France v Italy Six Nations Rugby


France v Italy

Gabby Logan hosts coverage of France v Italy in the Six Nations. Studio guests include Joe Worsley and Andrea Masi, and Eddie Butler and Jonathan Davies provide the commentary.


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For the first time in its history,

the Six Nations is on tour. From the

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cold of Paris to the slightly warmer

Mediterranean. The last time one of

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these game was played here was way

back in 1954, when the Five Nations

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match between Wales and Scotland was

between St Helens and Swansea.

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Tonight we are in another port,

Marseille, as France take on Italy,

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and 50,000 fans will turn out to the

two teens badly in need of their

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first win of the Championship. --

the two teams. The French arrive at

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the start velodrome tonight in

disarray, they have dropped eight

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players for inappropriate behaviour

after their defeat at Murrayfield

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two weeks ago, including top try

scorer Teddy Thomas. Plenty for new

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head coach Jacques Brunel to reflect

on. At least he won't need to do too

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much homework on his old team,

Italy. Their current coach, Tom

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O'Shea, has targeted this match to

end the run of defeats. Welcome to

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the stadium in Marseille. I wouldn't

say it is barmy but it is a few

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degrees warmer than we are used at

this time of year. The sunshine

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today was certainly welcome. Of

course, it's a Friday night, writes

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Ron, there is a fantastic app is for

you. Alongside me this evening I

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have three wingers, past and

present, who would like to any

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stadium in the world at any time.

Absolute poor pace. -- pure pace.

He

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gets there!

For the line.

He cannot

stop scoring!

Going to score!

Great

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into play. He's onto the post. One

of the most sensational lines

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Pulkkinen's ever seen.

75

international tries between them,

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I'm delighted to say, Philip Studd

Andre, former France winger and head

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coach. Toulon's Chris Ashton, and JP

Pietersen of South Africa and

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England alongside me this evening. I

think you two would have played well

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together.

We are always is. -- we

are all wingers. This is great for

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too long.

This is a home fixture for

all of you, it is not too far from

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your new home, you are arriving in

Toulon at the same time. Things

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couldn't be going better view on the

pitch, Chris. Have you subtle in?

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With have and I thought, to be

honest. I'm enjoying the rugby down

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there, that's why I went there, to

play rugby and scored tries. I

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didn't think it will look might

would go as well as it has done, it

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has to do with the team that I'm

playing in.

You are onto a club

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record.

A league record!

He will

win.

It is going well for you.

Yes,

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I would love Chris to give me a

couple of tries, but he's doing it

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himself. Coming to Toulon is a good

experience, playing against

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world-class players, an awesome

experience is so fast bike you get

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to a certain age when the heat and

weather is beneficial

for you fast

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guys.

I'm from South Africa, I love

the scrum.

I'm from Wigan, it's very

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different!

First Six Nations game

for France outside of Paris, they

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have played here many times and have

a very good record, nine wins of 11,

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some of them against the best in the

world, like New Zealand. They will

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be hoping some of that magic will

rub off tonight on Jacques Brunel's

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side.

Yes, we need some magic. We

need a win, we are desperate. It is

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a French team, the supporters, it's

a fantastic venue, this stadium is

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amazing. Last game we played against

Fiji and we won very easily. We are

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hoping for a good win for the French

team.

50,000 here tonight, this is a

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rugby hotbed. It is a really

passionate area of France for rugby.

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Yes, but we are sad, we can see that

the French team are struggling. Last

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time we play Fiji it was sold out,

60,000 people. The Six Nations in

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Marseille, just 50,000 people,

because the French team hasn't won

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for nearly one year.

They are voting

with their feet tonight. Will we

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notice a different atmosphere to

Paris?

Yes, it is a different

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atmosphere. I'm sure the supporters

will be behind the team for 80

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minutes. A lot of kids, you know, a

lot of clubs around

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lot of clubs around Toulon. It's

fantastic so far for the development

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of our sport.

Chris, it's a great

stadium, a fantastic amphitheatre.

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Yes, I like the way that France do

this, move around and play in

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different stadiums. Like Philip

said, the French have got a lot on

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their plate tonight, they have a lot

of change with coaches and players

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and I think it's great they have a

lot of young players coming into

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night playing. It takes time to work

and relationships on the way you

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play with each other. The last two

game, they have got better,

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hopefully we will see more

improvement.

We will talk more about

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that, and all

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that, and all of the new personnel

that have come into bank study of

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pitch shenanigans. Let's remind

ourselves of how things went a

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couple of weeks ago in Round 2.

Kolarov she meets Joe Smit. Ireland

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meet Italy. -- Conor O'Shea. The

simple question, by how many would

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Ireland win? Would there be a price?

Their word. Robbie Henshaw's

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dislocated shoulder. Any comfort for

Italy? Three tries.

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It was a question asked by Eddie

Jones. Are you up for it? England's

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kicking game spot on. And the chase.

England's passing game, spot on. Joe

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Launchbury's, the very best. Two

tries for Johnny made. This was

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going only one way. Until the moment

of the match.

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going only one way. Until the moment

of the match. Question, try, yes or

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no? Question, whose first of the

ball. Good questions, wrong answer.

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The first by England.

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England, Wales, water to cool

tempers.

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To make the colours run. To run, and

to slide, and to make the tackle of

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the round. England still right on

track.

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Getting back contract, teams that

will face England in rounds ahead.

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The real France, the real

Scotland...

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Thomas for his second. They sway

back and forth until France swayed

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out on their feet. The tireless

Greig Laidlaw carried Scotland home.

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Mo here is the table as we enter

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Greig Laidlaw carried Scotland home.

Mo here is the table as we enter

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Round 3. Pretty grim reading,

Jacques Brunel's team have a losing

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bonus point from both their games.

It's going to come in a minute,

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believe me! They lost by last than

seven points. Ireland against Wales

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is the early game tomorrow. What are

there is the table, just everything

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I said, really!

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there is the table, just everything

I said, really! . The cup is an at

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4pm tomorrow. Coverage starts in the

UK.

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4pm tomorrow. Coverage starts in the

UK. Philip, eight players dropped

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from the squad because of

disciplinary matters. Of course,

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France with the two defeats in the

opening game, eight defeats in a row

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now. Jacques Brunel's start couldn't

have got any worse. It seemed like a

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big statement to drop those players.

Do you think he would have been so

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bold if their opponents were not

Italy tonight was going to be

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honest, we were poor in discipline

on the pitch

and we were poor

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invisible and outside the pitch. You

have to make some decision. He

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dropped Teddy Thomas, the best

player for the French team. At the

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beginning of the Six Nations, that

was a big call. But you need

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discipline, you need guys who are

professional. And you want to be

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much, much better. I think it was

the right decision at the right

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moment.

