ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Friday Apr 17, 2020

A closer look at Vincent Clerc's amazing strike rate against Ireland

Some players just seem to click against certain opposition, and for former French winger Vincent Clerc between 2007 and 2011, Ireland was the team he scored most against. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Clerc had been in and out of the French squad since making his debut as a 21-year-old against South Africa in 2002. After taking part in the 2003 and 2004 Six Nations, Clerc spent the next two seasons out of the side before being recalled for 2007.

And it was there that Clerc’s try-scoring spree against Eddie O’Sullivan’s men started.

Last gasp try steals victory at Croke Park

It was meant to be a winning start to Ireland’s tenure at Croke Park, and until Clerc scuttled over at the death, it looked like it was going that way. Ronan O’Gara had just put the home side back into the lead before France re-gathered the restart and launched a final attack. Clerc broke a desperate tackle attempt from John Hayes and Dennis Hickie to snatch victory.

Michalak magic sets up route to World Cup quarters

ADVERTISEMENT

France were on the back foot in their home World Cup after bottling it on the opening night against Argentina so needed a big performance against Ireland in what was billed as the pool of death. Clerc scored two tries to all but bury the Irish and ensure France’s path to the quarter finals (which they famously won against the All Blacks in Cardiff) far easier.

A beautiful ‘banana kick’ from mercurial fly half Fred Michalak made the most of Ireland winger Andrew Trimble leaving his wing and joining the front line of defence to send Clerc in for his first.

First half hat-trick stuns Ireland in Paris

ADVERTISEMENT

If Clerc’s sensational 2007 strike rate against them wasn’t bad enough, Ireland were unquestionably fed up with the winger dubbed “Chicken” [as in the term headless chicken, coined after his running style] the following year when he bagged three tries in the first half to help secured another victory.

Another try on home soil

Clerc missed the 2009 Six Nations through injury but returned for the 2010 and 2011 tournaments. Picked for the 2011 World Cup [which would prove to be his last] Clerc again touched down in the World Cup warm-up match in Bordeaux.

Related Articles

  • 33 WEEKS AGO

    Slow motion footage of INSANE Fiji try vs...

  • 35 WEEKS AGO

    Classic Welsh tries vs All Blacks will have...

  • 36 WEEKS AGO

    Electric Reinach embarrasses 108kg number...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Henry Arundell wonder try shows he is the real deal

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Watch: Blues score two STUNNING tries against Queensland Reds

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Racing 92 know how play ‘GORGEOUS’ rugby

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Teddy Thomas rinses defence with BLISTERING pace

  • 12 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Every Ulster try scored in Europe this season..and it’s glorious!

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Concussion protocol extended to longer period on the sidelines

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Fans shocked as Saracens half back escapes red

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Fans outraged after shocking Owen Farrell moment

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Big Rugby Collision In South African Schools Match

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Sickening Shot Leaves Motionless

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Prince Edward skins opposition with Royal Goose Step

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Watch: Four legged friend causes chaos on the rugby field

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    George Kruis pulls off UNBELIVABLE trick shot conversion

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Disastrous moment butchers certain try in Top 14 clash

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Hooker scores masterful try

View All

Funnies

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Great Performance On The Pitch Followed By A Legendary One Off It

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Wallabies New Ad Outrages English Fans

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Prop Leaves Everyone For Dead With Epic Dummy

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Watch: The Internet Remains Undefeated In Champions Cup Build-Up

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: First It Was BoJo Now It's ScoMo

View All

Amateur

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: South African Schools Rugby Is On Fire

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    Watch: Epic Speech Epitomises Rugby Values

  • 12 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Epic touchline conversion from Tighthead seals the deal

  • 20 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Veteran props compared to Tadhg Furlong in new viral video

  • 87 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

View All

Player Features

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    England name strong team to face Australia

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Wales in danger of Willie Le Roux masterclass

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Luther Burrell hits out at racist jokes in rugby

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Potential England starting line up

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    England winger tests positive for Covid after arriving in Australia for summer tour

View All