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Six Nations Victory For Ireland

07 February, 2018, 01:17 | Author: Carla Brady
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Lovelace added: "Scotland won't be surprising anyone this season, because their Six Nations rivals will not be taking them lightly after some impressive results from this young exciting side previous year". "But the independent doctor decided on the HIA". I think protecting the players has been ramped up since we were involved two years ago.

That was the highlight of a hard debut for the 19-year-old Bordeaux playmaker, who was forced to leave the pitch moments later after a large collision with the imposing frame of Ireland new boy Bundee Aki, which left both players on the deck.

While it was painfully obvious that Dupont had sustained a leg injury, the HIA ruling was never going to be overruled given the potential risks head injuries pose in the game.

Belleau's conversion edged France in front but, still, Ireland were not finished as Sexton's educated right boot ensured they emerged victorious.

Sexton had spent much of the second half protesting about France's supposed "HIA" injuries, with Nigel Owens doing his best to placate the Irish players when they cried foul play following a knee-to-knee challenge.

Antonie Dupont, pictured playing the All Blacks, was replaced under head injury assessment protocols despite suffering a knee injury against Ireland.




The 19-year-old Jalibert will make his global debut on Saturday at the Stade de France, barely three months since starting his first Top 14 match with Bordeaux-Begles.

Ireland had been in control in Paris thanks to four Sexton penalties until Teddy Thomas found a rare gap in the green defensive wall, jinking past Conor Murray before streaking away to score from 60 metres out.

He noted 19-year-old Jalibert's debut was cut short earlier "when he, too, hurt a knee in collision with Bundee Aki's".

With so many new faces and little preparation time, France could arguably claim a moral victory against the tournament favourites.

But Ireland, whose kicking game caused no end of problems to les Bleus, rarely threatened the try-line despite 68% territory and possession. Yet they were heading for defeat until Sexton's late late show. "It's the sign of a real champion to step up and go again (after his penalty miss) and that's what he is".

Replacement scrumhalf Antoine Dupont was also injured. Keith Earls will win his 64th cap on the wing while flanker Josh van der Flier fills the considerable vacuum left by the injured British and Irish Lions star Sean O'Brien.

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