Fitness is always a question

mark over French teams. You are

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experiencing club life for the first

time in France over the last season.

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Have you noticed a difference in the

intensity in training of what you

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would have expected, perhaps, back

home in the UK, and how training was

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that?

Not necessarily in training,

but the game, definitely. It's a lot

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slower, there are a lot of most

reduce. I have definitely noticed

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that, and that can affect a week in,

week out, your fitness levels.

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Contacts are high, but fitness is

their important an international

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love. I for one reason or another,

perhaps the Ireland game was the

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exception, the Scotland game,

though, with that 70 minutes, they

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held onto the lead to lose with ten

minutes to go, this looked like a

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dropping off of the intensity with

that.

We played quite well doing 60

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minutes. When we saw Scotland, they

whisper sprinting to the line-out

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was all they were sprinting. After

the game, we started to be tired,

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but our bench did not bring any

think you know, because you lost

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with 23 players, and the bench is

completely changed after the game

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against Gotland because our wingback

player was very poor against the

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Scotland.

Remarkably, only five

players survived from both sides

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during this fixture last night years

ago. One man back in this side

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hasn't started a six mentions game

since 2015, he has been suspended

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from the club, came back at the

weekend, is he on the kind of form

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that is going to make a difference

for France tonight? What will he

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bring?

He's been great all season.

He is a club captain, a very

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experienced player whether our team.

He is

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He is in this. -- within our team.

He always plays well for too long,

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and I'm sure he can play well

tonight, he expects a lot from

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himself and will put together a big

performance tonight.

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himself and will put together a big

performance tonight.

What's he like

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to train with and have around in

this quad?

He is a guy with lots of

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character. He brings a lot of colour

to the changing room. But he's a man

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that carries his heart on his

sleeve, and you will see a lot

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emotion. I think tonight he is going

to bring a big game, and he wants to

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put his name on the jersey, he wants

to be the number 13 for France.

A

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flamboyant character. He does a

forward roll every time he enters

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the arena wherever he is playing,

we'll watch out for this this

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evening. Another of your team-mates,

YouGov of, is playing fullback

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tonight. Another character, -- Hugo

Bonneval. What is he like to have

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around?

Tonight is a great

opportunity for him. He's been

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desperate to play for France

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opportunity for him. He's been

desperate to play for France for a

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while now. Getting to 27 and only

being online caps, I think you'll be

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do is appointed with that. I hope

you will take this opportunity

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tonight. If he gets time and space

he can take these opportunities and

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make tries. He's been doing it for

Toulon and he has always done it in

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the side Francais, I hope he plays

well tonight.

He is married to the

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tennis player Tatiana Ogof and, in

celebrity in France, part of a

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celebrity couple. We said the

discipline has been disappointing

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for France. One player they can

always rely on, we have seen it time

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and time again, the captain, he is

always so you leads by doesn't he,

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OEM goer don't.

-- grey Jurado. We

have had enough of losing.

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have had enough of losing. In

Scotland, he was desperate to win. I

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think today he will be a key player.

He will win the gain line. It is

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very, very important. He knows this

stadium very well.

France know the

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last time they lost their opening

two game in the Six Nations they

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ended up with a Wooden Spoon. They

have marked this one with the one to

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win. Let's get more thoughts from an

Englishman plying his trade in

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France right now. Lee McKenzie is

here.

Assistant coach in Bordeaux.

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We have heard the guys talking about

what it's like from a playing

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perspective. From a coaching

perspective, day-to-day, what is the

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Top 14 like?

It's very different to

Super Rugby and our league in

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England. It's more powerful, yes,

but they play at a slower pace. That

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slower pace is not a great

preparation ground for international

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rugby as we have seen with the

French team reason least popular it

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is also a very lucrative

Championship in terms of finances.

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It brings

of a lot of foreign

players. Is that to the detriment of

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the French national side?

I don't

think it is the biggest problem they

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have. We have talked about the slow

place of the game. -- slow pace. The

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coaching has not been as good, it

has been very stop - start. It is a

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long season, the players and

knackered. They can't ever get a

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good pre-season in, affecting their

physical conditioning. Those factors

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are bigger than the foreigners, I

think.

You were working with Jacques

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Brunel, the now French coach, a

former Italian coach as well. You

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were talking to him a few minutes

ago. What is he like? Is he the

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right man to steer the French ship

through choppy waters?

They are in a

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difficult situation. He talked to me

about maybe taking the job, I

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thought he had dementia Oh! After

all we talked about earlier, the

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problems you have had, it's going to

be with one hand behind your back

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straightaway. But he is calm, he can

get everyone together. He is the

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French Yoda!

Has he got the measure

of this French side? It has been to

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mould to us since the Edinburgh

match, eight players have been

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dropped. How cohesive will the team

beaten like?

They are kick short of

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beating Ireland, they should have

beaten Scotland. After what happened

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in Edinburgh, there were problems,

more they need a performance tonight

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because the French rugby nation is

not happy at all.

Thanks very much,

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Joe.

You can tell he has been here

longer because he is adopting a

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swish, chic scarf that, Chris! It

will be one of those until you have

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one of those in your wardrobe, I'm

sure! Time to turn our attention is

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to Italy, their coach, Tom O'Shea, a

former Ireland international, he

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takes charge for the how time flies!

We have been to visit him at his

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home in Lake Garda to reflect on his

time in the Azzurri.

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What's it like when you walk around

places like this, do you get

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recognised now?

I think we chose

here because it's right in the

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middle, you know, it's an hour and

20 for me to get it a reserve and

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the same to get to Palmer.

You flew

-- are you fluent in Italian?

I

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tried, I did an intensive course

one-on-one, it was pretty tough. But

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when it comes to rugby, I have no

problems communicating.

Has there

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ever been a culture clash between

the Italian players and the Irish

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coach?

Family, no. I think Irish and

Italian people are very reasonable.

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-- Donnelly. Even though Italian or

incredibly intense and passionate,

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they are incredibly relaxed in many

ways. We don't want to change too

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much too quickly.

How important is

it to immerse yourself in the

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culture in order to understand your

players?

I think it's vital

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anywhere, isn't it, to understand

how day-to-day living works. And

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operates.

For you, the tea, Matlab.

It's very like Ireland. It is that

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culture of being a family and being

around each other. We go out for a

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team meal together and Sergio will

take all of the phones off. It will

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be no phones. Everybody, you cannot

have your phone.

How did that go

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down?!

