What a game! An historic victory for the Azzurri, beating the French by 22 points to 21, marking their biggest Six Nations triumph to date.
France led narrowly at half-time, and then seemed to take the game away from Italy after the break moving 10 points clear – particularly when it looked as though Mirco Bergamasco wouldn’t convert any penalty opportunities that came Italy’s way.
But then the home side came back with a try from Andrea Masi – who was superb throughout – and Bergamasco did manage to land a couple of kicks to give Italy the lead.
There were jubilant scenes at the Stadio Flaminio when the final whistle blew, and coach Nick Mallett looked overjoyed at his side’s achievement. So too Sergio Parisse, who was inspirational yet again, and finally he was on the winning side, so richly deserved by his efforts for his county.
Mallett said afterwards, “I’m really pleased what the team has done for the Italian rugby supporters, who have supported us week in week out.”
Let us know your thoughts on the game. What now for Italy? And what now for France after another abject performance?