France on course for Grand Slam – France 46-20 Italy

France look sure bets for the Grand Slam after an emphatic victory over Italy.

An Imanol Harinordoquy try and a brace from David Marty helped Les Bleus into a 22-3 half-time lead at the Stade de France on Sunday.

 Imanol Harinordoquy
Imanol Harinordoquy
David Marty
David Marty

After the break Marc Andreu, Yannick Jauzion and Alexandre Lapandry added further tries, with Morgan Parra kicking 14 points in all. They did however take their foot of the pedal in the final quarter and let Italy back in as Carlo del Fava and Pablo Cannavossio grabbed consolation tries. Giving us the final score of:

France 46-20 Italy

Tries: Harinordoquy, Marty 2, Andreu, Jauzion, Lapandry Cons: Parra 5 Pens: Parra 2
Tries: Del Fava, Canavosio Cons: Mi Bergamasco 2 Pens: Mi Bergamasco 2


France: Poitrenaud; Andreu, Marty, Jauzion, Palisson; Trinh-Duc, Parra; Domingo, Servat, Mas, Nallet, Pierre, Dusautoir, Bonnaire, Harinordoquy.

Replacements: Malzieu for Poitrenaud (64), Bastareaud for Jauzion (69), Yachvili for Trinh-Duc (58), Szarzewski for Servat (40), Poux for Mas (40), Chabal for Nallet (48), Lapandry for Dusautoir (58).

Italy: McLean; Masi, Canale, Garcia, Mi Bergamasco; Gower, Tebaldi; Perugini, Ghiraldini, Castrogiovanni, Geldenhuys, Bortolami, Sole, Ma Bergamasco, Zanni.

Replacements: Bocchino for Gower (76), Canavosio for Tebaldi (30), Ongaro for Ghiraldini (66), Aguero for Castrogiovanni (66), Del Fava for Bortolami (55).

Not Used: Derbyshire, Robertson.

Sin Bin: Garcia (15).

Att: 78,712

Ref: Alan Lewis (Ireland).