They love it, when you're

together, you want to be together,

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which is lovely.

Is it changing the

Irishman in new?

I'm under warning

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from my wife not to change, so!

Italy haven't made the football

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World Cup this summer. Is that an

opportunity for rugby, do you think?

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In many ways it is a pivotal moment

for sport in this country, because

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football is the religion. I am a

glass half full person, and I think

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it's a national disaster but it

could be a great thing for Italian

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sport, because they genuinely now

need to make a change.

What's the

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biggest single thing holding back

Italian rugby right now?

Well,

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there's a lot of things holding

back, but we're beginning to move

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forward. And you can see we're

making very, very small that

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structurally creating a team. You

are beginning to see some young

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players, against Ireland, ten

players with under ten caps. Now,

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you have to start somewhere. We have

the experience, but these young

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players, they are like a new

mentality, and if we get them that

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with every passing month and they

are learning at this level against

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teams that, they are licking their

lips when they are playing us, they

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come out with a different mentality,

there is changing our mentality and

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possession and what other people

think of us. And they are changing

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what the players they play against

think.

How vital was it that Sergio

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Parisse a hug on and you managed to

persuade him not to retire?

He is

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incredible, not just on the pitch.

He is incredible of the pitch.

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Sebastian Negri, Giovanni Licata,

these guys are young, I want them to

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bleed him dry of every bit of how he

prepares his last off the pitch,

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first on the pitch, hopefully in ten

years' time we are sitting in rain,

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having a beer together, watching an

incredibly competitive and strong

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Italy -- sitting in Rome.

You judged

on results?

I know I'm going to get

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judged, I'm not stupid, I've been in

sport all my life. I will be judged.

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People will be telling me what my

win- lost ratio is, this is rubbish

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and that is rubbish. Everyone has an

ego, it would be wrong by off but I

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am here, I hope, to do the right job

for Italian rugby. If that takes a

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couple of years and if that means

somebody else inherit a young team

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with massive potential, I'm actually

not bothered.

Well, lifestyle looks

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lovely. Getting wins, though, for

any Italian coach is an elusive

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commodity, isn't it? They are very,

very precious and hard to come by.

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Progress is being made? The thing

is, his coaching record, he's been

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through the clubs coming he's been

through London Irish, he worked for

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the review and was at Harlequins for

six years with great success. It was

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natural caps, Dolphin neighbours,

but he wanted to take that into

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international coaching. As what

Jonathan Davies. He wanted to help

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develop the players at the clubs and

strengthen the clubs. Do you think

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he has done that? You watch more of

the pro 14, perhaps, than any of our

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commentators dubbed I think he has.

I think Treviso have done a lot

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better

this year the structure, they

are getting better, they are getting

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results, they are playing against

Leinster, Munster, Glasgow, Cardiff

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Blues and by scholars, they are

improving and they are testing

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themselves. The one thing they are

going to struggle is their game

0:21:430:21:46

management. You have to grasp very

early as a kid, you know, you

0:21:460:21:50

flourish as a player, or it takes

time. The only way that will happen

0:21:500:21:54

is if they get the experience of

those games in the pro 14. Then it

0:21:540:21:58

is a massive step up. I can see why

they are targeting tonight's match.

0:21:580:22:06

They might run the French ragged,

but you've got to look at the two

0:22:060:22:10

sides, the French have maybe got 14

better players than the Italians, a

0:22:100:22:14

long way to go for Conor.

As you

say, development is slow. In Italy,

0:22:140:22:20

a lot of people don't realise, they

don't play any sport at school after

0:22:200:22:25

15, and they don't play any rugby at

all at school, they have to find

0:22:250:22:30

their rugby in grass roots. They

haven't got a culture is so much of

0:22:300:22:33

grassroots sport in the way that we

have got used to in Britain.

That is

0:22:330:22:37

where the game management comes, the

understanding of the game at what

0:22:370:22:41

they do go ring that game. That will

only happen when they put themselves

0:22:410:22:45

up against the best rugby players.

It is a tough ask for them. I can

0:22:450:22:49

clearly see in the pro 14 this year,

the fitness is getting better, the

0:22:490:22:54

discipline is getting better, the

commitment is getting better,

0:22:540:22:57

they've just got to try and improve

their core skills.

Thank you very

0:22:570:23:02

much. Enjoy, you are about 3000 feet

up in the stadium, the Stade

0:23:020:23:08

Velodrome is very steep! You may

remember this stadium, England's the

0:23:080:23:13

ball team opened their account

injury 2016 against Russia, that

0:23:130:23:16

might be the last time it was on

British to vision. It is a steep and

0:23:160:23:23

majestic stadium, the acoustics are

amazing, as we will hear in a moment

0:23:230:23:27

when the French Foreign Legion band

plays the amp for us. Let's talk

0:23:270:23:30

more about Italy and the fullback

Matteo Minozzi, he scored against

0:23:300:23:35

England, 21 years old. He is one of

those players, and not see, he has

0:23:350:23:40

got real talent, there's a future

that. -- Minozzi. It is so hard to

0:23:400:23:45

get a team of 15 like with a like

lack of grassroots rugby in Italy.

0:23:450:23:50

Exactly, we know in Italy there is

not enough depth. But he is a

0:23:500:23:56

fullback who is fit and quick and he

is a very, very interesting player.

0:23:560:24:02

I hope that he will not touch the

ball too much today!

In a Sergio

0:24:020:24:07

Parisse they have a player who has

been a magnificent leader for Italy.

0:24:070:24:12

You played against them many times,

you know what it's like, they are

0:24:120:24:16

passionate country and they want to

improve their rugby. But this

0:24:160:24:20

season, you know, they've come up

against teams so far who England but

0:24:200:24:24

might it is so difficult to get

anything out of those teams. Five

0:24:240:24:28

tries, two more than France. You

have got to take those small moment

0:24:280:24:33

and build on them.

In the two teams,

England and Ireland, that they have

0:24:330:24:38

played, those two teams have moved

on so much quicker than the other

0:24:380:24:42

teams and improved so drastically.

Italy are getting better, it's good

0:24:420:24:46

to see that they are getting better.

They need to start well here against

0:24:460:24:50

a French team that needs a win also.

If they start well, I don't see why

0:24:500:24:56

this can't be a close game.

We are

certainly hoping it will be. And the

0:24:560:25:01

lights on a Friday night, it's a

holiday weekend in France, the start

0:25:010:25:05

of the winter holiday for the

French. Will it be a holiday to

0:25:050:25:11

cheer for them? Or will Italy spoil

the party? They had a great comeback

0:25:110:25:20

against Ireland, Italy, scoring

three tries, looking like they were

0:25:200:25:23

getting back into this game. When

they get the ball, they can be a

0:25:230:25:27

real threat going forward.

