Six Nations - Rome, 21 March 2009, 14:15 local, 13:15 GMT
Italy (3) 8 - 50 (25) France (FT)

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Summary

Time Score  
 

The italian crowd are on song. If their pack are also France will have a fight on their hands - and I am not just talking figuretively! The ref is French speaking Irishman - Alain Rolland. Italy are kicking off left to right

1

France gather and clear long - Italy counter - kick too long - drop out. There is a strong wind in Italy's favour.

2

France hardly get the ball over the 22 metres line and Italy get it andattack wide left - then back to right. Ball in touch. The forwards have a bit of a dust up.

3

France clear ball down line after throw in. They get the ball and attack down the centre - Italy get it and chip forward - France under pressure.

4

France nick the ball and kick up to half way - penalty to France on the half way line.

5

France throw deep inside the Italian 22 - Throw not straight - scrum.

6 0 - 3

Italian scrum under pressure - a surprise - penalty to France and they are going for the posts. Difficult with this wind. Jusr inside the 22 widish left.

7

The scrum-half Morgan Parra does well to score.

8

France try to clear after the restart - but the ball goes nowhere and Italy again on the attack.

9

Chip ahead and France counter with some lovely passing up to the Italian 10 metres. Knock on and Italy kick long - too long - ball dead - French 22 drop out. France have started brightly - well better than last week!

10

Italy attacking again - but penalty for holding on to the ball. France tap and go - wide to winger Heymans - he sets off and makes yards - grubber kick - too long - drop out.

11

France are getting in to their stride - but they give away a penalty on the half way line.

12

Italy with the ball after their throw - but France take it and move the ball down the centre - and Italy give away another penalty - in front of the posts. The Irish ref is talking to the Italian captain in French - ahhh the common market!

13

Parra keeps the ball low and he scores again.

14 0 - 6

Italy get the restart and move the ball wide right.

15

Up and under - Traille gets it from full back and the ball is cleared long. Italy send it back and France puts the ball in to touch.

16

Italy get a penalty from the lineout and are going for the posts - Full back Andrea Marcato is lining it up.

17

Ball falls over and it is now held - but it goes wide.

18

France moving the ball well with far more fluent movement by ball and players.

19

French scrum on half way line. Ball left and Italy are up quickly and nearly intercept. - France kick long - Italy send it very deeply back and France counter with ball in hand.

20

Ball cleared to touch - but very much most of the play has been outside the 'red zone' . Italy get another penalty with a chance to get some points on the score board.

21

Marcato scores.

22 3 - 6

France high at the restart and Italy gather and clear very long.

23

France win their throw on the 10 metres. Slow ball and again Italy up quickly - high kick - Yannick Jauzion takes it brilliantly.

24 3 - 11

TRY ball moved to Chabal who smashes his way through to the line from 25 metres.

25 3 - 13

Parra converts

26

Italy scrum deep in French half.

27

Good Italian scrum but they give away another penalty. France are in control despite Italy having most of the territory.

28 3 - 18

TRY France win their throw at the front and pass the ball to fly half Trinch-Duc who dummy passes and slices his way through the Italians to score.

29

Morgan Parra - perfect so far - but misses the conversion.

30

TRY France clear the ball high and Italy mess up and Dusautoir gathers and races down the pitch passes to Medard to score and France are out of sight already

31

Parra converts this time to add to Italian woe.

32 3 - 25

Italy throw after restart - France are eager for the ball - and the visitors take it.

33

Italy MUST stay focussed otherwise they will be hammered.

34

France wide left and Heymans chips down the line - Italian scrum-half Griffen gets across to take the ball in to touch - French lineout 5 metres out.

35

France perssing for a fourth try behfore half time.

36

Italy get a relieving penalty.

37

Italy seem shell-shocked.

38

Again France attacking just outside the Italian 22. France are now dominating possession. France will have the wind in their favour in the second half - it is hard to think that Italy will get out of their 22!

39

France knock on - much to Italian relief. Italy break out after the scrum - a flowing move - but they knock on - the crowd roar in frustration.

