However, The Guardian noted that: "Unlike past year, France can be absolved from suspicion [in the Ireland match] because in both cases their medics in attendance could be heard confirming the obvious - that the players were suffering from leg injuries".
Both sides had been limited to penalties until Thomas provided the outstanding moment of quality, collecting a kick on the halfway line before bursting past Rob Kearney and outpacing three more Ireland defenders on his way over the line.
The ball seems to take an age to reach the posts, but it flies between the uprights and Ireland have secured a famous victory.
"I don't think you could have written the script. England won convincingly but were still short by five points to win the Six Nations".
However their current seven-game winning run includes a victory over champions England in last year's tournament to deny them a Grand Slam, and more recently a thumping defeat of South Africa.
Connacht's John Muldoon was full of praise for Johnny Sexton after the out-half landed a monster drop-kick to help Ireland beat France in the 6 Nations.
Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton appeared to challenge referee Nigel Owens after Dupont's departure on 75 minutes.
Replays clearly showed that France's replacement scrum-half had done damage to his knee before contact was made.
Ireland's youngest Six Nations squad could possess a precociousness to temper any pre-tournament doubts that have affected the squad in previous years. The Kiwi was widely ridiculed this time past year for complaining in the wake of Ireland's opening day defeat by Scotland at Murrayfield that the team bus had been late arriving at the stadium and implying that might have been a factor behind his team's slow start.
Maxime Machenaud kept Les Bleus in touch with a penalty in each half, but Anthony Belleau missed a chance to put them 16-12 up before Sexton gave Ireland an eighth consecutive win - and just a fourth win over France in Paris in half a century.
The France vs Ireland match is today, Saturday, February 3 at the Stade de France in Paris and starts at 4:45 pm live on BBC One.
"It's quite incredible really".
It took about 50 minutes to attain anything like the energy levels we saw in the Wales-Scotland match in Cardiff and we were briefly treated to a rendition of La Marseillaise.
"To build that amount of phases, to keep the ball - the conditions are terrible - and then the stones on Johnny at the end was incredible".
"So he can't be unsure of himself, I think he has the necessary maturity". They just go out and they play, and they play with confidence'. "It was unbelievably special". I understand the coaches and their need to plan ahead but we want to go from day to day and game to game. "Maybe people underestimate how hard it is to come here and win", said Schmidt.
"It's hard to explain how you feel when you think the game's gone away, you've let it slip and suddenly you've grabbed it back", said Schmidt.
If you ever wanted to know what "trust the process", means, just watch back the end-game.