Exactly.

You know, the French team today, we

0:25:270:25:32

need to look after the ball. It is

not our best depth. We need to look

0:25:320:25:37

after the ball and also we need to

have good discipline.

You will hear

0:25:370:25:42

your commentators, Jonathan Davies,

Joe Worsley, and Eddie Butler in a

0:25:420:25:45

moment. But first, a Mediterranean

edition of the National and bombs by

0:25:450:25:58

the French Foreign Legion band. That

we saw the forward role. I hope he's

0:25:580:26:01

not too exhausted! He's going to

need a bit of energy today, one

0:26:010:26:03

would think, Mattia Binotto row.

0:26:030:26:06

# Allons enfants de la Patrie

Le jour de gloire est arrive

0:26:230:26:31

# Fratelli d'Italia

l'Italia s'e desta

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# dell'elmo di Scipio

s'e cinta la testa

0:26:350:26:37

# Dov'e la Vittoria

le porga la chioma

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# che schiava di Roma

Iddio la creo

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# Fratelli d'Italia

l'Italia s'e desta

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# dell'elmo di Scipio

s'e cinta la testa

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# Dov'e la Vittoria

le porga la chioma

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# che schiava di Roma

Iddio la creo

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# Fratelli d'Italia

l'Italia s'e desta

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# dell'elmo di Scipio

s'e cinta la testa

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# Dov'e la Vittoria

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# che schiava di Roma

Iddio la creo

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# Stringiamci a coorte

siam pronti alla morte

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# Siam pronti alla morte

l'Italia chiamo

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siam pronti alla morte

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# Siam pronti alla morte

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# Allons enfants de la Patrie

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L'etendard sanglant est leve

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# Amour sacre de la Patrie

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COMMENTATOR: Accompanied by

0:29:100:29:11

COMMENTATOR: Accompanied by the band

of the French Foreign Legion, there

0:29:110:29:13

is a very southern fields of this

fixture. Jacques Brunel in the

0:29:130:29:17

centre, the French coach, under

enormous pressure. He has coached

0:29:170:29:22

Italy, he is in charge of a

struggling France. Here they are,

0:29:220:29:26

playing in Marseille, it is a

relatively familiar French side, but

0:29:260:29:30

the coach has made many changes.

Still the leading tackler in the

0:29:300:29:37

Championship. 50 tackles in two

game. Into the three quarters.

0:29:370:29:41

Into the centre, the sizeable Mattia

Binotto law, back after suspension.

0:29:450:29:55

Italy have Sebastian Negri at wing

forward, who was verbally abused by

0:29:550:29:59

Buster

0:29:590:30:03

Buster. They have 234 caps between

them. Will Italy? They pose

0:30:040:30:11

problems. They scored tries, five of

them against France's three.

0:30:110:30:19

The 20-year-old player back off the

bench. Fitness has been an issue for

0:30:260:30:39

him.

0:30:390:30:44

him. That's Couilloud. Wayne Barnes

is today's referee.

0:30:450:30:55

is today's referee. Italy have

targeted this game. They must have a

0:30:550:30:58

chance. There are gaps at the

Velodrome. France have stayed away.

0:30:580:31:02

A sign of the unhappiness of the

whole situation in French rugby. Off

0:31:020:31:11

we go at the Velodrome.

0:31:110:31:20

we go at the Velodrome. Winger

Bellini up with the tackle.

0:31:200:31:24

Doumayrou takes France out of their

22. Hugo Bonneval Al, the full-back,

0:31:310:31:41

his dad Eric was some player. And

Jonathan played against him, didn't

0:31:410:31:47

you?

I did. Fantastic.

Italy. How

daring will they be? Is not the

0:31:470:31:59

biggest, this one. Light but very

sharp. Won't want to get in amongst

0:31:590:32:06

the Giants of the French pack, and

they are massive.

0:32:060:32:17

they are massive. Marcelo Violi

sends the first ball over for Italy.

0:32:170:32:24

Violi again.

0:32:240:32:30

Violi again. Castello, the centre.

0:32:340:32:43

A couple of touches, and Alessandro

Zanni, the highly experienced second

0:32:460:32:57

forward. Capped at 102 today.

0:32:570:33:07

forward. Capped at 102 today. Boni

in the centre. Bastareaud over the

0:33:070:33:10

ball. And France get the penalty.

I

think one thing, the lines have been

0:33:100:33:20

good by France but sometimes you've

got to play in the right areas.

0:33:200:33:23

France will give you opportunities.

Their discipline so it's going to be

0:33:230:33:28

crucial where the game is played

tonight. There could be a lot of

0:33:280:33:30

penalties. -- they are disciplined.

And several stories to get here, the

0:33:300:33:38

Velodrome.

They are playing into

midfield and losing ten, 20 metres

0:33:380:33:44

at a time but then they are getting

options at the bounce back. Like

0:33:440:33:48

Jonathan said, if they play too much

around there, they will have

0:33:480:33:53

problems.

It will be interesting to

see how they play at third man out,

0:33:530:34:02

second man out, they have to stop

them.

0:34:020:34:10

them.

Camara on the tail. A second

go and this time they go forward.

0:34:110:34:25

And they've won themselves a second

penalty. Bastareaud, surprise Mac

0:34:250:34:30

Conner they need to get him down

early. --

0:34:300:34:43

early. -- Bastareaud, ooh, they need

to get him down early. Camara, who

0:34:430:34:51

started all this. Good work by him.

Then the winger, Benjamin Fall.

0:34:510:34:59

Machenaud at scrum-half.

Gabrillagues again. Wayne Barnes

0:34:590:35:09

says, enough, we will go back to the

penalty.

A very interesting

0:35:090:35:14

decision. They need a win, as

they've said. Do they go for goal or

0:35:140:35:20

do they back themselves and go for

the touchline? They haven't made the

0:35:200:35:28

decision yet, have a?

No.

0:35:280:35:33

decision yet, have a?

No. Lionel

Beauxis comes forward and says,

0:35:340:35:37

let's be daring.

I think that was a

good decision from the French team.

0:35:370:35:42

They need to get into this game

emotionally, get these drives on,

0:35:420:35:45

get the line-out. An amazing ball.

The pressure on this team's laments.

0:35:450:35:55

-- the pressure on this team is

immense.

0:35:550:36:00

The surge towards the line,

Gabrillagues with the captain. A

0:36:000:36:07

foot shot.

WHISTLE BLOWS

0:36:070:36:15

There's the ball, there's the line,

there's France's opening try!

