Ireland kept their Six Nations hopes alive after they France 26-14 at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.
France looked unsteady from the get go and Ireland capitalized as George Best, Jonathan Sexton and Jack Conan went over the line in the first half to stamp their authority with Sexton slotting two of the conversions.
Keith Earls then went over 16 minutes after halftime and Sexton added the extras to make it 26-0 after 60 minutes.
A late surge from France would not be enough as they scored two tries in three minutes through Yohan Huget and Camille Chat with Baptiste Serin adding the extras but all it did was make the score a bit more flattening with the French well and truly outclassed.
The win means that Ireland will have all to play for in their final fixture against Wales at the Principality Stadium on Saturday. A win would see the Irish overtake Wales regardless of bonus points but their fate will then lie with England who face Scotland in the last match of the tournament.
The tournament has shown thus far that there is little to seperate the likes of England, Wales and Ireland as well as shown that Scotland on their day can be a surprise package.
With just six months remaining until the Rugby World Cup in Japan, it will be interesting to see how much the Six Nations performances reflect the chances each team has to try and lift the Web Ellis Trophy.