Sexton toasts another Irish victory
Johnny Sexton negotiated two bloody clashes of heads with Mathieu Bastareaud to mastermind Ireland’s stubborn 18-11 6 Nations victory over France in Dublin.
Sexton fired 15 points in Ireland's ninth consecutive victory on his return from a 12-week concussion lay-off to set up a potential Six Nations title decider with England on March 1.
Fit-again Sexton fully vindicated Ireland's decision to throw him into action after an enforced three-month absence, leaving Joe Schmidt's men and England the only unbeaten teams in the tournament after the English beat Italy 47-17 earlier in the day.
France lock Romain Taofifenua bundled in for a late try to set up a frenetic finish, but reigning champions Ireland held firm to keep their title defence on track.
Read full reports and analysis, as well as Roy Curtis's verdict on Ireland's Aviva Stadium win in this weekend's Sunday World newspaper.