0:36:150:36:23

there's France's opening try!

Very

clever play. Good catch and drive

0:36:270:36:30

and this was very close to being a

penalty try, really. The penalty was

0:36:300:36:35

already given and just watch, the

outstretched hands. Comes down, puts

0:36:350:36:39

the ball down. I think it's the

number four among the others. Yes.

0:36:390:36:51

As Jones said, what a start for

France. They took the option to go

0:36:510:36:55

for line-out, good drive, and that

was an easy try for them.

Yes,

0:36:550:37:00

they've got to play to their

strengths. As I've alluded to, the

0:37:000:37:03

pressure on them is enormous.

Talking to people on the street,

0:37:030:37:08

really, really angry with this

French team. That pressure will be

0:37:080:37:12

eased with this early try.

0:37:120:37:18

eased with this early try.

Maxine

Machenaud of the class of 92 in

0:37:180:37:23

Paris.

0:37:230:37:28

Slides it wide. Just the five

points. But what a five points.

0:37:350:37:41

France needed the big start.

But as

we've said, it comes with the

0:37:410:37:46

discipline. They end up in their own

22, it came with the penalty, and

0:37:460:37:50

they are back on their own line-out

points down.

It all started with

0:37:500:37:55

that steel from Bastareaud. That is

France's strength. -- with that

0:37:550:38:02

steal.

0:38:020:38:09

steal.

Camara. He's had a good

opening seven minutes.

0:38:090:38:20

opening seven minutes. Slimani has

to shift himself off the ball. Bit

0:38:200:38:23

scrappy from France. Not the longest

exit.

Good chase, I think. Watching

0:38:230:38:30

the Italians come blocks. The chase

was good, the off-load, but

0:38:300:38:39

Doumayrou didn't clear so well. Good

from the Italians.

Yes, these top

0:38:390:38:47

teams aren't so efficient at getting

themselves out of their half and

0:38:470:38:53

exposing the other side.

Clever move

by Italy. The old Hans... Oh,

0:38:530:39:02

working it but then that little

knock forward. So inventive but

0:39:020:39:06

frustrating for Italy. You don't

want the stare of Vahaamahina coming

0:39:060:39:13

your way!

If you're going down that

five metre channel, the attacking

0:39:130:39:18

options, not great to be honest.

Yeah, you've got to make a line --

0:39:180:39:27

line break dead after, to be honest.

0:39:270:39:34

Camara, the go to man at the

line-out once again. Taken by

0:39:410:39:46

Tauleigne. Penalty Italy this time.

Little knock-on. Yes, anyway,

0:39:460:39:53

penalty, Italy.

If you watch this

again, I'm not sure if it was

0:39:530:40:01

intentional from Machenaud to just

forget the ball there. He just left

0:40:010:40:04

it behind and it didn't go too well

for the French. I'm quite surprised.

0:40:040:40:11

That they've gone for the touchline.

Well, they love a driving maul, the

0:40:110:40:18

Italians. Don't think the penalty

was there.

Machenaud - look. I think

0:40:180:40:29

it was him who helped the oncoming

player because he had left the ball

0:40:290:40:32

behind.

Italy claim possession.

Maul, says Wayne Barnes.

0:40:320:40:47

Vahaamahina, a sort of serial

offender. Italy will take the

0:40:470:40:52

advantage of the advantage. What a

surge by Italy! What a response by

0:40:520:40:56

the Italians!

If you love a maul,

you should be here tonight!

Comes up

0:40:560:41:07

with the ball.

As they said earlier,

if you do that you are going to get

0:41:070:41:13

a penalty. They've got a free play

straightaway. They know they can

0:41:130:41:16

take the point of they want to but

they are so, you know, they are all

0:41:160:41:21

over the place, this French pack of

forwards. Bill discipline and then

0:41:210:41:27

is an easy, easy try for the

Italians. That will give them a lot

0:41:270:41:31

of confidence. -- poor discipline

and then it is an easy, easy try.

0:41:310:41:40

You make errors like that at this

level you are going to pay, you are

0:41:400:41:45

going to pay.

0:41:450:41:51

going to pay.

He's just spoken to

Wayne Barnes after seeing the replay

0:41:510:41:54

and gone, hang on a minute. You

know, he hasn't grounded that. Let's

0:41:540:41:59

have a look.

It was that last angle,

wasn't it?

Guess, just watch.

0:41:590:42:11

CROWD BOOS.

THE ITALIANS HAVE LINED

UP FOR A RESTART SO I WOULD SAY HE

0:42:230:42:32

MIGHT GIVE A PENALTY TRY FOR THE

COLLAPSE.

I BELIEVE IT IS A BLUE

0:42:320:42:38

HEAD GOD.

0:42:380:42:45

-- I believe it is a blue head

guard. Number six.

0:42:460:42:56

guard. Number six.

Lauret, number

six.

This could be a double whammy

0:42:580:43:02

for the Italians.

0:43:020:43:07

for the Italians.

He's not grounded

but neither did Lauret bring it

0:43:120:43:13

down.

It's the number eight, is it?

Number six? Lauret is there. That's

0:43:130:43:23

the best angle. I don't think he

intentionally takes it. So difficult

0:43:230:43:26

to see from that angle.

0:43:260:43:36

I think it's number eight, is it?

From the far right, Tauleigne... I

0:43:370:43:44

don't think they are going to name a

culprit but the penalty try... It's

0:43:440:43:50

coming. Wayne Barnes awards the

penalty try and Italy take the lead.

0:43:500:43:56

No conversion these days with a

penalty try. 7-5 Italy.

Well, that's

0:43:560:44:05

some start, Joe.

Yes, turn up that

pressure gauge again!

If you catch

0:44:050:44:13

that drive you are in your element.

Lionel Beauxis. Up high. On comes

0:44:130:44:24

the chase and that's very well

taken... By Negri. That's a good

0:44:240:44:34

drive by the veteran hooker,

Ghiraldini, who plays his club rugby

0:44:340:44:38

in France at to lose. -- at

Toulouse. Negri again. And Violi

0:44:380:44:49

weights.

0:44:490:44:54

weights. Parisse got a hand to it.

Knock-on by the Italian captain.

0:44:550:45:04

Still one of the best ball-carriers

in the Italian side, Ghiraldini.

0:45:040:45:12

Still thinking, or you've got to do

is play and France will give you

0:45:120:45:19

opportunities. They crank up the

pressure on themselves.

Yes, it'll

0:45:190:45:26

be interesting to see what they've

been given of the game plan because

0:45:260:45:29

they've been trying to evolve the

playing side, the attacking side of

0:45:290:45:33

their game. And they could go for a

territory game, which would be a

0:45:330:45:37

good strategy.

