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France hold off defiant Italy in 35-22 Six Nations win

Hosts France scored five tries to Italy's three.
Hosts France scored five tries to Italy's three. © Philippe Lopez, AFP
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France moved top of the Six Nations standings as they claimed a bonus point in an otherwise unimpressive 35-22 defeat of a valiant but error-prone Italy at the Stade de France on Sunday.

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Les Bleus, who stunned World Cup runners-up England in their opening game last Sunday, prevailed with tries by Teddy Thomas, Charles Ollivon, Gregory Alldritt, Romain Ntamack and Baptiste Serin.

Ntamack kicked eight points and Matthieu Jalibert another two.

Italy enjoyed good spells with tries by Matteo Minozzi, Federico Ziani and Mattia Bellini, and points from the boot of Tommaso Allan, but were unable to avoid a 24th consecutive defeat in the tournament.

Fabien Galthie's side lead the table with nine points, ahead of Ireland on points difference. The two sides, who meet in the final day of the tournament, are the only two still with a shot at a grand slam.

 

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

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