Italy 23 - 18 France

Match info: Six Nations at Stadio Olimpico, Rome

Date: 03/02/2013 KO: 15:00 Att: 67,529

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


TriesParisse (4) Castrogiovanni (56)ConversionsOrquera (5, 56)PenaltiesOrquera (17)Drop GoalsOrquera (14) Burton (68)



TriesPicamoles (11) Fall (33)ConversionsMichalak (33)PenaltiesMichalak (27, 49)

FT (ht: 13-15)

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  • Full-time and Italy have their win! Fall was bundled into touch and with it goes France's hopes of starting with a win. Congratulations to Italy who are celebrating here. England and Ireland must be delighted with this but not as much as these Azzurri fans.

  • GIAZZON YELLOW! France get a penalty for Giazzon handling at ruck time. They opt for the scrum with one minute remaining. Wow, what a game, what a weekend of Six Nations rugby we've had.

  • Now it's Italy who lose possession and also their composure, with a relieving penalty seeing France up to the home half. Could this be France's moment? They are within ten metres!

  • Italy pass the test and in fact counter with real intent up to the French 22! They will surely look for another drop-goal here which would arguably put the game beyond doubt.

  • Trinh-Duc is on for Huget and will take over the full-back responsibilities. France get a scrum penalty and this one is sent to within 30 metres of the home whitewash. Massive moment coming up in Rome.

  • France are throwing everything at this Italian defence but with little enterprise in their play. Where is the width and urgency though? PSA must be fuming.

  • BURTON DROP-GOAL! 23-18! Wow, Italy are five ahead courtesy of a sweetly struck drop from the replacement. 12 minutes to hold on then.

  • They don't succeed in their quest for points as they're held up in contact so France make it into the Italian half. It is suddenly all very open in Rome with Italy in possession on their own ten-metre. They will be eager not to concede any penalties here.

  • Bad news for France as they are penalised for dropping the scrum. Italy decided this is too far out for a shot at goal so instead kick up to the French 22.

  • Cittadini is on for Castrogiovanni while Bastereaud and Parra are called by France, who have knocked on on halfway. Mistakes are not what they need.

  • So with a quarter of the game remaining Italy are ahead and needing to play smart rugby. They look to grubber on halfway and that's a fantastic pick-up from Huget off his bootlaces. France will look to make the hosts pay from 60 metres here.

  • Pape hobbles off so on comes the sizeable Taofifenua.

  • ORQUERA CONVERSION! 20-18! Not for long, Italy lead.

  • CASTROGIOVANNI TRY! 18-18! Great offload from Orquera as he was going to ground and it's the try the whole of Italy was hoping for from their hero!

  • Giazzon, De Marchi and Gori are on and that prompts a lively spell. Great initial work from Machenaud sees him sprint into the 22 from halfway but loses the ball in contact, which allows Parisse and Italy to launch a promising breakout.

  • Now it's the turn of good Italian defence halting their opposition before Michalak realises nothing is on and sends a lovely kick into the corner. Italy go quickly though and are out of the woods before the chasing Frenchmen can arrive on the scene.

  • Michalak has another shot from a similar distance here after Ghiraldini was penalised for obstruction. The hooker will be delighted points weren't landed there as Debaty and Kayser are on for Forestier.

  • MICHALAK PENALTY! 13-18! The fly-half sends over an ugly looking kick from 40 metres but they all count. That penalty came following incorrect binding from the Italians at that aforementioned scrum.

  • Not this time and in fact France manage to turn over the ball and then Picamoles gets them over halfway. However, the number eight's attempted pass to Fall isn't held so it's an Italy scrum.

  • The crowd is looking to lift their side who respond with good carries 35 metres out. Now, can they breach this blue wall?


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