The Ireland women’s rugby team remain on course for their first ever Gland Slam after defeating France 15-10 in Ashbourne.
Italy now stand between them and a clean sweep, with that match scheduled for St Patrick's Day. If the Italians fail to beat England on Sunday next, then the Irish will be crowned champions.
The French took the lead when Sandrine Agricole converted a penalty after five minutes
An Irish response saw a fine move involving Lynne Cantwell, who passed to Joy Neville who found Niamh Briggs in space and the latter went over for a try.
The lead was short lived as Gaelle Mignot touched down in the corner and Agricole added the conversion to give the visitors a 10-5 half-time lead.
Tighthead prop Ailis Egan somehow managed to get the ball down amid a sea of bodies after good work from Fiona Coughlan shortly after the resumption. Briggs added the two points and the Irish were ahead again 12-10.
The home side found extra belief thereafter, with resolute defending and handling errors from Ireland keeping the margin to two points.
Briggs sealed the deal with a late penalty.