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Six Nations
Saturday 16 March 2019, 8:30am EDT

Italy v France

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  • FT
  • TRY!Damian Penaud
  • Yellow CardCamille Chat
  • Drop GoalRomain Ntamack
  • TRY!Tito Tebaldi
  • ConversionRomain Ntamack
  • TRY!Yoann Huget
  • Penalty GoalTommaso Allan
  • HT
  • Penalty GoalRomain Ntamack
  • ConversionRomain Ntamack
  • TRY!Antoine Dupont
  • Penalty GoalTommaso Allan
  • Penalty GoalTommaso Allan
  • KO


Match Stats
Player Stats
Defenders beaten
Clean breaks
Turnovers conceded
Turnovers won
Missed tackles
Italy T C P
15 Jayden Hayward 0 0 0
14 Edoardo Padovani 0 0 0
13 Marco Zanon 0 0 0
12 Luca Morisi 0 0 0
11 Angelo Esposito 0 0 0
10 Tommaso Allan 0 0 3
9 Tito Tebaldi 1 0 0
1 Andrea Lovotti 0 0 0
2 Leonardo Ghiraldini 0 0 0
3 Tizano Pasquali 0 0 0
4 David Sisi 0 0 0
5 Federico Ruzza 0 0 0
6 Braam Steyn 0 0 0
7 Jake Polledri 0 0 0
8 Sergio Parisse 0 0 0
16 Luca Bigi 0 0 0
17 Cherif Traore 0 0 0
18 Simone Ferrari 0 0 0
19 Alessandro Zanni 0 0 0
20 Sebastian Negri 0 0 0
21 Guglielmo Palazzani 0 0 0
22 Ian McKinley 0 0 0
23 Luca Sperandio 0 0 0
France T C P
15 Maxime Médard 0 0 0
14 Damian Penaud 1 0 0
13 Mathieu Bastareaud 0 0 0
12 Geoffrey Doumayrou 0 0 0
11 Yoann Huget 1 0 0
10 Romain Ntamack 0 2 1
9 Antoine Dupont 1 0 0
1 Etienne Falgoux 0 0 0
2 Guilhem Guirado 0 0 0
3 Demba Bamba 0 0 0
4 Felix Lambey 0 0 0
5 Paul Willemse 0 0 0
6 Gregory Alldritt 0 0 0
7 Yacouba Camara 0 0 0
8 Louis Picamoles 0 0 0
16 Camille Chat 0 0 0
17 Dany Priso 0 0 0
18 Dorian Aldegheri 0 0 0
19 Paul Gabrillagues 0 0 0
20 Arthur Iturria 0 0 0
21 Baptiste Serin 0 0 0
22 Camille Lopez 0 0 0
23 Thomas Ramos 0 0 0


