France 35 - 22 Italy

France 35 - 22 Italy

A much better revealing from Italy after their headache versus Wales however it's still an additional loss - they have actually now shed 24 successive Six Nations video games They distributed much way too many fines - specifically in support.

The hosts' head coach Fabien Galthie made just one change from the side which beat England last weekend as one-time global Arthur Vincent replaced injured Virimi Vakatawa at outside centre.

Fleet-footed winger Matteo Minozzi, replacement hooker Federico Zani and Mattia Bellini crossed for the Azzurri who stretched their winless run in the competition to 24 matches.

But Willemse believes the French must sharpen up, especially without the ball, against champions Wales in Cardiff on February 22.

Factor in the return of defence coach Shaun Edwards to his old Principality Stadium stomping ground, and that encounter will doubtless prove pivotal to the entire tournament's make-up.

Les Bleus came under control early, Thomas snapped in after proper preparation.

Flanker Ollivon then doubled the hosts' try count, punching over the line from short range.

Wasp star Minozzi scored a good 13-phase move with a morally positive result for the Azzurri, who owed Jake Polledri, who was outstanding, for creating the necessary midfield scope for the attempt.

A Tommaso Allan penalty cut France's lead to three, but Gregory Alldritt went over just before the break.

France number eight Alldritt cantered home having lurked on the left wing and been duly furnished with a superb floated pass from Antoine Dupont.

Former Les Bleus scrum-half Galthie admitted that the Italy match had been "tough". He scurried around the edges and judged his team in style.

And his pass out to Alldritt allowed the big forward nearly a walk-in, to leave France leading 23-10 at the break.

Toulouse playmaker Ntamack secured a bonus point for his side with a lovely solo effort from a powerful France maul with a quarter of the game to play but missed the extras.

And that set up a needlessly nervy denouement for the French, who invited yet more pressure when Ntamack spilled a high ball.

Again, the Italians couldn't make a comeback, and Serin, the substitute, threw the Azzurri a hard attempt.

Italy managed the last word, with Bellini scampering home after Jayden Hayward's break.

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