Date Time Competition Season
12 February 2022 4:45 pm Six Nations 2021/22

Match Report

France take win, despite Ireland comeback

France survived a second half comeback to defeat Ireland 30-24 at the Stade de France.

Tries from Antoine Dupont and Cyril Baille as well as 20 points from the boot of Melvyn Jaminet secured a vital win for 'Les Bleus' in their quest for the 2022 Six Nations.

France got off to an emphatic start after just 70 seconds on the clock. Romain Ntamack found space inside Ireland’s 22 metre line before offloading to his half back partner and World Player of the Year Antoine Dupont who crossed for the games’ first try.

Melvyn Jaminet followed up with the conversion and a penalty minutes later to give the hosts a 10-0 advantage after just seven minutes played.

Ireland did get back into the game directly from the re start when Joey Carbery’s kick was claimed by Mack Hansen who rose above Jaminet in the air before crossing in the corner for an outstanding try.

Munster’s Joey Carbery added the extra two points from the tee to reduce the deficit.

France increased their advantage just after the quarter of an hour mark through another Melvyn Jaminet penalty.

Les Bleus’ physicality caused Ireland some trouble that they haven’t experienced in recent games and the hosts dominated the scrums during the first half.

Two further penalties from Melvyn Jaminet gave France a 19-7 lead at the interval.

Ireland came out at a ferocious pace for the second period but it was Melvyn Jaminet who found the first points of the half with a well struck penalty to increase the hosts advantage to 15 points.

Andy Farrell’s side had their efforts were rewarded after five minutes into the half. Ireland opted for a maul on the French five metre line which saw Josh Van Der Flier peel off the front of the maul and over the try line to score his side’s second try of the game.

Joey Carbery followed up with an excellent conversion from an acute angle to add the extra points.

The boys in green found their third try of the game courtesy of some quick thinking from Jamison Gibson-Park. The scrum half picked the ball of the back of a ruck inside the French 22 before racing under the posts to take the difference to just one point.

France’s replacements after the 50-minute mark took them to another level but it was starting loose head prop Cyril Baille who crossed the line next for the home side. A well worked lineout routine and some powerful ball carrying by the French forwards resulted in Baille diving over to stretch France’s lead.

Ireland was awarded a penalty just outside the French 22 with just under seven minutes remaining. The visitors opted to kick for the posts and Carbery brought France’s lead back to just three points.

Fabien Galthie’s side looked to have sealed the win when full back Melvyn Jaminet dived over the line but a brilliant Dan Sheehan tackle and some amazing strength from the Leinster hooker saw Ireland hold the ball up and survive another French try.

The referee brought the play back to a previous penalty for France in which the reliable Jaminet secured the win for the hosts.


15Melvyn Jaminet 3'
7', 17', 36', 40', 44', 79'
14Damian Penaud Centre
13Gael Fickou Centre
12Yoram Moefana
11Gabin Villiere Winger
10Romain Ntamack Fly-Half
9Antoine Dupont 22 Scrum-Half 2'
1Cyril Baille 17 Prop 54'
2Julien Marchand 16 Hooker
3Uini Atonio 18 Prop
4Cameron Woki 20 Forward
5Paul Willemse 19 Lock
6François Cros
7Anthony Jelonch Flanker
8Gregory Alldritt No. 8
16Peato Mauvaka 2
17Jean-Baptiste Gros 1 Prop
18Demba Bamba 3
19Romain Taofifenua 5 Lock
20Thibaud Flament 4
21Dylan Cretin Flanker
22Maxime Lucu 9
23Thomas Ramos


15Hugo Keenan Full-Back
14Andrew Conway Winger
13Garry Ringrose Centre
12Bundee Aki 23 Centre
11Mack Hansen Fly-Half 8'
10Joey Carbery Fly-Half 9', 46', 50'
9Jamison Gibson-Park 21 Scrum-Half 49'
1Andrew Porter 17 Prop
2Ronan Kelleher 16 Hooker
3Tadhg Furlong 18 Prop
4Tadhg Beirne Lock
5James Ryan Lock
6Caelan Doris Flanker
7Josh Van Der Flier Flanker 45'
8Jack Conan 20 No. 8
16Dan Sheehan 2 Hooker
17Cian Healy 1 Prop
18Finlay Bealham 3 Prop
19Iain Henderson 20 Lock
20Peter O’Mahony 19 Flanker
21Conor Murray 9 Scrum-Half
22Jack Carty Fly-Half
23Robbie Henshaw 12 Centre

Past Meetings

(Round 2)
16 - 17
U20 Six Nations
Stade de France

France v Ireland

(Week 2)
13 - 15
Six Nations
Aviva Stadium

Ireland v France


Stade de France
Rue Henri Delaunay, Saint-Denis, Ile-de-France, Paris, France

Luke is a final year Journalism student in DCU. He is a Sports Reporter for Wicklow People Sport and