France adopted up their spectacular win in opposition to pre-tournament favorite England with a scrappy 35-22 win in opposition to Italy within the Six Nations on Sunday.
It was a vastly improved efficiency from tenacious Italy, routed 42-Zero by defending champion Wales final weekend. France moved stage on 9 factors with Eire and are prime on factors distinction, however this was a patchy efficiency regardless of 5 French tries.
Proper wing Teddy Thomas, flanker Charles Ollivon and No. eight Gregory Alldritt crossed with left winger Matteo Minozzi getting Italy’s first attempt – all within the first half.
It was dour after the break till silky flyhalf Romain Ntamack awakened a sleepy Stade de France with a superb end within the 60th minute, slicing by way of the protection after halfback Antoine Dupont and Thomas set him up and earn France an attacking bonus level.
Substitute scrumhalf Baptiste Serin scored the sport’s greatest attempt late on, taking a faucet penalty, breaking a few tackles and operating onto his personal grubber kick to dive over for a transformed rating.
With winds swirling at round 90kmh (56 miles) per hour due to Storm Ciara hitting northern Europe, dealing with and kicking was harder.
Ntamack shortly put France on the board with a penalty, then arrange Thomas for the opening attempt within the seventh minute with a intelligent grubber kick.
Swirling wind took his conversion and a 15th-minute penalty extensive of the posts.
It was a quick reprieve for Italy, although, as Dupont launched an assault and France’s forwards dragged captain Ollivon into the left nook within the 18th. It was his third attempt in two video games, following his brace in final Sunday’s 24-17 win in opposition to Rugby World Cup runner-up England.
Solely the wind was thwarting Les Tricolors at this stage, with Ntamack’s troublesome conversion from the left neatly crusing by way of earlier than a gust slowed the ball down and despatched it on to the publish.
Then France’s depth dropped.
A missed sort out by Dupont gave Italy room down the left flank, and Minozzi scampered by way of. Flyhalf Tommaso Allan transformed it and slotted over a penalty to convey Italy again in to the sport.
Because of this France did not run the following penalty it received, with Ntamack as a substitute slotting over an insurance coverage penalty. Simply earlier than halftime, the full of life Dupont despatched Alldritt clear with a lopping go to the left wing and Ntamack’s conversion hit the left and proper publish earlier than going over for 23-10.
Italy began the second half strongly, with a driving maul forcing the house facet into conceding a penalty that Allan – a gifted attacking half however an inconsistent kicker – sliced extensive.
France’s missed tackles will not have happy Shaun Edwards, the previous rugby league star now accountable for the French defence. However the Italians could not convert strain into factors and the 20-year-old Ntamack punished them together with his second worldwide attempt.
It did not end Italy off.
The Azurri hit again as substitute prop Federico Zani burrowed over, following a wise lineout take from No. eight Braam Steyn and one other spectacular driving maul.
France coach Fabien Galthie sensed complacency, so he modified his halves and the skillful Serin scored. However sloppiness let Italy get a 3rd attempt by way of proper winger Mattia Bellini.
Galthie and Edwards will work on the defending earlier than dealing with Wales in Cardiff on February 22.
Italy will host Scotland in Rome in a possible picket spoon deciding conflict.
AT A GLANCE
FRANCE 35 (Teddy Thomas, Charles Ollivon, Gregory Alldritt, Romain Ntamack, Baptiste Serin tries; Ntamack conversion, 2 penalties, Matthieu Jalibert conversion), ITALY 22 (Matteo Minozzi, Federico Zani, Mattia Bellini tries; Tommaso Allan 2 conversions, penalty). HT: 23-10.
Factors after 2 rounds
France 9, Eire 9, Wales 5, England 5, Scotland 2, Italy Zero.