The interesting to

see how much pressure Italy exit

0:45:370:45:42

here. -- it will be interesting. We

won't know about the Latin challenge

0:45:420:45:51

at the moment but it does involve a

lot of heavyweight work upfront.

0:45:510:45:56

Yes, those players in their

armchairs tonight must be loving

0:45:560:46:00

this! Can't get enough!

Straight to

the knee, that's what he said. I've

0:46:000:46:06

got no idea.

0:46:060:46:15

Zanni and the much less

0:46:160:46:22

experienced Paul abbey -- Paul

Gabrillagues.

0:46:300:46:41

Gabrillagues. Here goes Guirado. Not

just the leading tackler but also

0:46:420:46:45

one of the great ball-carriers.

Those front row charges have earned

0:46:450:46:54

France the penalty. Again, it's that

free play. Beauxis has a go on his

0:46:540:47:01

own. Quick delivery.

0:47:010:47:06

Bastareaud, off his wing. Has a go.

0:47:060:47:15

Guirado sets it up. Lauret looks for

the pass! Flicks one out! Pushed to

0:47:150:47:28

the ground but that's the goal line

in the background! France come up

0:47:280:47:32

the short side through Tauleigne.

The power of the number eight. A bit

0:47:320:47:39

closer. A few more options.

0:47:390:47:49

Italy have at least slowed up the

delivery.

0:47:490:47:55

Slimani and Guirado have been

involved from the start. Takes three

0:48:020:48:06

to drive in there and then he gives

away the penalty. Bastareaud...

0:48:060:48:14

Poirot arriving.

I tell you what,

you didn't say advantage over.

0:48:140:48:20

That's what he was asking. -- he

didn't say. I think the French

0:48:200:48:29

forward hit the line, he had to give

the ball out wide, there were

0:48:290:48:32

numbers on the left and he didn't

see the support on the left. And now

0:48:320:48:38

they are back on the halfway line.

That's a very good kick by Allan. A

0:48:380:48:47

chance missed?

Definitely. It's a

great move to do, hitting flat on

0:48:470:48:55

the line, because the Italian

defence is not reading that at all

0:48:550:48:58

well.

This is the pass, I think.

Beautiful. He's got to throw it to

0:48:580:49:04

the left, looks straight through,

he's got to give it! Censure,

0:49:040:49:10

full-back and winger outside. --

centre, full-back.

Italy remain in

0:49:100:49:18

front, two points ahead and in

possession. That hasn't gone very

0:49:180:49:23

far. Brilliantly taken by Fall.

Bastareaud, quite happy to be a

0:49:230:49:37

distributor. This is Doumayrou.

Inside.

0:49:370:49:49

Inside. Beauxis again. Write the

first tackle. Up to the -- rides the

0:49:490:49:58

first tackle, up to the line.

Forwards, backs combining. Poirot

0:49:580:50:09

takes it on. Good footwork from

Machenaud.

A great sequence from

0:50:090:50:17

France here. Attacking high on the

line.

Tauleigne! Inches short!

0:50:170:50:28

Machenaud looks left, looks left,

hangs on himself. Well tackled. It

0:50:310:50:40

comes out to Boni and off he goes,

the centre. Excellent passing by

0:50:400:50:44

Italy. And then it is hoofed

downfield. The pressure on one knee.

0:50:440:50:53

The follow-up tackle.

0:50:530:51:02

Tried to buy a penalty then. Ordered

to play on.

0:51:050:51:16

to play on. France re-consolidate

their position.

They are slowing it

0:51:160:51:23

down. They kicked straight out and

that was a poor kick. They've just

0:51:230:51:28

blown two try scoring chances there.

The first one on Lauret went through

0:51:280:51:33

and then they've got so many numbers

on their left, they lost the ball --

0:51:330:51:36

they lost the ball beyond the ruck.

If they go down left, they score...

0:51:360:51:43

I've no idea. They lose the ball and

they are away. I've no idea if they

0:51:430:51:50

scored or not.

You can see they've

blown a couple of good try scoring

0:51:500:51:57

opportunities. This is why the

French team are not the team they

0:51:570:51:59

should be.

You have to say, Boni led

the tackle and then let the counter

0:51:590:52:06

from his own line.

Just that little

bit of composure when it's on...

0:52:060:52:14

Here we are.

0:52:140:52:19

Here we are. Just checking whether

France have scored again.

0:52:190:52:29

They don't sound very convincing,

the pair of them, to be honest. He

0:52:330:52:40

says, are you sure it's not a try?

I'm sure the boys in Stuart will

0:52:400:52:47

have a look at that at half-time. --

in

0:52:470:53:00

in steward.

Parisse, locks it down.

First time we've seen Mbanda on the

0:53:000:53:15

ball. Progress now from Italy. They

have the one try to their name.

0:53:150:53:26

Trying to string something together.

0:53:260:53:35

It is a bit too clever. Sergio

Parisse let go past his chest and it

0:53:360:53:43

took the other players by surprise.

His reaction was too slow. He

0:53:430:53:50

knocked it on. Thought they would

get it. Plenty of opportunities,

0:53:500:53:55

especially for France.

Also, the

intensity of this match, you watch

0:53:550:54:01

the game they played last week,

sorry, two weeks ago, and then the

0:54:010:54:06

England game after, the intensity,

and we are seeing that again

0:54:060:54:08

tonight.

0:54:080:54:16

tonight.

After 60 minutes, they were

out on their feet and Conor O'Shea

0:54:160:54:21

would have noticed that. He has

worked on fitness and wants to keep

0:54:210:54:25

the tempo going.

Quickest ball. They

are playing a lot outside

0:54:250:54:35

Bastareaud. I suppose Italy must

think he's coming their way but he's

0:54:350:54:38

letting it go.

That's a good option

because we saw earlier, France had a

0:54:380:54:43

move where Bastareaud came on the

shoreline and all committed to him.

0:54:430:54:47

If they had been correct they might

have scored because that was a bad

0:54:470:54:52

pass. A lot of chances around that.

I think they drifted early on and

0:54:520:55:02

could have shown and gone. That will

come later in the game. He is 20

0:55:020:55:06

stone. Use them as a decoy, but from

first phase, you've just got to give

0:55:060:55:14

it to him, stick it up your jumper

and charge down the middle and then

0:55:140:55:17

go!

0:55:170:55:19

None of those front rower are as

heavy as him combined!