Six Nations

6 Italy 43 0
4 France 70 10
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  • That concludes the Guinness Six Nations campaigns for both sides – their next major tournament is a trip to Japan. Until then however, thank you for joining us – and have a great weekend!
  • As previously mentioned, it’s another wooden spoon for Italy as they fail to take even a single point away from this year’s championship. France meanwhile move up to fourth for the time being, and may hold onto that as their final placing depending on how Scotland fare against England.
  • FULL-TIME: Italy 14-25 France. It’s victory for Les Bleus to finish off their 2019 Guinness Six Nations campaign as Jacques Brunel’s side run out the winners in Rome over the Azzurri. Conor O’Shea’s hosts will be disappointed to come away with nothing, having controlled the chances for long periods and having held a man advantage late on – but a mercurial showing from the teenager Romain Ntamack put their challenge to bed. At full-time, it finishes Italy 14-25 France.
  • France are happy to stick it into touch after some scrappy play from the kick-off and that’s the game! Les Bleus win! The wait for an Azzurri victory in the championship will stretch to 2020.
  • Ntamack can’t quite add the extras alas, so the lead remains at 11 points.
  • Try
    TRY: Italy 14-25 France. That’s the game for Les Bleus! Ntamack picks the pocket of Hayward with a high bomb and offloads to Penaud on his right who races away to put the match to bed.
  • Hayward almost slits open the French defence heading down the right wing but can’t quite get the pass away to exploit the gap.
  • Zanon is in at the left-hand side for Italy – but has lost control as he tries to ground it, with the ball knocked out by Penaud! That could have been the try for the Azzurri.
  • Yellow Card
    France are down to 14 men! Chat will likely see out the rest of the game in the sin bin for collapsing the maul from the line-out.
  • Italy win a penalty now after France fail to release inside their own 22 and the hosts drill it into touch for an attacking line-out on the left flank.
  • Traore and Sperandio are among the new additions as Italy make some changes.
  • No try! The referee stands by his original decision - and then Italy concede the penalty at the scrum too. They're letting France off the hook here.
  • Is Tebaldi over again? The referee thinks it’s not a try but he refers it upstairs to the TMO for a look.
  • Could that be enough of a gap for France? The game is into the final quarter now and Italy have the ball inside the opposition half from the restart.
  • DROP GOAL: Italy 14-20 France. Ntamack drops the field goal! Three more points for the visitors widens the gap again between them and the hosts.
  • Les Bleus get a penalty after Italy are cited for a squeeze ball position by the referee. They use it to further entrench themselves in the opposition 22 with a line-out five metres away from the Azzurri try-line.
  • Despite their lead today, France have not looked hugely convincing when required to build phases today. Italy will be frustrated to have not made them pay more for their failings.
  • There’s a delay in play for Ghiraldini to pick up some treatment and it looks like the Italy hooker will be forced to depart on a stretcher. Hopefully it’s not as serious as it looks. Bigi is on in his place.
  • Allan skews the kick wide to the left of the posts again and Italy remain three points off the pace of their visitors.
  • Try
    TRY: Italy 14-17 France. The Azzurri are over! A Parisse break gives them the momentum they need to launch several phases at the opposition try-line and Tebaldi is the man who eventually crashes over on the right.
  • Bastareaud, who’s had a relatively quiet game today on the whole for France, comes up with the ball following an Italian handling error in the Les Bleus half and helps his side back to midfield.
  • An infringement for offside allows Allan to go for goal again but he hooks his effort wide from the tee by some distance. Given how he’s struck the ball so far, that is quite a miss from almost in front.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Italy 9-17 France. Ntamack adds the extras again and France restore a larger lead. The Azzurri are going to have to chase this game now.
  • Try
    TRY: Italy 9-15 France. What a finish by Huget! Ntamack makes the scything run to put Les Bleus on the front foot and then the winger coasts over out wide on the left.
  • Ferrari is on for Pasquali at prop for the Azzurri.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Italy 9-10 France. Allan slots it over to trim the gap to a single point.
  • Les Bleus concede a cheap early penalty after Camara comes in at the side and Allan will go for the posts from 34m out.
  • We’re back underway for the last half of championship rugby these two sides will play this year. Will France wrap this one up or can Italy strike back?
  • As previously mentioned, it’s another wooden spoon for Italy as they fail to take even a single point away from this year’s championship. France meanwhile move up to fourth for the time being, and may hold onto that as their final placing depending on how Scotland fare against England.
  • Italy have lost their last 21 championship games, with their last victory coming against Scotland at Murrayfield back in 2015.
  • HALF-TIME: Italy 6-10 France. 16 points and one try is the total haul between the Azzurri and Les Bleus at the Stadio Olimpico – and it’s Antoine Dupont’s lone touchdown that means the visitors have a slender lead. The hosts went close on several occasions to snatching back the led but they just can’t seem to break through. It hangs finely in the balance; at half-time, it’s Italy 6-10 France.
  • From the scrum, Dupont whips it into touch and that will be half-time in Rome.
  • Parisse knocks on after several phases however and France survive once again.
  • Break from the Azzurri! Esposito takes them back within mere feet of the French try-line and a subsequent line-out and maul takes them even closer.
