France wing Vincent Clerc scored three first-half tries to help the holders to a 26-21 win over a resilient Ireland in their Six Nations match at the Stade de France on Saturday.Clerc, left out of the original starting lineup after scoring twice against Scotland last weekend, went over in the 14th and 18th minutes, with Ronan O’Gara opening Ireland’s account with a penalty in between.
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Clerc completed his hat-trick shortly before halftime after a brisk move by Cedric Heymans put him through. Fullback Heymans burst through for one of his own in the 49th, before a spell of Irish pressure paid off with a penalty try nine minutes later.
Ireland, who trailed 19-6 at halftime, gained further ground through a David Wallace try but O’Gara missed the conversion. He made no mistake with a penalty that brought them to within five points of the hosts with five minutes to go but France held on for the win.Tweet