Ireland kept their Six Nations title hopes alive with a bonus point victory over a poor France side, thanks to tries from Rory Best, Jonny Sexton, Jack Conan and Keith Earls. 

The Irish looked back to their best again, after poor opening performances in their Six Nations campaign.

Captain Rory Best lead from the front as he opened the scoring early on, before Ireland crossed another three times to put France out of sight.

Ireland secured a bonus point with 24 minutes still remaining, as they dominated the French in every department of the game.

You could easily mistake this game as a practice match, as the tempo from the French was so poor they appeared to have given up on their Six Nations hopes.

France finally started playing the rugby that we know they have the potential to play late on, when they scored converted consolation tries through Yoann Huget and Camille Chat.

This of course, symbolises the ‘Jeckell and Hyde’ tag that us rugby journalists associate with the current national side.

Head coach Jacques Brunel is under increasing pressure as he is still clearly struggling to get the best out of his very talented but inconsistent French squad.

Even if they get a bonus point victory in Italy next weekend, their 2019 Six Nations campaign will still be regarded as a massive disappointment.

The French have won just one of their four games, picking up just 5 points this tournament.

Ireland on the other hand, have an outside chance of winning the Six Nations next Saturday as they must beat Wales in Cardiff and then hope that Scotland cause an upset against England at Murrayfield.

 

Written by Ben Jaycock

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