France wins but not the title as Dupont and Ntamack sparkle against Ireland | sport

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No miracle in Paris, but France were almost more impressive, winning less than the 31-point margin that would have earned them the title. They were happy to let that gong head for England, as winning with authority against a more experienced team with a much more realistic directive seemed to them more of a priority than chasing an improbable dream.France claimed the bonus point victory they needed, but the eight-point victory margin was far less than required. However, the consistency of brilliance of their young half-backs, Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack, in particular, begins to impress. Add to that a resolute defense, now commanded by Shaun Edwards, his master, and France looks serious.

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