Antoine Dupont was the man of the game when France beat Italy 50-10 in the Six Nations in Rome. Photo credit: PA.
France scored seven attempts to start its Guinness Six Nations campaign with an all-out 50-10 win over Italy in Rome.
Dylan Cretin, Gael Fickou, Arthur Vincent, Brice Dulin and Antoine Dupont crossed Les Bleus before Teddy Thomas scored a double in the second half.
The Azzurri made a late attempt at consolation from Luca Sperandio, with Paolo Garbisi commuting his penalty in the first half.
France opened the goal in the seventh minute when Thomas’ elusive run sparked an attack that ended when Flanker Cretin pulled past for his first test attempt.
Jalibert added the move, then kicked a 35-yard penalty to France to take the lead 10-0 after 11 minutes.
Italy was adventurous in possession of the ball and built a boost for Garbisi to reduce the deficit with a 20-meter penalty.
But the naivety of Azzurri was twice from Scrum-H alf Dupont, the 2020 Six Nations tournament player, exposed.
Dupont’s clever chip in the 27th minute allowed Fickou to get the easiest score, and Jalibert added the extras.
Three minutes later Dupont chopped a loose ball and the rebound favored winger Gabin Villiere to rally.
Dupont was on Villiere’s shoulder to rally and he produced an excellent pass under pressure to send Vincent, with Jalibert again for a 24: 3 lead.
Italy received hope when Monty Ioane jumped over from Stephen Varney’s blindside break, but the attempt was denied and the scrum-half’s pass to the winger was classified as a forward.
France got the bonus point attempt in the 49th minute when Villiere picked up the full-back Dulin and Jalibert landed the touchline change.
Italy slipped badly from the duels when fatigue took its toll and Thomas realized to find Dupont inside and he ran through unhindered.
Dupont returned a favor of starting Thomas two minutes later, and Jalibert added a sixth conversion before the Italian wing, Sperandio broke the right to give the Azzurri some pleasure.
But Thomas had the last word seven minutes before the end and shook off a few defenders to score in the corner and take half a century of points.
France scored seven attempts to start their Guinness Six Nations campaign with an all-out 50-10 win over Italy in Rome.
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