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Feb 23, 2018 at 8pm UK
34-17
Gabrillagues (5'), Bonneval (60'), Bastareaud (73')
FT
Penalty (10'), Minozzi (79')

Result: France defeat Italy in Six Nations to end winless run

France beat Italy 34-17 to claim their first victory of the 2018 Six Nations.

France have secured their first win of the 2018 Six Nations with a comfortable 34-17 victory over Italy in Marseille.

Paul Gabrillagues, Hugo Bonneval and Mathieu Bastareaud racked up tries for the hosts, who were holding a Six Nations match outside of Paris for the first time, to help them bring their eight-game winless run to an end.

Gabrillagues pulled off a deft catch and dive to break the deadlock with the opening try with five minutes on the clock, but an early penalty try for Italy after a collapsed maul put the visitors 7-5 in front.

Bastareaud landed four penalties for Les Bleus during the course of the match, and it was his contributions that gave the home side a slender 11-7 advantage at half time.

Bonneval added a second try after the break and France ensured that it would be a landslide victory in the 72nd minute when a surging run from Marco Tauleigne allowed Bastareaud to power over the line and make it 34-10.

The Italians registered a late try and penalty through full-back Matteo Minozzi, but have now lost a record 15 straight Six Nations matches.

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