A selection of the “keyboard warrior” reactions after the full-time whistle of our featured matches of the weekend.
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Johnny has made a big difference being back in the team. Think it might have been different if he was not playing. But I must say, well played Ireland, looking forward to our encounter.
John Neave (England fan)
— Richard Mifsud (@Richmif) February 25, 2017
First quarter wasn't very good. Really improved after that. Even at half-time, that obvious French togetherness was making me nervous. It was never easy, but in the end we were well worth the win.
Theme of Ireland dominating possession remained consistent today: 171 carries vs. France's 106.— The Chase (@thechasesport) February 25, 2017
Great to get the win. Could clearly see the tactics changed in the 2nd half from "get the bonus point win" to "get any kind of win" but got there in the end
— Skinny Doll (@theskinnydoll) February 25, 2017
It was a gritty hard fought win but we NEED something else against Wales. The performance definitely isn't enough currently to beat England neither. The English game is too quick, strong & wide playing in comparison to ours. I trust Joe as ever to have a plan to upscale successively in the next 2 games though 🤔😎😉🤔
— Louise Bermingham (@louiseber) February 25, 2017
Tough game. The first quarter reminiscent of the Scotland game, except all we gave away were penalties. Want ever going to be easy, and we grew into it. was good to get the win, a pity to leave chances behind.
Typically draining arm wrestle with French. Ireland dug deep and boxed clever as weather worsened.. Murray immense and Sexton back in style!— Gerry Thornley (@gerrythornley) February 25, 2017
Sexton by far and away MOTM. Hope he turns up on April 1st like that. Jamie Heaslip was outstanding! Zebo worst man in the 23 again.
Baz C. Ryan
— Fromtheruck (@Fromtheruck) February 25, 2017
It was a tough match to win.thought Johnny had a good game & controlled it well from an Irish perspective. Won't quibble with Murray getting MOTM.
Conor Murray has Lions starting 9 stamped all over him. #LionsWatch— The Loose Head 🏉 (@TheLooseH) February 25, 2017
Plenty still to work on but that was a decent performance. Anyone who thought Sexton shouldn't be first choice out half was way off the mark. He was outstanding. Murray showed yet again why he is the best No. 9 in the world right now. Turned over too many balls at the breakdown in the first half but dealt with that in the second. France never looked like scoring a try at any point. We really should have had a couple more. All in all I'm happy with that result. Bring on the Welsh! :)
— Kate McEvoy (@ImKateMc) February 25, 2017
A workman-like display from Ireland. We tired the French pack out and the plan to do so worked. As Clive Woodward said, "victory extinguishes all arguments."
Hard fought win! #IREvFRA ☘️🎉🥂— Cara O'Shea (@Cazoshea) February 25, 2017
Mixed bag. We're creating chances, and our defense did the job. But leaving too many chances behind us.
Fine win for Ireland. 6N remains alive.
And, importantly in RWC2019 draw time, Irl avoid loss that would have pushed them out of WR top 4.— Andy McGeady (@andymcgeady) February 25, 2017
Could have been worse.....but could have been better!! What's with Heaslip not passing the ball and Murray kicking it to nobody!!!! Cool heads needed for Wales and especially England.
— Gerry in Laois (@unlaoised) February 25, 2017
A grind but job done sexton and Murray played well today can't knock this level of a win against the French
Well done #Ireland. Tough, attritional battle but a good test and we're still in the hunt.— Kevin Kennedy (@DublinKev) February 25, 2017
Could have been 40 - 9 had we taken our chances. By miles the better team but didn't make it count. Need to be far more clinical
The beauty about having a home game is that you can stick a wash on before the game and it's done by the time you get home #SixNations— rob&dave kearney (@boringkearney) February 25, 2017
McGrath is starting to look a bit tired, good job Healy is coming into form. Can't help but think Sweetnam or Byrne would add something to the team.
Apparently that was the biggest winning margin Ireland have inflicted on France in a 6N match since 1975— gavin mortimer (@gavinmortimer7) February 25, 2017
A tough game but the Irish team had the smarts to change tactics when needed, withstand the inevitable onslaught and pull away at a crucial time to take a two score lead.
Hard luck @RugbyFra hope you enjoyed the atmosphere🤝— #rugbyireland (@RugbyIre) February 25, 2017
Think Ireland should of kicked 6 points in 1st half rather than looking for bonus pt 2 early. Gr8 win all the same
What a game. 81 mins and we where still trying to score like closing time at coppers. What a team!— Keego (@nkeegan) February 25, 2017
Conditions were awful, too many penalties conceded but a win is a win. Learn from it and move on, two tough games left
France asked us questions, the conditions asked us more, we found enough answers. Murray superb. Happy overall, on to Cardiff. #IREvFRA— Harpin' On Rugby (@HarpinOnRugby) February 25, 2017
Many thanks to all who offered opinions.
Look out Monday for our match writeup JLP