"These guys play at this level all the time and they don't make these mistakes. I'm not going to beat the guys up over those mistakes, because they tend to not make that many. I don't know if we played that badly in the first half. Some of the rugby we played, not just in th second half but in the first half, was very good."
Ronan O'Gara, Ireland's new record points scorer (563), tries to get through the challenge of French flanker Yannick Nyanga.
Ireland's midfield combination of Brian O'Driscoll and Gordon D'Arcy. Having scored a try in Ireland's second half revival, D'Arcy said: "I really did think we would win it. When Andrew (Trimble) went over for his try, I really thought we could do it.
"Crredit to France, they defended well on the try line but we should have sneaked over for one more."
Ireland winger Shane Horgan tries to slip through the tackle of Yannick Nyanga.
French centre David Marty dots down one of his two tries.
Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll gets some physio treament from Cameron Steele late on in Saturday's clash.
**All photos by Andrew Paton and Billy Stickland of Inpho Photography**
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