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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 March, 2005, 17:05 GMT
Italy 13-56 France
David Marty (left) is congratulated by Dimitri Yachvili after scoring one of his two tries
France (24) 56
Tries: Nyanga, Jauzion, Laharrague, Marty 2, Lamboley, Mignoni
Cons: Yachvili 4, Michalak 2 Pens: Yachvili 2
Italy: (10) 13
Tries: Robertson
Cons: Peens
Pens: Peens 2
Defending champions France wrapped up their 2005 Six Nations campaign with a crushing victory over Italy at the Stadio Flaminio in Rome on Saturday.

The French ran in seven tries, two of them from debutant centre David Marty.

Dimitri Yachvili turned in a perfect kicking performance for France, landing six out of six before being taken off.

Yannick Nyanga, Yannick Jauzion, Julien Laharrague, Gregory Lamboley and Pierre Mignoni also touched down, with Kaine Robertson scoring Italy's only try.

Italy took an early lead when Gert Peens landed a long-range penalty, but France hit back when Christophe Dominci, later carried off injured, spun out of a tackle and offloaded to flanker Nyanga, who stretched over in the corner.

Dominici's injury broke our rhythm for a bit, but we got it back together again
France's David Marty

Yachvili slotted the conversion from the right touchline to give France a 10-3 lead after 10 minutes.

Italy then had their captain Marco Bortolami sin-binned, France immediately increasing their lead when Jauzion finished off a sweeping attack.

Yachvili converted and France, already much more threatening out wide, began to dominate the seven-man Italian pack.

Cedric Heymans is tackled into touch by the Italian cover
Cedric Heymans is tackled into touch by the Italian cover

But just when it looked as though they were about to be steam-rollered, the hosts hit back when Robertson latched onto a loose pass and raced clear for a long-range interception try.

Peens' simple conversion cut the gap to seven points but France restored their advantage with Laharrague's converted try seven minutes before the break.

The first score of the second half went to Italy as Peens landed his second penalty to make it 24-13.

But Yachvili landed two penalties of his own in quick succession to edge France further ahead.

It took France until the 65th minute before they scored their fourth try of the game when debutant centre Marty sliced through the flimsy Italian defence.

Yachvili made it six kicks out of six before replacement kicker Frederic Michalak converted two of the final three French tries.

Lamboley and Marty touched down before substitute scrum-half Pierre Mignoni scored a fine individual effort.

His try gave Michalak the chance to give France a shot at retaining their title - and the Toulouse player duly obliged.


Italy: Peens; Robertson, Masi, Picone, Nitoglia; Orquera, Troncon; Lo Cicero, Ongaro, Perugini; Dellape, Bortolami; Persico, Dal Maso, Parisse.
Replacements: Festuccia, Castrogiovanni, Del Fava, Orlando, Griffen, De Marigny, Pedrazzi.

France: Laharrague; Heymans, Marty, Jauzion, Dominici; Delaigue, Yachvili; Marconnet, Bruno, Mas; Pelous, Thion; Betsen, Nyanga, Bonnaire.
Replacements: Servat, De Villiers, Pape, Lamboley, Mignoni, Michalak, Traille.

Referee: D Courtney (Ireland).


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