Heaslip rues the one that got away
French fightback leaves Ireland captain disappointed
France's Louis Picamoles misses a catch against Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA
Ireland had forged into a 13-3 half-time lead on the back of a powerful forward display, with Heaslip getting their try and outhalf Paddy Jackson adding the conversion and two long-range penalties.
Heaslip said: “It probably wasn’t the prettiest game to watch but I think the score reflected the game. There was not much between the teams but they came back strong in the last 20 minutes. It was a very tough game.
“Picamoles took his chance well at the end and did well despite our best efforts and we took our opportunities when they came.”
Heaslip also refused to criticise the decision not to award Ireland a potential match-winning penalty late on.
Referee Steve Walsh referred the decision to the video official, but no penalty was given.
Heaslip said: “From what I saw, Keith got bumped a bit but they went upstairs, the video referee called it as he did and you have to get on with it.”