  • The hosts then bomb their chance with a rare overthrow at the line-out and Ntamack clears up before Parisse can recover to have a second stab at it.
  • Esposito is cleared out by Penaud following a box kick and the Les Bleus man escapes with only a penalty as his punishment.
  • Italy cling onto the ball in midfield after Tebaldi nearly loses it in an attempted turnover and then a botched French passage allows Allan to lead his Azzurri pack into the opposition half.
  • Both sides return to an exchange of box kicks and Hayden ultimately calls for a mark after play devolves into something of a punting contest.
  • A penalty from a scrum collapse allows France to march their way back downfield and Italy find themselves camped within their own 22 in a reversal of fortune.
  • No try! There’s no conclusive evidence to overturn the initial decision to not award a score and France have a defensive scrum instead.
  • The Azzurri come again, but this time Parisse’s short offload goes to ground. Italy thought they were over two phases earlier in a ruck around the whitewash, with Steyn almost over. The TMO will have a look at this one.
  • Italy drive themselves in from another maul on the left corner now but France deny them this time through Falgoux, who manages to successfully hold up the ball.
  • Zanon! Oh, it’s a cruel bounce of the ball to deny the debutant as a loose ball on the back of a line-out maul deep in French territory almost lands kindly for the centre, only to ricochet off the padding around the post and fool him. Close for the hosts.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Italy 6-10 France. The half-back makes no mistake from bang in front and slots it over.
  • Alldritt wins a penalty for France with a powerful drive down the middle at Ntamack will go for goal from the tee, just on the cusp of the 22.
  • A blow for France now as their captain Guirado is forced from the field clutching his ribs. Chat is on in his place.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Italy 6-7 France. Ntamack slots over the extras and nudges his side ahead.
  • Try
    TRY: Italy 6-5 France. Les Bleus strike back! Medard offloads to Penaud to put him away down the right wing and the winger tips it back in for Dupont to finish under the sticks. A lovely team try from the visitors.
  • Penaud offloads straight to Lovotti in midfield and France see some promising field position go to waste as Italy put a deep clearing kick away.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Italy 6-0 France. Allan adds a second penalty following an infringement 40m out by Bamba that gives the Azzurri a chance to go for the posts. It’s a confident start for the hosts.
  • France have won 37 of their 40 clashes with Italy in all competitions, though two of the Azzurri's wins have been home games in the championship.
  • Italy pick up the first scrum of the game and pack down on halfway. It’s a relatively uncontested one in the scheme of things and Zanon is put away down the right, only to be dragged into touch on the first tackle.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Italy 3-0 France. Allan makes no mistake and drifts it between the sticks from the kicking tee.
  • A scruffy pass to Picamoles sees the number eight lose it under pressure and Italy are handed an early penalty. Just on the edge of the opposition 22, they will go for the posts.
  • It’s an open passage of play as the two sides pepper each other with box kicks across the early encounters. There’s a fluidity to both sides so far that’s rather pleasing on the eye.
  • Ntamack kicks off for Les Bleus and we are underway in this 2019 Guinness Six Nations encounter!
  • The teams have emerged at the Stadio Olimpico for the national anthems.
  • You could be forgiven for thinking that little rests on this encounter – indeed, with Wales, Ireland and England all vying for the title today, this match has the least at stake – but don’t expect either side to dial it back. Both will be looking for that win, especially ahead of the World Cup in Japan later this year.
  • Replacements: Camille Chat, Dany Priso, Dorian Aldegheri, Paul Gabrillagues, Arthur Iturria, Baptiste Serin, Camille Lopez, Thomas Ramos.
  • France: Maxime Medard, Damian Penaud, Mathieu Bastareaud, Geoffrey Doumayrou, Yoann Huget, Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Etienne Falgoux, Guilhem Guirado, Demba Bamba, Felix Lambey, Paul Willemse, Gregory Alldritt, Yacouba Camara, Louis Picamoles.
  • Replacements: Luca Bigi, Cherif Traore, Simone Ferrari, Alessandro Zanni, Sebastian Negri, Guglielmo Palazzani, Ian McKinley, Luca Sperandio.
  • Italy: Jayden Hayward, Edoardo Padovani, Marco Zanon, Luca Morisi, Angelo Esposito, Tommaso Allan, Tito Tebaldi: Andrea Lovotti, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Tiziano Pasquali, David Sisi, Federico Ruzza, Braam Steyn, Jake Polledri, Sergio Parisse.
  • There’s five changes for Italy with David Sisi replacing the injured Dean Budd at lock and Treviso centre Marco Zanon handed his debut by Conor O’Shea. France make half-a-dozen swaps, with Geoffrey Doumayrou a late replacement for Wesley Fofana.
  • As for the visitors, a lone win against Scotland in Round 3 is all that they have to show for a tournament where they have pushed both Wales and to a lesser extent Ireland close. They can reach fourth in the final standings if they muster a better result than Scotland today – otherwise, they’ll end up second from bottom.
  • The Azzurri are looking to pick up their first win of the year after failing to pick up even a single bonus point in their previous four games. As such, they are locked for the wooden spoon for the fourth year running – but can they manage a last hurrah to win the Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy?
  • It’s the final round of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations championship as Italy host France at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
  • Hello and welcome to today’s Guinness Six Nations live commentary. Check back closer to kick-off for minute-by-minute updates!

Live Match Centre – Italy v France