France outscored Italy on Friday to get their first win in the six nations with a winning score of 34-17.
The game started with allot of passion and speed from both teams as they got stuck in to the game. France had the better of the early exchanges but could not convert.
They were the first team with the points on the board as they eventually went over and led 5-0.
Great power from the Italians forced a penalty try which gave Italy the lead 7-0.
The rest of the half was a case of missed opportunities for France combined with great defence from Italy which kept them out.
France were able to knock over two penalties to take a 11-7 lead into the break.
The second half started much the same as the first with France dominating but left a few tries on the field early on.
Decision making was not great from the French, but they did kick another penalty over to take their lead to 14-7.
France did keep the scoreboard ticking with penalties in the second half and extend their lead with Italy trying to catch up. Two more tries made it to little time to catch up although they did get a consolation try with two minutes to go.
France will be happy with their first win in 8 tests, but it was far from a good enough performance to challenge any top tier team.
Tries – Mathieu Bastareaud(73′) Hugo Bonneval(60′) Paul Gabrillagues(5′)
Penalties – Maxime Machenaud(71′) Maxime Machenaud(65′) Maxime Machenaud(46′) Maxime Machenaud(40′) Maxime Machenaud(29′)
Cons –Francois Trinh-Duc(74′) Maxime Machenaud(61′)
Tries – Matteo Minozzi(79′) Maxime Mbanda(10′)
Penalties – Tommaso Allan(50′)
Cons – Carlo Canna(79′)