Italy v France: Initial Reaction

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?

7 thoughts on “Italy v France: Initial Reaction

  1. Absolutely amazing. Not only was it brilliant to see Italy win, but it was also simply an amazing game of rugby. Well done Italy

  2. How I’d love to be in Rome tonight…great win for Italy, and after coming so close against Ireland, they deserved it. And even better that it’s the French!

    Not sure what’s going on there. Chabal had another average game, and they just don’t look particularly interested. I thought they’d blow Italy away after Clerc scored and Rougerie went close, but they lost their way.

  3. what a game, and a well deserved win for italy. it’s always been a joy to whatch them play rugby. they play with their hearts on their sleeve, and you could really see what it meant to them when the final whistle blew.
    masi was outstanding, he really relished the contact, and knocked over some good players in the process.
    parisse played out of his skin again. he’s got to be up there with the best captains currently in world rugby.
    i’m just soo pleased that they got this victory!
    might have to buy an azzuri shirt…

  4. I’ll be very surprised if Parrise, Masi, Castro and Canale don’t feature (or at least get mentioned) in team of the week

  5. I was at Flaminio for this exciting win. Good and brave game from Italy with gigantic Parisse and some good performance from other men, France a bit disappointing though, they rarely played at their level of quality (which is unattainable for us), and were dragged into a fight that Italians were probably more motivated to win.

  6. Well done to Italy. Fantastic. France were absolutely dreadful but let’s not dwell on that. Or the fact that it was a nailed on penalty to France in front of the posts at that final scrum. Best possible result for the Six Nations, really chuffed for the Italians and looking forward to them making it 2 in a row at Murrayfield on Saturday.

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