France break Six Nations drought

by AAP

France overpowered Italy 34-17 on Friday to end an eight-game winless streak and claim their first victory in this year's Six Nations.

Les Bleus, who had not won a game since beating Wales in the same competition last March, prevailed thanks to tries from Paul Gabrillagues, Hugo Bonneval and Mathieu Bastareaud.

Scrumhalf Maxime Machenaud added five penalties and a conversion while replacement Francois Trinh-Duc added another conversion.

France broke their Six Nations drought against Italy. Photo: Getty ImagesItaly scored a first-half penalty try, while Tommaso Allan's penalty and Matteo Minozzi's late try, converted by Carlo Canna, gave the scoreline a touch of gloss for the visitors.

France, who snatched their first win under new coach Jacques Brunel, have six points, three behind leaders Ireland and England who have played a game fewer.

Italy remain pointless at the bottom of the table.

France next take on England on March 10, while Italy travel to Wales a day later. 


France 34

Tries: Gabrilagues, Bonneval, Bastareaud

Cons: Machenaud, Trinh-Duc

Pens: Machenaud 5 

Italy 17

Tries: Pen

Cons: Canna

Pens: Allan