0:55:240:55:34

heavy as him combined! Good, quick

ball from the scrummage. Violi comes

0:55:350:55:38

on to it. Boni... Minozzi, again,

not the biggest, but well delivered.

0:55:380:55:46

A change of direction. Parisse...

Didn't try to let that one go.

0:55:460:55:53

Slightly on his own.

0:55:530:55:58

Boni twists and turns and delivers.

0:56:030:56:11

He is the New Zealander. In blue.

0:56:110:56:26

Lovotti again. Going nowhere. Had to

be wary of that, Bonneval. Oops!

0:56:260:56:38

Oops! Foul!

0:56:380:56:46

Oops! Foul!

I don't think you knew

what he was doing there. Good option

0:56:460:56:50

for the Italians, good space for

them to go into. Had they carried on

0:56:500:56:54

playing, we might have seen another

turnover by Bastareaud back in their

0:56:540:56:58

half. But good kicking and then

France messed up another exit.

It's

0:56:580:57:04

a treacherous little beast, the

bouncing rugby isn't it?

0:57:040:57:15

Budd, loses it as he came down to

earth. Gets the rebound.

0:57:170:57:26

This could be interesting.

Bastareaud, lets it go. France.

0:57:310:57:42

Inside pass but it's gone out of

play.

Yes, great play by the French.

0:57:420:57:49

Did exceptionally well. Around the

outside.

0:57:490:57:55

outside. Not sure what happened to

instigate this. Whether they were

0:58:000:58:04

going for a quick throw in and they

stopped it, but I'm sure that TMO

0:58:040:58:09

will have a good look at this.

I bet

the words pushing and shoving only

0:58:090:58:15

come into it!

0:58:150:58:23

come into it!

I'm just looking at it

now. There is an arm and it's not

0:58:230:58:27

late.

A good tackle by Minozzi. And

then Ruzza, who is known for his

0:58:270:58:36

strong running.

Nice tackle, lined

him up, a great tackle. Used the

0:58:360:58:45

defender. I think there was nothing

wrong with... A good arm tackle, he

0:58:450:58:53

said.

They are still sort of going

off a bit down there.

0:58:530:59:07

All restored.

0:59:080:59:18

They are having the French

television replay, so I'm not sure

0:59:310:59:35

where they are...

They are missing

for the good stuff! They throw. To

0:59:350:59:42

the experienced second row. Violi.

Is not much

0:59:420:59:53

Is not much room for Benvenuti to do

much there.

You saw them falling on

0:59:551:00:01

the floor, they were under pressure.

Violi just dived on the ball.

An

1:00:011:00:10

insane option from Italy there.

Thanks for that(!) Space for one,

1:00:101:00:20

dies on the ball and gives the

penalty away. -- dives on the ball.

1:00:201:00:28

That with very well-placed. It is

the daring option and the daring

1:00:281:00:32

kick. Benvenuti saying, thanks a lot

for this! I'm in trouble here!

1:00:321:00:45

What is Italian for hospital?! I'm

not sure!

He sends the ball back, as

1:00:481:00:53

ever, into Guirado. Camera surname

takes exception to being held. It is

1:00:531:01:00

there for France on the ground for

Machenaud. Burrow. A good extra half

1:01:001:01:07

meter made by the pop. -- Poirot. --

by the prop. This is where he is so

1:01:071:01:15

dangerous, Bastareaud. Ghiraldini

with the tackle.

That is the third

1:01:151:01:23

time they have been hit like this.

Penalty option a game for France.

1:01:231:01:27

Laurette.

1:01:271:01:33

Laurette. -- Lauret. Italy's

defending good, but still an

1:01:331:01:37

advantage. Camara surname. --

Kamara.

1:01:371:01:45

Kamara. Wayne Barnes goes back to

the original penalty. Surely this

1:01:461:01:50

time... Bonneval has other ideas.

I

think the communication isn't right,

1:01:501:01:58

the fullback and the stand-up, when

they've made the yards, instead of

1:01:581:02:03

getting it out wide when they've got

an overlap, they are going one

1:02:031:02:06

extra. The Italians are not

committing and the defence is

1:02:061:02:10

organised. Just better communication

from the French to say, look, it's

1:02:101:02:14

on now, you've got to give it.

He is

completely correct, the big

1:02:141:02:20

occasion, the emotion, the French

are putting in the hard yards but at

1:02:201:02:23

the right moment they are not making

the right call, as we saw their debt

1:02:231:02:27

against quite -- as we saw there yet

against point Yacouba Camara against

1:02:271:02:35

Maxime Mbanda.

1:02:351:02:40

Maxime Mbanda.

Sergio, adjust the

line, please, remember it's on the

1:02:411:02:44

try line.

Italy have to get back

behind the goal line. Maxime

1:02:441:02:50

Machenaud, this too but France in

the lead as we approach the

1:02:501:02:54

half-hour mark. -- this to put

France in the lead. France in

1:02:541:03:01

Marseille do take the lead.

1:03:011:03:08

28 minutes, they have taken a one

point, you know, margin. They are in

1:03:111:03:16

the game. Most of the game has been

played in their half. I think maybe

1:03:161:03:21

we should turn the big French park

and just make them play, come into

1:03:211:03:26

their own 22. As Joe said, the extra

plan hasn't been going well. He is a

1:03:261:03:31

massive Kickl, but doesn't seem to

be wanting to take the option.

Lets

1:03:311:03:35

it go out of play. The first basic

error made by Italy. They have

1:03:351:03:45

defended stoutly. Such errors as

that, based at to hurt you.

That is

1:03:451:03:50

a poor, poor restart. They have been

under the cosh. They have been

1:03:501:03:55

tackled on numerous occasions and

not conceded a penalty. Now, from

1:03:551:04:00

theirs, they can either attack them

on the short side or turn and put

1:04:001:04:03

them under the 22 against.

I imagine

we will see a couple of passes and a

1:04:031:04:08

kick through into the corner. More

pressure.

1:04:081:04:10

Crouch, bind, sat. OK, let's go.

We're going to come a little bit

1:04:251:04:31

less because we're touching heads.

Just a little bit more left. Just

1:04:311:04:36

come left.

, O'Shea with Mike Catt

to his left. Assistant head coach,

1:04:361:04:45

backs coach for Italy.

Just get

stable.

1:04:451:04:54

Jacques Brunel on his left. Julien

Bonnaire, the line-out specialist.

1:04:541:04:59

On the French coaching team.

Crouch,

bind, sat.

And it goes again. Well,

1:04:591:05:11

I mean, we've had a bit of

everything in the first half hour. I

1:05:111:05:15

suppose it's only natural we have a

pause for a bit of scrummage and

1:05:151:05:18

chaos.

