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- RBS Six Nations
- 3rd Feb 2013
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Stadio Olimpico
- Att: 67,529
Italy v France - Live
80 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.
79 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.
77 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!
75 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.
73 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.
71 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.
68 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.
67 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.
65 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.
63 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.
61 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.
59 Pape hobbles off so on comes the sizeable Taofifenua.
58 ORQUERA CONVERSION! 20-18! Not for long, Italy lead.
57 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!
56 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.
55 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.
52 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.
50 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.
49 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.
48 The crowd is looking to lift their side who respond with good carries 35 metres out. Now, can they breach this blue wall?
46 Eventually Italy infringe at the breakdown and France can stroll up to halfway via the boot of Michalak. But again Szarzewski gives up possession at a line-out, this time for being too slow getting the ball in.
45 Italy are on the march here with Ghiraldini - recovered after some treatment on a knock - takes it up on the 22. Italy are going backwards soon after though due to this strong French defence.
44 Italy are now to put-in after what's been a rather flat opening to the half with a few errors on show. No one wants to lose this opener.
42 Italy fail to release at a breakdown so it's French penalty in their own half, which Michalak sends downfield but doesn't find touch. What an error from the 10 as Italy respond, sending the ball out on halfway.
Second-half Welcome back to the action from the Stadio Olimpico where the score is 13-15 in this final Six Nations game of Round One. Everyone is back on the field and ready for the off. Can Italy repeat their 2011 triumph or will France see this one out?
40 It is. France go in two ahead but this one really is in the balance. Join us again soon for the next 40 minutes - it promises to be a great half of Six Nations rugby.
39 That is poor from Szarzewski and the French line-out as indecision sees the hooker dummy a throw. That could be that for the first half.
38 So close for France here as Fofana breaks from a scrum on his own 22 and canters untouched into the Azzurri half. However, his pass to the supporting Ouedraogo isn't held by the flank so it will be a home scrum just outside their own 22. Frantic stuff here.
36 A short stoppage here for some attention to the hand of Picamoles but he is fine and play resumes soon after with Italy running through Parisse on halfway.
35 MICHALAK CONVERSION! 13-15! France lead.
34 FALL TRY! 13-13! There it is. Lovely work from the French centres and Huget before the left wing was on hand to finish the job under the posts. Nice rugby!
30 Half-an-hour gone in Rome and France are about to put-in in their own 22. MIchalak puts up another great high kick that Masi spills but the chasing Fall does the same soon after. First offence then, scrum to the visitors on the Italian ten-metre.
29 MICHALAK PENALTY! 13-8! They get something for their efforts. It looked like Italy were caught offside before Michalak sent over what was an easy kick.
27 Now the backs get a run and it's Fritz making the initial bust before Huget is carried over the line by two team-mates. Did he ground the ball or have Italy done enough to keep him on his back? The TMO gets the deciding vote...no try, scrum France.
26 That is much better from Les Bleus though as creativity in midfield buys Fritz some room down the left. Good position for France here with a driving maul taking things up to within fifteen.
24 Nothing on the board this time but it has to be said that Italy will be delighted with how this first quarter or so has gone. France have been out of sorts and you have to say this is not Championship winning form.
21 A chance for France here as Michalak charges down a kick but he cannot regather. The net result is Italy are back in opposition territory and set to throw in about 20 metres out.
18 ORQUERA PENALTY! 13-5! Orquera is having a great game so far with his organising of this Italy side and he could add another three points here after a French offence. That he does as the lead grows to eight points.
15 ORQUERA DROP-GOAL! 10-5! Italy are now looking to hit back and that's a smart from the fly-half as he sits back in the pocket, sending one high and handsome through the posts.
13 Michalak misses across the face with the attempted extras.
12 PICAMOLES TRY! 7-5! That's what he can do. Picamoles has powered over on the left wing and France can level matters here if Michalak can kick this.
11 Michalak instead looks to put up a bomb and it's a good tester that drops onto the Italy line close to the touchline. France eventually end up with a scrum put-in but you can sense the pressure is beginning to mount. They are camped on the Italian five-metre...
9 Stolen by Parisse! Italy clear their lines after great work from their skipper. France will come again though and are about 20 metres out this time. Italy holds its breath.
8 France now have a penalty after Castrogiovanni catches Huget high on the French ten-metre. This one will go into the Italian 22 with an attacking line-out coming.
6 ORQUERA CONVERSION! 7-0! Great kick from the 10.
5 PARISSE TRY! 5-0! There's a turnover and France can counter here from their own 22. Michalak kicks downfield but here come Italy again. This looks promising with Orquera ghosting through from halfway..he feeds Parisse and the captain is over!
2 Italy have an early penalty 60 metres from the French line and will kick this one into the opposition half, looking to enjoy some early territory and hopefully points.
Kick-off We're off through Toulon star Michalak and it's a terrible start from the fly-half as he puts the ball out on the full. Italy are wearing white today by the way with France in their traditional blue.
Team news Italy go with Luciano Orquera and Tobias Botes in the half-backs while usual suspects Sergio Parisse and Martin Castrogiovanni are named in the line-up. France meanwhile have Yoann Huget at 15 while Frederic Michalak and Maxime Machenaud are at 9 and 10. Thierry Dusautoir is the skipper.
Welcome Hello from the Stadio Olimpico for the final match of Round 1 of the 2013 Six Nations. Ireland and England claimed victories yesterday and many are expecting France to join them at the top of the Championship table today. However, the last time these two met in Rome it was Italy who won 22-21.
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