LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

Six Nations

Thumb_france-ed France

30

Thumb_italy-ed Italy

10
Kick-off local time : Sun, 09 February 2014 - 16h00
Kick-off : Sun, 09 February 2014 - 17h00
Venue : Stade de France
Referee : Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Match status : Result
  France Italy
Tries Louis Picamoles (42min), Wesley Fofana (45min), and Hugo Bonneval (52min)
Penalties Tommaso Allan (29min)
Conversions Luciano Orquera (78min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards Rabah Slimani (70min) Michele Rizzo (70min)
DGs
Commentary
Minute Commentary

81

Thanks for joining us. The Six Nations breaks for a week but we'll be providing live coverage of the opening round of Super Rugby next weekend. Until then, cheers!

80

The teams are back to 14 apiece as a final Italy knock-on brings an end to the game. FULL-TIME in Paris, France win 30-10!

78

Italy finally get their TRY, Iannone stepping inside a defender and ducking under another for his first Test try. Orquera kicks the CONVERSION!

75

Le Roux cops a knee to the head as he makes a tackle and stays down. He's helped to his feet and helped off the pitch for possible concussion.

73

Italy remain on the attack as the game opens up. Nyanga tries to turn over the ball but knocks on in the process.

70

A fight breaks out at the scrum and the TMO is brought in. Slimani is RED CARDED for headbutting and Rizzo is RED CARDED for an uppercut.

69

Italy get another penalty from the line-out and Vaha'amahina earns himself a YELLOW CARD for kicking the ball away.

68

Italy lose ground at the back of a powerful France shove and the hosts turn over possession with strong counter-rucking. They try to attack from deep but only succeed in conceding a penalty.

67

Italy are relentless and ultimately SA-born replacement scrumhalf Botes snipes from close quarters and looks to dot down but the TMO rules there was a French hand underneath the ball so no try.

65

Italy attack with good pace and clean recycling. Sarto makes a strong run before the ball is flung wide to Furno who's denied a try by an excellent Huget tackle.

63

France are pinged at the scrum so Italy set up a line-out on the 22.

62

Plisson is happy to kick down field and have Italy play out of their own half. Zanni is brought down after a majestic flick by Iannone and it'll be Italy's feed into the scrum.

60

Italy create an overlap on the left but Zanni takes his eyes off the ball and knocks on.

58

Italy attack from the line-out and come within a metre of scoring but France win a breakdown penalty which sees them clear their line.

56

De Marchi makes another break and manages to retain possession despite being isolated. Allan almost slithers through but play comes back for a penalty.

53

A bit of French flair produces TRY No.3 as Fofana intercepts and links up with Huget. He's just reeled in but he offloads to Bonneval who scores. Doussain's CONVERSION makes it 30-3!

51

Campagnaro tries to ignite Italy with a good run followed by an attacking grubber that rolls into touch inside the 22.

49

It's all France at this stage as the hosts attack from a line-out just outside the 22. A lose pass by Plisson puts Doussain under pressure and he's penalised for holding on, so Italy survive.

46

France are full of confidence now as Fofana streaks down the right. He beats one and canters past McLean to score France's second TRY! Doussain adds the CONVERSION! What a blitz by France!

43

Picamoles breaks clear from the driving maul and stretches over to score the opening TRY despite the efforts of Sarto. Doussain kicks the touchline CONVERSION!

42

France strike the first psychological blow as they earn a scrum penalty following a knock-on.

41

Italy trail by six but they will be full of confidence as Plisson starts the second half.

40

Italy get a driving maul going as they look to hit back but a knock-on brings about HALF-TIME! It's a close one in Paris - France leading 9-3!

39

Italy launch another promising attack before France manage a key turnover on the 22. Quick hands by the French stretch Italy, with Minto failing to roll away. Doussain lands his third PENALTY!

34

Allan fails to convert great field position into points as he misses an easy penalty. Dulin sets off on a brilliant run and back-tracking Italy are blown up. Doussain makes no mistake with the PENALTY and France are back in the lead.

