France ease past Italy with 47-19 win

Yoann Huget scored two tries for France
Yoann Huget scored two tries for France
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France 47-19 Italy, Stade de France

France ran a seven-try riot as they trounced Italy 47-19 in their encounter at Stade de France on Friday.

Yoann Huget started the proceedings with a third-minute try as France raced to a five-point lead but Italy went on to claim the lead at the start of the second quarter with a touchdown from Mattia Bellini and Tommy Allan kicked the conversion.

Huget with his second in the 24th minute seized the lead back for the home side and fly-half Romain Ntamack improved it to make the scoreline 12-7.

Just after the half-hour mark, France got their third try with a touchdown from Camille Chat and Ntamack's conversion meant the teams went into the break with a 19-7 scoreline.

Jacques Brunel's men were intimidating at the start of the second half with back to back tries from Antoine Dupont and Arthur Iturria in the 43rd and 46th minutes respectively and Ntamack was once again spot on with the conversions to take their lead to 33-7.

Jake Polledri and Bellini scored second half tries for the visitors but France gave a strong response with Wenceslas Lauret and Thomas Ramos scoring tries to complete a 47-19 win. Ntamack also had a productive game kicking six conversions.

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