After what has been an excellent tournament for the Irish team, they were unfortunate to lose to France in this game, the 5th and 6th play-offs.
Ireland kicked off well in the first half with a try in the 4th minute from Martin McPhail. With another try in the 16th minute from captain Matthew McCullough and a conversion by Eoghan Hickey, Ireland lead well in the first half. Another try in the 22nd minute from Martin McPhail which was again converted by Eoghan Hickey ensured that Ireland dominate.
France failed to score until Vincent Clerc scored a try in the 32nd minute, which was converted by David Bortolusi.
Ireland continuted to dominate in the first half with another try and conversion with 12 minutes to go from Eoghan Hickey.
France emerged after half-time refreshed and fighting and scored a total of five tries to see them to victory.
A penalty in the 79th minute from Ireland's Eoghan Hickey was not enough to reduce the margin between the French and the Irish.
France go home in 5th position and Ireland must settle for 6th. Overall it was an excellent performance from the Irish squad. Well done to all involved.