Feb 3, 2018 at 4.45pm UK
France
13-15
Ireland
Thomas (71')
FT

Result: Johnny Sexton seals late win for Ireland in Paris

Johnny Sexton scores a long-range drop goal with the last kick of the game to hand Ireland a 15-13 win over France in their Six Nations opener in Paris.

Ireland have got their Six Nations campaign off to a winning start courtesy of a dramatic 15-13 victory over France in Paris this evening.

Teddy Thomas's 71st-minute try looked like it would be enough to hand France the win in front of their own fans, but a stunning long-range drop goal from Johnny Sexton in the 83rd minute ensured that Ireland came away from the Stade de France with an opening victory.

The match was France's first under head coach Jacques Brunel, but the hosts struggled to produce much of their mercurial flair throughout the match and trailed 12-6 heading into the final 10 minutes.

Both sides had been limited to penalties until Thomas provided the outstanding moment of quality, collecting a kick on the halfway line before bursting past Rob Kearney and outpacing three more Ireland defenders on his way over the line.

However, it would not prove to be the decisive moment of the contest as Sexton kept his nerve with the last kick of the game, dropping into the pocket on Ireland's 40th phase before slotting his kick over from just inside the France half.

France must now attempt to bounce back when they visit Scotland next weekend, while Ireland take on Italy as they look to complete the second leg of a potential Grand Slam.

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Jonny Sexton kicks during the Six Nations game between Ireland and Wales on February 7, 2016
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