29

De Marchi breaks clean through into the 22 where the ball is killed off. Allan pops over the easy PENALTY and it's 3-3!

26

France attack from a line-out inside the 22 after Gori was caught in front of the kicker. The driving maul is eventually stopped seven metres short. Dulin comes within two metres where he's brought down and play comes back for a penalty. Doussain slots the PENALTY and France draw first blood.

23

Garcia has the distance this time but his kick is away to the left.

22

Italy attack with impressive fluency and force France to infringe again. They've done exceptionally well to weather the early storm.

20

Allan doesn't find touch but fortunately for him, France knock-on and they again power their way to a penalty at scrum time.

19

France contest the line-out which sees Italy tap the ball back in goal and dot down so France have the scrum. It's a massive scrum by Italy and they are awarded with a penalty.

17

Plisson kicks after the Italian defence refuse to give the hosts an inch and finds touch five metres from the try-line.

15

Italy build continuity with some good phase play but Szarzewski wins a penalty on the deck.

13

Garcia lines up the kick but ends up well short with Bonnevat finding touch.

11

Picamoles picks up at the back of the scrum and make good hard yards. Italy defend well and work a turnover. They kick and attack from a France kick, winning a penalty just over halfway.

9

Gori knocks on just outside his 22 so Italy remain deep inside their half.

8

Italy concede a third straight penalty - an early tackle. Doussain misses the long-range effort but France snatch the ball and probe ahead. Plisson goes for a drop but he, too, is off target.

5

France's forwards muscle forward with a driving maul and Italy are blown up in their 22. Doussain, though, pushes an easy penalty.

2

Parisse jumps the gun and is penalised for offside so France will have the first attacking opportunity.

0

France are in white with Italy in blue as Allan gets us underway in Paris!

-5

The hosts have made three changes to their run-on side, the most notable on the left wing, where Bonneval is poised to make his debut. The big news out of the Italian camp is the axing of Sgarbi, who slipped a tackle that cost the Azzurri a try. As a result, Garcia comes into the midfield as one of five changes.

-10

France are overwhelming favourites and are expected to pull away in the second half. Italy, though, won’t go down without a fight and if they can get off to a good start and stay within reach until the final quarter, they could rattle the French and possibly pull of an upset.

-20

The teams had contrasting fortunes in Round One, Les Bleus stealing a late win over Paris and the Azzurri losing out to Wales. However, Italy showed that they won’t be pushovers with a spirited performance in Cardiff and given their victory over the French in Rome last year, there should be no complacency on the side of Les Bleus.

-30

Welcome to our build up to the final game of Round Two of the Six Nations between France and Italy in Paris.
France
Players
15 Brice Dulin
14 Yoann Huget
13 Mathieu Bastareaud
12 Wesley Fofana
11 Hugo Bonneval
10 Remi Tales
9 Maxime Machenaud
8 Damien Chouly
7 Fulgence Ouedraogo
6 Thierry Dusautoir
5 Yoann Maestri
4 Alexandre Flanquart
3 Rabah Slimani
2 Guilhem Guirado
1 Alexandre Menini

Substitutes
23 Remi Lamerat
22 Frederic Michalak
21 Yannick Nyanga
20 Louis Picamoles
19 Bernard le Roux
18 Thomas Domingo
17 Vincent Debaty
16 Christopher Tolofua
Italy
Players
15 Luke McLean
14 Angelo Esposito
13 Michele Campagnaro
12 Gonzalo Garcia
11 Leonardo Sarto
10 Luciano Orquera
9 Tito Tebaldi
8 Sergio Parisse
7 Robert Barbieri
6 Joshua Furno
5 Marco Bortolami
4 Quintin Geldenhuys
3 Lorenzo Cittadini
2 Leonardo Ghiraldini
1 Matias Aguero

Substitutes
23 Andrea Masi
22 Tommaso Allan
21 Edoardo Gori
20 Paul Derbyshire
19 George Biagi
18 Alberto De Marchi
17 Michele Rizzo
16 Davide Giazzon