Ireland lose 19-13 #JWC2014
Enjoyed that first ever rugbyontv liveblog. Bit exhausted with it being int he middle of the night but will do another soon.
Referee misses a foot up and France kick out to win the game. About the only thing he missed all game.
Irish scrum 30m from their own line. Last play.
Irish again get inside the 22 but knock on 8m out
No drive. Frech linespeed is brilliant. Cleared from a turnover.
Irish lineout 7m out
another Irish penalty at the scrum pushes them to 35m out 6 mins
Equally the Irish scrum has been stunning
Not an exaggeration to say that the lineout has been the Irish achilles heel. 10 minutes left.
Cynical penalty from France, could have been a yellow. Now back to 19-13
still 18 minutes left 19-10 after French drop goal
France get over but are held up. Really nice dick over the middle.
Irish scrum dominates the French and win a penalty. Ross Byrne misses.
56 mins gone and Ireland have a scrum 24m out on the left. Both sides making changes.
Ireland play through the phases around the French 22 but eventually give away a penalty
Irish scrum somehow loses the ball
France collapse a driving maul
Irish lineout still struggling but France again give a penalty away for taking the defender out
Irish front row dominate the new French front row forcing the penalty
France roll in a new front row on 46 mins
Ireland come close to scoring only for the French to clear
Ireland win penalty at lineout
Stunning Irish scrum with both Irish props getting a nudge
Second half started with some good French offense and solid Irish defense
Will be an interesting second half. Ireland finding the most opportunities near the breakdown.
Halftime France 16 Ireland 10 #JWC2014
Ireland blitz France with superb inside attack leading to a try for Kelleher. Ross Byrne makes the conversion 16-10.
France drop goal 16-3
French get a soft penalty for taking the player out in the air
French try directly from an crooked throw at the lineout . France opt for the lineout and score just outside the far post after a phase. 13-3
Irish lineout still struggles.
Massive game of kick tennis
Give away another breakdown penalty which should have lead to an Irish lineout inside the 22 but they miss touch.
French take Irish players out and give away penalty.
Ireland have to sort out the lineout fast.
Irish forwards finding some soft shoulders and win a penalty on their 10m. Irish lineout inside the French 10 now but the lineout has been very iffy so far and again they loose it, killing their momentum.
France have had the majority of the territory in the first 20
Jinxed the Irish ruck and they give away a penalty that gives the French a lineout just outside the Irish 22.
Ireland seem to have an edge at the breakdown and France the edge in the open.
French hands are superb leading to another attacking opportunity but Ireland force knock on. After some more French offense Ireland clear.
Lots of French offloading leads to the French right wing clear to the line only for Irish full back Kelleher to stop him with an armless challenge. Penalty made 3-6 to France.
Irish attack around French 10m goes nowhere
Some great attacking play testing the Irish defense forcing two offsides by the Irish centers. Penalty good from 19m. 3-3
Soft penalty to Ireland – converted from 44m by Ross Byrne
Scrum Ireland inside French half
Strong scrum by Ireland and they clear
Close one for France, knock on – scrum 5 Ireland
Game has kicked off
Moment of silence for Ebongue Sipamio http://rugbyontv.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Screen-Shot-2014-06-02-at-1.34.39-AM-1024×524.png
Ireland coach Mike Ruddock ahead of his side’s match with France: “Our boys are in good heart. Preparation has been very good and I have high hopes for them. Our Six Nations form showed we have potential and the second half in particular against France, the game we felt if we had slotted a penalty when the score was 13-13 the result could have gone our way.”
Irish team – C Kelleher (Lansdowne/Leinster); C Gaffney (Galwegians/Leinster), G Ringrose (UCD/Leinster), D Goggin (Young Munster/Munster), I Fitzpatrick (Lansdowne/Leinster); R Byrne (UCD/Leinster), N McCarthy (UCD/Leinster); P Dooley (Lansdowne/Leinster), M Abbott (Cork Con’/ Munster), C Trenier (Terenure/Leinster), S Gardiner (Lansdowne /Leinster), R Molony (UCD/Leinster), P Timmins (UCD/Leinster), F Taggart (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), J O’Donoghue (Ul Bohs/Munster (capt)).
Replacements: D Donnellan (UCD/Leinster), D Coulson (Lansdowne/Leinster), R Burke (Cork Con/Munster), D Moloney (Cork Con/Munster), D Lee (Young Munster/Munster), R Foley (Cork Con /Munster), C McKeon (Lansdowne/Leinster), B Dardis (UCD/Leinster)
12 minutes to kickoff and the big news out of Ireland is John Plumtree is to leave the squad after the Agentina tour – Press conference video http://youtu.be/l0gYGTjhukc