This is the first major test of the French effort to win the 2021 Six Nations Tournament. The young team led by Fabian Galtic did not fail. In Dublin, against a brilliant Ireland, the “Les Blues” showed the quality of attack and the discipline to defend, ensuring a 15-13 victory.
After Wales surprised Scotland and England beat Italy without problems, France’s trip to Dublin was a “final” match for the Irish, losing on the first day and the Gaelic selection was a renewed challenge.
What was seen at the Aviva Stadium was a Frenchman who knew how to suffer when Ireland attacked and was effective in the attack, and the formation of Antoine DuPont again played an important role.
In the first half, the Irish had more possession of the ball and local dominance, but always rehearsed and learned how to take advantage of the opportunities of the “XV de France” attack, which showed a lot of personality. First 40 minutes, Charles Olivone.
With a seven-point lead (10-3), France started well in the second half, recovering well with a superb rehearsal by Damien Penard (15-3).
However, the Irish responded immediately with a rehearsal: at 58, Ronan Keller took advantage of a comeback after a line – up to give the finishing touch. Soon after, a Rose Byrne penalty was converted by two points (13-15).
With about 15 minutes left in the game, the French victory was in jeopardy, but Galti’s “XV” always knew how to keep the Irish out of their 22m, which ensured victory and the event’s isolated leadership.