maxime Machenaud (63,31)

22
Ireland
Ireland

Tries
Jonathan Sexton (46,20), Andrew Trimble (25)
Penalties
Jonathan Sexton (52)
Drops
none
Cons
Jonathan Sexton (47,26)


80'
Full Time
FULL-TIME: FRANCE 20-22 IRELAND

80'
Full Time
They've done it! The fairytale finish for O'Driscoll is realised! What a win for Ireland! And it was a choke tackle, fittingly, the trademark of this team, that wins the day. Enthralling game of rugby from the world's greatest tournament. Thanks for joining us, we can't wait til next year!

80'
Taken against the head! Huge defence needed for Ireland now. A drop goal will do it...

79'
The right call is made. It's clearly forward. One minute for Ireland to hold out. First up, a scrum on their own 22.

79'
Oh my! Chouly is in at the corner! The home fans are going beserk! But the pass looked well forward and Walsh is going upstairs amid a cacophony of boos and whistles.

78'
Ireland patiently going through the phases on the French 22 as we approach the final two minutes. But they concede a penalty, France on the attack now!

76'
Big, big penalty for Ireland as France look to attack. Madigan punts safely down to the 10m line.

73'
A bit of nervy aerial ping-pong now as both sides jockey for position and possession.

70'
Oh dear, oh dear. He's missed. Ireland hugely off the hook.

70'
Penalty France from the scrum! Big kick for Doussain now who can give his side the lead!

68'
Sexton is down and looking dazed after a collision with Bastareaud. We're just checking with the TMO for anything sinister.Sexton is stretchered off with his head knock, and Madigan now has a massive twelve minutes ahead of him.

68'
France on the attack once again as a penalty brings them down towards the 22. Remember the title is hanging in the balance here in Paris.

65'
Conversion
CONVERSION, FRANCE, MACHENAUD! 20-22 We're back to a two-point game. This could go either way.

63'
Try
TRY, FRANCE, SZARZEWSKI! 18-22 There was no yellow for Healy, but France continued to hammer the visitors' defence. Steve Walsh is convinced the hooker has grounded the ball on the base of the post, though replays suggest Szarzewski knocked it on.

62'
There's trouble here for Cian Healy who flew over the top of a ruck recklessly and off his feet right on the Irish line. Clattered Picamoles who looks out of it for the moment.

61'
France pounding the Irish line...

59'
Ireland penalised for an early tackle on Fickou as France look to counter-attack again. Looking dangerous from broken field as you'd expect.

56'
Great cover tackle from Rory Best there as Medard threatened to break clear. France wind up with a 22 drop out.

53'
Penalty
PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON! 13-22 Crucial, crucial kick from Sexton, bouncing back from the two earlier misses.

51'
Sexton boots down to the 22 and gives Ireland an attacking lineout. Ireland looking to turn the screw.

49'
Conversion
CONVERSION, IRELAND, SEXTON! 13-19

48'
Try
TRY, IRELAND, SEXTON! 13-17 WOW! Brilliant, brilliant rugby from the Irish. Length of the field stuff as Trimble broke clear, and O'Driscoll was denied a fairytale try metres short. The ball is recycled and Sexton has a simple run in with the defence all over the shop.

46'
Ireland under lots of pressure in the opening few minutes, but the booming boot of Rob Kearney gets them out of trouble.

43'
Maxime Medard may have spurned a big chance in choosing to kick rather keep the ball in hand as France start the second half strongly.

40'
Kick Off
Teams are back out at Stade de France, Sexton prepares to get us back underway.

40'
Half Time
HALF-TIME: FRANCE 13-12 IRELAND

40'
French indiscipline hands Sexton a golden chance to give Ireland the lead at half-time. But, wow, the pivot misses another simple kick at goal. An exciting if scrappy opening forty here in Paris, standby for a colossal second half.

39'
Steve Walsh warns Pascal Pape that further scrum indiscretions from Thomas Domingo will result in a yellow card for the loosehead. Ireland kick downfield and throw in for the last play of the half.

37'
Ouch. Replays show Nicolas Mas has suffered a nasty hyperextension of his elbow. He's trudging off.

36'
France attacking well again, forcing their way into the away 22. Tales goes for the drop-goal, but he's well wide of the mark.

33'
Conversion
CONVERSION, FRANCE, MACHENAUD! 13-12 Fine conversion from the scrum-half, France regain the lead.

32'
Try
TRY, FRANCE, DULIN! 11-12 France come flying back again. Good kick from the pivot, a great mid-air tap inside from Huget, and Dulin grounds at the corner.

31'
It looks like France have scored from Tales' cross-kick here...we're checking with the TMO whether Dulin has dotted down

29'
Tales probes a fine penalty kick into the corner. Big defence needed from Ireland.

27'
Conversion
CONVERSION, IRELAND, SEXTON! 6-12

26'
Try
TRY, IRELAND, TRIMBLE! 6-10 And here come the Irish! Trimble goes under the posts after O'Driscoll and Murray punch massive holes in the French defence.

25'
Bad mistake from Picamoles who spills a Murray kick under no pressure. Scrum Ireland in the French half.

22'
Sexton oddly off-target with the straightforward conversion.

21'
Try
TRY, IRELAND, SEXTON! 6-5 Ireland strike first blood in Paris! Great patient build-up play eventually yielded a gap for the Leinster pivot to dart through and score.

20'
Ireland win a penalty and boot down into the French 22.

17'
France sweeping forward once more, as referee Steve Walsh sounds in pain over his microphone. France spill forward, however.

14'
PENALTY, FRANCE, MACHENAUD! 6-0 Another penalty opportunity for the scrum-half, and three more points for France.

10'
Series of scrums causing Steve Walsh problems, lots of chatting to the front rows and a stack of resets.

7'
France enjoying the early possession and impetus here. Lots of endeavour.

4'
France come roaring through midfield with Bastareuad's power bulldozing the Irish line. But his attempted pass is ballooned high and forward.

2'
Penalty
PENALTY, FRANCE, MACHENAUD! 3-0 First blood to the hosts as Chris Henry is penalised ninety seconds in.

0'
Kick Off
A bit of confusion over who is playing from which end , but the match of the tournament is off and running as Tales gets us underway!

0'
Teams out here in Paris, and the atmosphere is electric! Kick-off coming in a couple of minutes...

0'
Meanwhile, the biggest news in the rugby world is the retirement of Brian O'Driscoll. The legend bows out today in his famous 13 jersey, while Peter O'Mahony returns to the blindside flank opposite Picamoles. Kick-off is just minutes away, here, don't go away!

0'
France bring talented youngster Gael Fickou into midfield for his first start of the tournament alongside Mathieu Bastareaud. Picamoles is reinstated on the blindside flank, with Szarzewksi back at hooker.

0'
Welcome
Hello and welcome to Paris for a very special occasion, as Ireland look to secure their second Six Nations title in five years and give the most capped player of all time, Brian O'Driscoll, the perfect goodbye.


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