Italy v France

Date:

Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome

Referee: JP Doyle (RFU)

Attendance: 63,000

Italy v France Match Reports

France scored 29 unanswered points as they beat Italy in Rome and retained the Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy. An error-strewn first half saw France go into the break with a 9-0 lead over their hosts. France then dominated the second half with a powerful forward display, scoring two tries through lock Yoann Maestri and replacement centre Mathieu Bastareaud. The resounding win keeps alive France's slim hopes of winning the championship. A selection of match reports is listed below:

Italy v France Match Highlights

Italy v France Match Statistics

Italy 0 (0)

France 29 (9)
Tries: Maestri, Bastareaud
Conversions: Plisson (2)
Penalties: Lopez (2), Spedding, Plisson (2)

Man of the Match: Thierry Dusautoir (France)

Italy Team Line-up

Forwards

  • 1 Matias Aguero
  • 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini
  • 3 Dario Chistolini
  • 4 George Biagi
  • 5 Joshua Furno
  • 6 Francesco Minto
  • 7 Samuela Vunisa
  • 8 Sergio Parisse (Captain)

Backs

  • 9 Edoardo Gori
  • 10 Tommaso Allan
  • 11 Giovanbattista Venditti
  • 12 Andrea Masi
  • 13 Luca Morisi
  • 14 Leonardo Sarto
  • 15 Luke McLean

Replacements

  • 16 Andrea Manici
  • 17 Alberto De Marchi
  • 18 Lorenzo Cittadini
  • 19 Quintin Geldenhuys
  • 20 Marco Barbini
  • 21 Guglielmo Palazzani
  • 22 Luciano Orquera
  • 23 Enrico Bacchin

France Team Line-up

Forwards

  • 1 Eddy Ben Arous
  • 2 Guilhem Guirado
  • 3 Nicolas Mas
  • 4 Alexandre Flanquart
  • 5 Yoann Maestri
  • 6 Thierry Dusautoir (Captain)
  • 7 Bernard Le Roux
  • 8 Loann Goujon

Backs

  • 9 Sebastien Tillous-Borde
  • 10 Camille Lopez
  • 11 Noa Nakaitaci
  • 12 Maxime Mermoz
  • 13 Gael Fickou
  • 14 Yoann Huget
  • 15 Scott Spedding

Replacements

  • 16 Benjamin Kayser
  • 17 Rabath Slimani
  • 18 Vincent Debaty
  • 19 Romain Taofifenua
  • 20 Damien Chouly
  • 21 Rory Kockott
  • 22 Jules Plisson
  • 23 Mathieu Bastareaud
 
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