Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Last-gasp Sexton drop-goal stuns France

Last-gasp Sexton drop-goal stuns France

He hit one past year against England which was a cracking drop goal as well, or it might have been France actually, so he has got a few but not many.

Johnny Sexton's remarkable drop goal after time helped his side to victory.

Dupont went down clutching his right knee, leading referee Nigel Owens to stop the game.

France was penalized for offside early on and Sexton coolly slotted home the penalty as Ireland got off to a lively start.

Fly-half Matthieu Jalibert and scrum-half Antoine Dupont both appeared to limp off with leg injuries but the pair were registered as requiring a HIA.

Brunel, who took over from Guy Noves after a poor November series, banked on Jalibert to instill some life into the French team, but the 19-year-old limped off the field after half an hour.

Six Nations rugby officials plan to investigate the use of head injury assessment protocols to see if France benefited during their tournament-opening loss to Ireland.

If selected, Beauxis may take the kicking duties from scrumhalf Maxime Machenaud, who struck two penalties for France against Ireland.

The Irish Rugby team return to training at Carton House today as the focus switches to the weekend's game against Italy.

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Thankfully for Aubameyang , he wouldn't have to wait much longer to get his goal. Manchester City are leading the points table while Manchester United are second.

"It's unusual to think I have never done a Calcutta Cup game before - when I do Ireland v France that will be my 80th Test match and the Calcutta Cup will be my 81st". The Azzurri open their 2018 Six Nations account by hosting defending champions England in Rome's Stadio Olimpico.

"They're (Aki &Stockdale) really exited about getting that opportunity and I don't think there's a better place to be than in-between Johnny Sexton and Robbie Henshaw, if you're making a debut in the Six Nations".

But Sexton redeemed himself in flawless fashion with the last gasp victor.

But Stander added: "We try to do that with all the fly-halves we play against!"

"We've chosen him there because he has a bit more assurance, a bit more experience at worldwide level than Marco Tauleigne", Brunel said, adding that he will use Tauleigne's "power" during the course of the match. He ran off celebrating and we all went along.

Match-winner Sexton said: "I'm just happy I got another chance".

O'Driscoll tweeted: "Just because we won with an INCREDIBLE 42 METER drop goal that HIA decision shouldn't get swept under the carpet".

If you ever wanted to know what "trust the process", means, just watch back the end-game.

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