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Irish Players Past And Present Couldn't Understand How France Kept Getting Away With Those Dirty Hits

Irish Players Past And Present Couldn't Understand How France Kept Getting Away With Those Dirty Hits
By Will Slattery

Playing France is not good for the health of the Irish team. After losing Paul O'Connell, Iain Henderson, Johnny Sexton and Peter O'Mahony to injury at the World Cup, today's Six Nations encounter at the Stade de France followed a similar pattern.

Yoann Maestri levelled Sexton with a cynical late hit early on in the game and a short while later Guilhem Guirado sent Dave Kearney to the sideline after a shattering hit that looked to be high. Stunningly, referee Jaco Peyper opted not to card either French player while Guirado's hit on Dave Kearney didn't even warrant the awarding of a penalty from the South African.

Those lax decisions benefited France in the end as they hung around before striking with a late Maxime Medard try to sneak a one-point win.

A load of Irish players - past and present - as well as a few journalists were fairly incredulous that Peyper allowed the French to get away with so many dirty hits.

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