France recorded their second straight win of the RBS Six Nations with a 10-9 triumph against defending champions Ireland in Paris. The hosts backed up their unconvincing performance against Italy last weekend with another tight win against Joe Schmidt's team in the Stade de France.
In a dour game played in poor conditions, the French triumphed courtesy of a converted try late in the second half after a period of sustained pressure in the Irish 22-yard line. Jules Plisson notched the winning kick with 10 minutes remaining after a try was scored by the skilful Toulouse full-back Maxime Medard.
Ireland had led for a large period of the game thanks to Jonny Sexton, who scored three penalties. But the French dominated the match after the break and deserved their try after camping themselves in the Irish half.
France held on to their lead for the final 10 minutes to give Guy Novès a much-needed win and to blow the 2016 tournament wide open. Meanwhile, Ireland – who appeared to suffer a number of serious-looking injuries in Paris – will look to return to winning ways in their next fixture against England on 27 February.