40

The crowd are willing for the Italian team to do something. France pick up at the base of the scrum and go left. French men eager for the ball. - up to half way. Up and under - knock on - and its half time.

 

France are dominant - they are being allowed to do better than last week as the Italians are just not getting it together. They appear to be doing nothing - Parisse excepted who is still simply everywhere. Italy could be in serious trouble in the second half - if they are not now!

40

Italy get the ball from the kick off and kick long - France kick back and Italy try to move the ball - but mess up - but keep the ball - cleared - France counter.

41

France attacxk down the blind - but Italy nick it and move the ball wide left.

42 3 - 32

TRY Italy trying to be expansive - chip - France up quickly - ball bounces to winger Heymans who scores under the posts.

43

Parra converts. Italy get the ball after restart and chip down line - Italy get the ball from the lineout - five metres out.

44

The crowd roar - fly-half McLean grubber kicks - too long - drop out.

45

Italy trying to generate more energy - but France are eager to tackle.

46

Penalty toi France inside the Italian half - and strangely are going for the posts - I would have through a kick to touch may have been good.

47 3 - 35

Parra scores again to hammer another nail in the Italian coffin.

48

It is difficult to see what Italy can do - I guess tackle, tackle, tackle!

49

Italian throw inside their own half. France get the ball and counter - recycle - Chabal burts through down the centre - a caveman - just broght down 5 metres short - knock on later - Italy counter - good attack - up to half way.

50

McLean kicks again - wasted - France clear long and Italy again give it the lash.

51

Ball still in play both teams counter attacking. Breathless play.

52

Centre Florian Fritz dives for the corner but is touch in goal - Italian drop out. Parisse again making the tackle to stop the try. Ball kicked long and France counter down the centre. Subs being made by both sides.

53

Italy clear the ball to touch still deep in their half. France surege for the try line from the throw. Slow ball - still with the forwards.

54 3 - 40

TRY France get a try through a forwards surge.

55

Frederic Michalak is on as scrum-half - but he misses the conversion.

56

TRY Italy score a wonderful try. Marcato chips over the onrushing defence several hands with the ball eventually getting the ball to the captain Parisse who scores much to the delight of the crowd.

57 8 - 40

Marcato misses conversion

58

It amay have taken the Italians agaes since they last scored I think against England - but what a try to break their duck!

59

The Italians are really trying to give it a lash and good on them - France are also attacking when they can - wouldn't you 32 points up!

60

Penalty to Italy.

61

Ball to touch down the Italian right deep in the French half.

62

Italy win their throw - kick by Bergamasco who is hammered by Chabal. drop out.

63

France on the attack - Italy knock on near half way line. Both teams are trying to play expansive rugby - but just needs a little more discipline and structure to really release the play.

64

French scrum inside the Italians 22 - Italy nick the ball and clear down the centre - France counter again.

65

Italy tackle, tackle, tackle. Scrum to France inside the Italian 22.

66

France go right at the scrum - ball driven on - recycle - 2 metres out - again Italians throw themselves in to the tackle - still 2 metres out.

67

Italy force the French back and get a penalty - well done to them.

68

Italy have nearly made 100 tackles.

69 8 - 45

TRY Italy win their throw and drive it on the forwards - box kick - France get it and move it wide - hands a blur various players - switch and Medard scores in the corner - his second.

70

It has to be said one of the passes did look forward - but still a good try.

71

Italy against the wind fail to kick the ball 10 metres - scrum to France on half way.

72

Italy will do really well if they don't leak 50 points - hopefully they won't. Penalty to the home side.

73

Italy's summer tour is to New Zealand and Oz - so some easy games there! Ball in to touch - France take a quick throw - recycle - Italy nick it.

74

France still getting up quickly. and they get the ball.

75 8 - 50

TRY Italy steal the ball back - take it back to the forwards - France nick it and go blind side down the left and Sub Julien Malzieu canters in to score unopposed.

