Ireland had their second consecutive 2021 Guinness Six Nations defeat yesterday as they fell to the French, 15-13 in the Aviva Stadium.
Tries from Charles Ollivon and Damian Penaud put the French 15-3 clear middway through the second half before a Ronan Kelleher try sparked an Irish revival.
However, Ross Byrne’s penalty was the final score on the day as Ireland’s hopes of a championship appear to be gone after only two rounds.
Reflecting on the loss, Irish Head Coach Andy Farrell, was pleased with the effort but disappointed in the result.
“Mixed emotions. One of being really proud in how they have handled themselves this week regarding the controversy and unbelievably proud of their efforts, putting their body on the line for their country. But at the same time, Test matches are there to be won.
“It’s one that slipped away from us.”
Captaining the side on the day, Iain Henderson echoed the sentiments of his manager in his post match interview.
“We are not taking the opportunities that are presenting themselves for us. We were in good positions for a lot of the game, more so than France, but they took their opportunities.”