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Ireland 26 France 14 as it happened: Bonus point win over dreadful France sets up mouthwatering trip to Cardiff

Rory Best, Johnny Sexton, Jack Conan and Keith Earls all crossed for Joe Schmidt’s side.

Ireland's Jonny Sexton (obscured) celebrates with team-mates after scoring a try during the Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo credit: Lorraine O'Sullivan/PA Wire.
Ireland's Jonny Sexton (obscured) celebrates with team-mates after scoring a try during the Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo credit: Lorraine O'Sullivan/PA Wire.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar attends the Six Nations rugby union international match between Ireland and France at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland Sunday, March 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
France Coach Jacques Brunel pictured at the Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 10, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lorraine O'Sullivan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission
Ireland's Rory Best scores a try during the Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 10, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lorraine O'Sullivan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission
Ireland's Rory Best scores a try during the Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 10, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lorraine O'Sullivan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission
France fans pictured at the Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 10, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lorraine O'Sullivan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission
Ireland's CJ Stander and France's Romain Ntamack during the Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 10, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lorraine O'Sullivan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission
Ireland's Garry Ringrose and France's Demba Bamba (right) during the Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 10, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lorraine O'Sullivan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission
Ireland's Jonny Sexton scores a try during the Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 10, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lorraine O'Sullivan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission
Ireland's Jonny Sexton scores a try during the Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 10, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lorraine O'Sullivan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission
Ireland's Jonny Sexton scores a try during the Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 10, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lorraine O'Sullivan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission
Ireland's Garry Ringrose and France's Mathieu Bastareaud (right) during the Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 10, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lorraine O'Sullivan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission

Ireland rediscovered their 2018 mojo to thump France 26-14 and sustain their slender Guinness Six Nations title hopes.

Captain Rory Best, talisman fly-half Johnny Sexton, Jack Conan and Keith Earls all crossed as Joe Schmidt’s men hit back to form, with Yoann Huget and Camille Chat claiming late consolations for the disorganised French.

Ireland’s bonus-point win means victory against Grand Slam-chasing Wales in Cardiff on Saturday could yet sweep the title, though that would also require an England slip-up against Scotland at Twickenham.

Irish Independent

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