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28 Trinh Duc tries to get his team out of trouble with a clearance kick but he puts in a woeful effort as the ball slices off the side of his boot.
26 Yachvilli takes some pressure off his side when he puts in a 45 metre kick from the base of a ruck which lands just inside Italy's 22.
71 YELLOW CARD, ITALY, GELDENHUYS. Italy lock Quintin Geldenhuys is sent to the sin bin after he drags a French maul down deliberately close to his tryline.
40 Italy try to launch an attack from a lineout inside France's half but they soon committ a handling error. France kick the ball upfield and there's little that Venditti can do except kick the ball into touch. Referee Owens blows his whistle to signal the end of the half. After making most of the play during the first half hour, Italy have gone off the boil towards the latter stages. France's lead is deserved as they have punished the Italians for poor defence with tries on two occassions.
60 PENALTY, ITALY, BOTES! 25 12. Debutant Tobias Botes scores his first international points after France are penalised for being offside.
35 TRY, FRANCE, MALZIEU! 15 6. Julien Malzieu scores a brilliant individualistic try! The wing runs on to a pass from Louis Picamoles, who broke away from a scrum, before beating five Italian defenders and scoring in the left hand corner. Yachvilli misses with the conversion attempt.
tries to run out of trouble. However, Thierry Dusautoir catches him and he is soon penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground.
47 PENALTY, ITALY, BURTON! 15 9. Kris Burton scores the first points of the half after Rougerie plays the ball with his hands at a ruck.
Half time France 15 Italy 6
30 PENALTY, ITALY, BURTON! 10 6. Kris Burton narrows the gap after Pascal Pape is pinned by referee Nigel Owens for not rolling away at a ruck.
43 Burton has New Era Carolina Hurricanes an opportunity to narrow the gap for Italy but although his 45 metre penalty attempt has the direction, it falls just short of the cross bar.
49 France are on the attack inside Italy's 22 but Andrea Lo Cicero does well to win a turnover when the referee rules that the ball is playable at a ruck.
58 France try to keep the ball in hand but Rougerie kncoks on close to the halfway line which gives Italy a chance to regroup.
les Bleus' 22 by a tackle from behind by Rougerie. The ball pops out on France's side and Vincent Clerc tries to counter attack. He kicks ahead but fails to regather and instead knocks on.
55 CONVERSION, FRANCE, YACHVILLI! 25 9. Dimitri Yachvilli makes no mistake with the spot kick as France extend their lead to 16 points!
51 Yachvilli has just missed a penalty from about 40 metres out after Italy infringe at a ruck.
full time France 30 Italy 12
77 France win a lineout inside their 22 but are blown up when Dimitri Szarzewski runs into Pascal Pape. Scrum to Italy.
42 Italy get an early penalty when France's front row is blow up for an infringement at a scrum.
38 Italy are on the attack at a lineout inside France's 22 but Quintin Geldenhuys is penalised for playing Pascal Pape in the air.
52 Wesley Fofana shows his class when he slips through Italy's defence before being stopped just outside Italy's 22.
63 Andrea Masi goes on a 40 metre run from just outside his 22 but he has little support when he is eventually brought to ground by Julien Malzieu inside France's 22.
80 Italy are having one last crack at France's line but les Bleus' defence are still holding out Arizona Diamondbacks Hats New Era
32 Burton tries to land another drop but he is soon swamped by French defenders and Ny Cap Grey
at this late stage of the match. The Azzurri soon lose possession and Morgan Parra brings proceedings to a close when he puts the ball into touch. France will be happy with that they got the tournament off to a winning start. it was a good team effort and bodes well for the rest of their campaign. Italy were not disgraced and they will be pleased with their effort, especially in the first half. But as the match progressed, the French gained control and the scoreboard is a fair reflection of the match.
45 Luke McLean makes a break and beats France's defensive line before being stopped inside New York Knicks Cap
79 Kris Burton puts in a cross kick which Sergio Parisse does well to hang on to close to France's tryline. The Italians desperately want to finish this match by crossing France's tryline.
72 TRY, FRANCE, FOFANA! 30 12. Wesley Fofana rounds off great groundwork by France's forwards, when he scores in the left hand corner after slipping past a tackle by Luke McLean.
52 PENALTY, FRANCE, YACHVILLI! 18 9. Dimitri Yachvilli increases his team's lead after Lo Cicero is blown up at a ruck.
54 TRY, FRANCE, CLERC! 23 9. Vincent Clerc rounds off good work by Trinh Duc and Rougerie. Trinh Duc puts a chip kick over the Italian defence and Rougerie also kicks ahead before Clerc gathers and crosses over.
40 Fran ois Trinh Duc gets the second half started. His kick is a wayward one and goes directly into touch!
69 Italy's tighthead prop is penalised for collapsing a scrum Martin Castrogiovanni and France get a penalty which they kick for touch.
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