76

Michalak misses conversion and France are on 50 points. Francois Trinch-Duc is named Man of the Match.

77

centre Bastareaud - he is a big b...chap! - breaks down the pitch - but Italy get a relieving penalty.

78

Italy should be allowed to play in the Magners League - a couple of clubs any way.

79

Italy win a penalty - and they opt for a scrum.

80

Final move of the match. France nick the ball after the scrum - and they attack on the Italian 22. - Italy tackling - knock on and the match ends.

80+1

Framce were much better than last week, but Italy were not great. I hope you enjoyed the match with scrum.com - see you next time.

Timeline

Time Italy  Score  France
0 start of first half start of first half
6 0 - 3 Parra - penalty goal
14 0 - 6 Parra - penalty goal
22 Marcato - penalty goal 3 - 6
24 3 - 11 Chabal - try
25 3 - 13 Parra - conversion
28 3 - 18 Trinh-Duc - try
32 3 - 25 Medard - try
Parra - conversion
40 end of first half end of first half
40 start of second half start of second half
42 3 - 32 Heymans - try
Parra - conversion
47 3 - 35 Parra - penalty goal
48 Pratichetti - sub off
Quartaroli - sub on
50 Marconnet - sub off
Domingo - sub on
52 Michalak - sub on
Parra - sub off
Servat - sub on
Szarzewski - sub off
54 del Fava - sub on
Dellape - sub off
3 - 40 Domingo - try
57 Parisse - try 8 - 40
58 Castrogiovanni - sub on
Nieto - sub off
60 Fritz - sub off
Bastareaud - sub on
63 Harinordoquy - sub off
Picamoles - sub on
66 Griffen - sub off
Canavosio - sub on
68 Bortolami - sub off
Sole - sub on
69 8 - 45 Medard - try
71 Thion - sub on
Nallet - sub off
Malzieu - sub on
Heymans - sub off
72 McLean - sub off
Orquera - sub on
75 8 - 50 Malzieu - try
80 Sbaraglini - sub on
Orquera - sub off
80+1 end of second half
end of half
end of second half
end of half
80+2
0
81
82

Notes

 
Result France won by a margin of 42 points
Six Nations points France 2, Italy 0
 
Ground name Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Attendance 27650
 
Referee ACP Rolland (Ireland)
 
Italy Test debuts none
France Test debuts none

Teams

Italy France
Tries Parisse (57) Tries Chabal (24), Trinh-Duc (28), Medard (32, 69), Heymans (42), Domingo (54), Malzieu (75)
Cons none Cons Parra (25, 32, 42)
Pens Marcato (22) Pens Parra (6, 14, 47)

Match stats

Italy   France
1 Tries 7
0 from 1 Conversion goals 3 from 7
1 from 2 Penalty goals 3 from 3
33.3% Kick at goal success 60.0%
0 Dropped goals 0
Kick/pass/run
30 Kicks from hand 24
118 Passes 124
64 Runs 123
346 Metres run with ball 781
Attacking
7 Clean breaks 15
8 Defenders beaten 15
3 Offloads 12
55 from 62 (88.7%) Rucks won 92 from 98 (93.9%)
0 from 0 Mauls won 1 from 1 (100.0%)
17 Turnovers conceded 20
Defensive
153/15 Tackles made/missed 91/9
91.1% Tackling success rate 91.0%
Set pieces
6 won, 0 lost (100.0%) Scrums on own feed 7 won, 0 lost (100.0%)
9 won, 4 lost (69.2%) Lineouts on own throw 6 won, 2 lost (75.0%)
Discipline
6 Penalties conceded 9
0/0 Yellow/red cards 0/0

