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The Sexton and Trimble tries that have given Ireland hope in France

The out-half put Joe Schmidt’s men on the board before the Ulster winger ghosted over by the posts.

JONNY SEXTON DIVED over for a 21st minute try at Stade de France to reduce the host’s early lead. France led 6-0 in the Six Nations decider in Paris but Sexton finished off an Irish move after a superb Chris Henry flicked pass.

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Brian O’Driscoll, playing in his final Ireland match, made a superb break five minutes later. Conor Murray sniped from the ruck and fed Andrew Trimble to put the visitors ahead.


France struck back through Brice Dulin after he pounced on a knock-down from winger Yoann Huget. Ireland trail 13-12 heading into half-time.

Sexton’s place-kicking game may be off-colour but he added his second try of the game. Dimitri Szarzewski scored with 18 minutes to go to make for a tense end but Ireland held on to win 22-20.


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