An impressive Irish first half performance built the platform for a bonus point 26-14 win over a disappointing French team.

Ireland made a quick start, scoring after just three minutes, with captain Rory Best powering over from close range from a five-metre driving maul.

Ireland were made to work hard with some committed French defence, but eventually the sustained pressure began to count.

A lovely wrap around move by Johnny Sexton and Gary Ringrose presented a huge gap for Sexton to race through and score.

He converted his own to score to make it 14-0 after 30 minutes.

Early replacement Jack Conan was soon over for Ireland again, as they dominated territory and possession.

Sexton missed the conversion and the score remained 19-0 at half time.

France started the second half better but struggled making their possession count and opportunities count.

A lovely line-out move put Keith Earls through a huge gap for him to race away and score the first points of the second half and the bonus point for Ireland.

After a flurry of replacements, the game petered out somewhat, until Grégory Alldrit made a break through the middle before releasing Yoann Huget to score under the posts with only a few minutes remaining.

France scored again only a couple minutes after through a marauding driving maul, where it was deemed Camile Chat managed to ground the ball down.

It proved nothing more than two consolation scores as Ireland thoroughly deserved their bonus point victory and will now turn their attention to a monumental challenge at the Principality Stadium next week.

Here is how we rated the Irish players: