"It wasn't our decision", said France coach Jacques Brunel.
The boss man has seen many things in this insane game but how about an 82nd minute drop goal from 46 metres out to clinch victory from the jaws of defeat in Paris?!
"Jalibert's head also collided with Aki's hip, so that HIA call was plausible, but in neither case was the match doctor on the field or able to talk to Owens directly, a situation that will surely be investigated in the review".
The veteran handler plumped for teenage fly-half Matthieu Jalibert, a player to whom he handed a senior debut at Bordeaux-Begles less than five months ago before he was hired as France coach following the hurried sacking of Guy Noves in December. "Again, the verdict from the match doctor was HIA".
In that time, Ireland went through 41 phases. France should have been toast but Sexton had missed a crucial penalty, when his team were 12-6 ahead, and Ireland had wasted each trip into the opposition 22 [getting turned over three times].
"I was just happy to get another chance to get victory for the boys", said Sexton after his drop-goal heroics.
Ryan will earn his fifth cap at the Stade de France, partnering British and Irish Lions lock Iain Henderson. "We probably got out of jail a little bit", the 31-year-old said.
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First assignments don't come much tougher: The Irish have a rabid back row and a backline far more inventive than France's.
Belleau took France's penalty at 13-12 because scrumhalf Maxime Machenaud, who slotted over two, had limped off the pitch.
They did well in the autumn to put a lot of points on Australia, but let's not forget that Australia side played most of the game with 14 men and still managed to score tries which is a concern.
It didn't take Ireland long to get things going as early bursts from wingers Keith Earls and Jacob Stockdale took the visitors deep into French territory.
That was the highlight of a hard debut for the 19-year-old Bordeaux playmaker, who was forced to leave the pitch moments later after a large collision with the imposing frame of Ireland new boy Bundee Aki, which left both players on the deck.
Well-drilled defences from both sides made genuine try-scoring opportunities scarce and Sexton sent a drop-goal attempt wide before adding another penalty.
Schmidt's relationship with Johnny Sexton goes back eight years now.
France G Palis; T Thomas, R Lamerat, H Chavancy, V Vakatawa; M Jalibert (A Belleau 29), M Machenaud (A Dupont, 66; Machenaud 75); J Poirot (D Priso 54), G Guirado (capt, A Pelissié 73), R Slimani (C Gomes Sa 54), A Iturria (P Gabrillagues 60), S Vahaamahina, W Lauret (M Tauleigne 66), Y Camara, K Gourdon.