Johnny Sexton’s monster drop-goal gave Ireland a last-gasp 15-13 win over France in Paris in the Six Nations. The fly-half landed the kick in the 83rd minute to pinch the win.
Teddy Thomas’ solo try had given France a 13-12 lead inside the last 10 minutes of Jacques Brunel’s first game as Les Bleus boss.
But Sexton, who earlier missed a regulation penalty, had the last say with a drop goal from nearly half-way. It’s arguably the finest goal ever struck.
Head-coach Joe Schmidt said the whole team deserve credit for working the opportunity but was singing Sexton’s praises,
‘He hit one against the Scarlets to draw a match nine years ago and that was a cracker. And he hit one last year against France. He just seized the moment. And that’s a credit to Johnny. He was struggling a bit with cramp at the time. But his clarity of thought and ability to win those big moments is second to none.’
It had been a tough week for Ireland with captain Rory Best touting controversy as he opted to attend the trial for rape of his Ulster team-mates Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding,
Ireland’s dramatic 15 – 13 win sent Irish rugby fans into the streets of Paris celebrating Sexton’s astonishing recovery for the team.
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