The Irish went behind early in the first half and again just before the break, but just as they'd done against Argentina, this side dug deep and again just as against the Pumitas, they had this victory and their place in the semi secured well before the final whistle sounded. In fact the final scoreline flattered the French because their final score came when the game was virtually over.
Ireland went 7-0 down before Gareth Steenson opened their account with a penalty and his conversion of Thomas O'Leary's try gave the Irish a lead they fully deserved.
A simple error allowed the French take a four point lead (14-10) into the break, but Ireland came out for the second half in determined mode and scored 17 points without reply before the French registered their only score of the game when the outcome was beyond doubt.
Afterwards a delighted team manager lavished praise on his side," They were simply magnificent. It was a truly memorable performance.
"Once again the boys showed tremendous courage and character. They conceded an early try which was down to a simple error but they came back from that and did so again when they gave up the lead just before the break. They didn't panic and the pack in particular were really superb in the second half."
Ireland have qualified for the semi-final but must wait on the outcome of the Australia v Argentina game before they know who they'll face at that stage.
Haslett, the rest of the management and the squad will now sit down and re-set their targets. "At the outset, our target was to win our three Pool games. We've achieved that and now it's a question of sitting down to re-set our targets. It's a great position to be in.