2007 Rugby World Cup: France 25 - 3 Ireland

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Friday, September 21, 2007

September 21, 2007
21:00 (UTC+2)
France Flag of France.svg 25 – 3 Flag of Ireland rugby.svg Ireland Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Referee: Chris White Flag of England.svg
Try: V Clerc (2) 59', 69'
Pen: J-B Élissalde (5) 7', 18', 22', 40+', 55'
Drop: R O'Gara 37'

France have defeated Ireland 25-3 in Pool D of the 2007 Rugby World Cup at the Stade de France, Saint-Denis.

Jean-Baptiste Élissalde kicked three penalties to give France a nine point lead. Ronan O'Gara scored Ireland's only points of the match with a drop goal in the 37th minute. However Élissalde scored another penalty on the stroke of half time to bring the lead to 12-3.

Ireland looked unlikely to reduce the lead, and France wrapped up the victory with another penalty from Élissalde and two Vincent Clerc tries.

France lead Pool D with ten points, while Ireland are third on points difference behind Argentina, both with nine points. Georgia and Namibia complete Pool D with one point and no points respectively. Ireland must convincingly beat Argentina on September 30 to have a chance of qualifying for the quarter finals.

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