Italy stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB Marcato 0/0 3 5/8/3 14 1 0 0 1 1/0 0/0 1 0/0
W Rubini 0/0 0 2/0/3 7 0 0 0 3 5/1 0/0 0 0/0
C Canale 0/0 0 2/6/2 12 0 1 1 0 9/1 0/0 1 0/0
C M Bergamasco 0/0 0 4/8/6 46 1 1 1 0 11/2 0/0 0 0/0
W Pratichetti 0/0 0 0/0/1 0 0 0 0 0 5/0 0/0 0 0/0
FH McLean 0/0 0 11/19/2 12 0 0 0 1 9/0 0/0 2 0/0
SH Griffen 0/0 0 2/40/3 0 0 0 0 2 3/3 0/0 0 0/0
P Perugini 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 8/0 0/0 0 0/0
H Ghiraldini 0/0 0 0/1/5 20 0 0 1 0 10/1 0/0 0 0/0
P Nieto 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 4/1 0/0 0 0/0
L Dellape 0/0 0 0/3/5 4 0 0 1 1 7/0 1/0 1 0/0
L Bortolami 0/0 0 0/1/1 0 0 0 0 0 12/0 2/0 0 0/0
F Zanni 0/0 0 0/0/6 29 0 0 0 1 14/0 0/0 0 0/0
F M Bergamasco 0/1 0 3/7/6 46 2 3 0 2 16/2 0/1 0 0/0
N8 Parisse 1/0 5 0/9/12 123 3 2 0 1 7/0 3/0 0 0/0
(H) Sbaraglini 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Castrogiovanni 0/0 0 0/1/0 0 0 0 0 1 2/1 0/0 0 0/0
(L) del Fava 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 8/1 2/0 0 0/0
(L) Sole 0/0 0 0/2/0 0 0 0 0 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
(SH) Canavosio 0/0 0 1/4/2 8 0 0 0 1 1/1 0/0 0 0/0
(FH) Orquera 0/0 0 0/1/4 1 0 1 0 1 0/1 0/0 0 0/0
(W) Quartaroli 0/0 0 0/0/3 24 0 0 0 2 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

Fra stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB Traille 0/0 0 2/4/9 97 2 2 2 2 3/0 0/0 0 0/0
W Medard 2/0 10 4/4/6 53 2 0 0 2 5/2 0/0 1 0/0
C Fritz 0/0 0 0/1/4 24 0 0 0 2 8/0 0/0 0 0/0
C Jauzion 0/0 0 3/5/6 15 0 0 0 0 8/0 0/0 0 0/0
W Heymans 1/0 5 2/5/8 67 3 1 0 0 2/1 0/0 0 0/0
FH Trinh-Duc 1/0 5 8/11/11 56 1 3 3 2 5/0 0/0 0 0/0
SH Parra 0/1 15 4/38/5 15 0 0 0 2 1/1 0/0 0 0/0
P Barcella 0/0 0 0/2/6 42 1 1 1 1 5/1 0/0 1 0/0
H Szarzewski 0/0 0 0/1/4 8 0 0 0 0 8/0 0/0 0 0/0
P Marconnet 0/0 0 0/1/1 2 0 0 0 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
L Nallet 0/0 0 0/2/3 3 0 0 0 0 6/0 2/0 1 0/0
L Chabal 1/0 5 0/3/15 91 2 4 1 2 1/0 0/1 2 0/0
F Dusautoir 0/2 0 0/9/14 86 1 0 2 0 8/0 0/0 2 0/0
F Bonnaire 0/0 0 0/1/2 16 0 1 1 0 10/2 3/1 0 0/0
N8 Harinordoquy 0/0 0 0/5/9 25 0 0 1 3 3/0 0/1 0 0/0
(H) Servat 0/0 0 0/0/4 12 0 0 0 1 1/0 0/0 1 0/0
(P) Domingo 1/0 5 0/0/4 21 0 0 1 1 5/1 0/0 0 0/0
(L) Thion 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
(N8) Picamoles 0/0 0 0/3/4 30 0 1 0 1 2/1 0/0 0 0/0
(SH) Michalak 0/2 0 1/23/1 3 0 0 1 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
(C) Bastareaud 0/0 0 0/1/4 57 2 1 1 0 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
(W) Malzieu 1/0 5 0/0/3 58 1 1 0 1 0/0 1/0 0 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

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