Wane does not like repeated

scrums slumming the game down. At

1:05:181:05:26

some point, he'll get the yellow

out.

1:05:261:05:34

You can see they have got road on

the right-hand side, that's why

1:05:351:05:39

they've got three defenders, Italian

defenders -- Bastareaud. It could be

1:05:391:05:44

an eight, nine back row cover,

trying create the extra man.

1:05:441:05:51

Patience, Crouch, bind, set.

I can

imagine that they will go left... Or

1:05:511:05:59

write! No, left they go. Machenaud.

Over half way. That was a thumping

1:05:591:06:06

tackle. Away he comes...

1:06:061:06:13

tackle. Away he comes... Camara in

support, off-load is to Machenaud.

1:06:141:06:20

Interception by Bellini. Slightly on

his own for the moment. Bastareaud,

1:06:201:06:26

brilliant pass off the ground.

1:06:261:06:33

, -- Vahaamahina. Bonneval, Parisse

with a tackle. Leval twists. And its

1:06:331:06:52

Camara again.

1:06:521:06:59

Farhaan Hnia, the back five of the

forwards. -- Vahaamahina. Trying to

1:06:591:07:08

thread one through. No advantage.

Will it be words from the referee?

1:07:081:07:14

Persistent offences now. Quickly

take -- taken by Doumayrou. Tackle.

1:07:141:07:26

Machenaud. Has anybody called it?

They have! Bastareaud looking to

1:07:261:07:30

come off. They take the lead, 22

only. If Bastareaud had got a hand

1:07:301:07:37

to it, it would have been a try.

No,

a penalty, maybe, unbelievable.

You

1:07:371:07:42

know what's happening there now?

Menotti has tried to take the quick

1:07:421:07:48

22 drop out, and he has just wrapped

himself around him, not once, but

1:07:481:07:51

twice.

1:07:511:07:56

twice. Fairplay to melodic, he saw

there was nobody back for France did

1:07:561:07:59

take a quick drop out -- to Menotti.

It was open field for him, Menotti.

1:07:591:08:05

The defender grabbed him twice.

Andrea Lovotti receiving attention.

1:08:051:08:13

Work out the chaos, Jonathan.

This

is a break, he goes in. The off-load

1:08:131:08:19

is good. This is a break, he goes.

There is a couple of off-load is

1:08:191:08:25

late, there. This is the knock-on.

He wraps round Master Rod, hits his

1:08:251:08:31

knees, play on, it's a touchdown,

right -- Bastareaud. It is a great

1:08:311:08:37

tackle by the winger, saves a try.

From there, he tries to take a quick

1:08:371:08:42

22. And it's a penalty. You are

looking as a French coach, you are

1:08:421:08:49

thinking, all of this pressure, all

of this territory, and we are one

1:08:491:08:53

point in front. You know, they just

haven't been clinical enough when

1:08:531:08:57

they have been in the right areas.

One thing we do know, Remy Grosso

1:08:571:09:02

has a hand-off.

He is a big, strong

brood. The first tackle he broke,

1:09:021:09:08

after that he's pretty good, he

doesn't make mistakes getting out of

1:09:081:09:14

his territory.

1:09:141:09:21

Dean Budd is back on his feet, he

will put his little scrum cap back

1:09:221:09:27

on. All is he coming off for, well,

what counts as an HIA nowadays? Who

1:09:271:09:32

knows!

In France he must have a bang

on the knee!

1:09:321:09:38

LAUGHTER

George Biagi comes on for Italy,

1:09:381:09:43

slightly greying of beard now. He's

32 now.

He's from Scotland, isn't

1:09:431:09:50

he?

He was, he was raised there.

1:09:501:09:59

Into touch it goes.

He was in the

stands throwing that back in!

Hugo

1:10:011:10:10

Bonneval he brings something to the

field!

He does, things I haven't

1:10:101:10:15

seen for a while.

1:10:151:10:22

It's noticeable that both sides are

willing to slow down the game

1:10:221:10:26

between plays. Whereas Scotland, for

example, wanted to play at a high

1:10:261:10:30

tempo.

That's what I wanted to get

that earlier, the intensity. It's

1:10:301:10:35

not an intentional thing. It's a lot

slower than the league that we play

1:10:351:10:38

in back in England.

Under pressure.

The first time we've had a penalty,

1:10:381:10:45

then they lose a line-out, they hand

possession of a gander.

Guirado,

1:10:451:10:51

happy to go... Oh, forwards.

Parisse. Yacouba Camara out. Good

1:10:511:10:56

passing by France. Italy trying to

pick off a turnover, don't manage

1:10:561:11:01

it. Chest tackle, says Wayne Barnes,

and allows play to go on. He drills

1:11:011:11:11

one into the 22. Tommaso Benvenuti,

to not. What a kick! -- to Minozzi.

1:11:111:11:24

Well, it's the first time it's

happened, but we've gone aerial.

Too

1:11:281:11:33

far, though.

Minozzi, beats

Bonneval.

1:11:331:11:36

Ghiraldini, slips a good pass.

Sit

down!

Good charge. Lovotti carries

1:11:451:11:51

it on.

Guirado had his head in the

wrong position, there.

Even so, he

1:11:511:12:01

has made 50 tackles, just getting

one wrong is forgiveable!

It's not

1:12:011:12:05

that one you need to worry about,

though.

Off your feet, now. Good

1:12:051:12:10

discipline, good discipline.

You

have line side. They have a look,

1:12:101:12:16

Parisse slips. He has to go to

ground, smack on the halfway line.

1:12:161:12:23

Good play from Italy. The ball is

slowing down now. What are they

1:12:231:12:27

going to do?

Taken on by Ferrari,

the prop. Mbanda is involved again.

1:12:271:12:34

Sligo hand from the number seven. --

sleight of hand.

They have got too

1:12:341:12:41

many men in that ruck, Italy. The

players are white, they take the

1:12:411:12:45

ball. -- the players are wide.

Mbanda. He is Allan.

A bit too far.

1:12:451:13:01

Able to make an easy mark.

Again,

just roll it. Maybe put it into

1:13:011:13:09

touch in the 22, a little bit of

pressure on the Italians. The wrong

1:13:091:13:15

decision, poor execution.

1:13:151:13:22

Sebastian Negri, one hand off and

another bump off. And then the pass

1:13:221:13:29

out of the back of the hand. France

can do exactly the same. The great

1:13:291:13:34

Sergio Parisse. Defended off by

Camara.

The one thing, they need to

1:13:341:13:43

straighten up, they are cramping a

little bit, the French backs.

Biagi

1:13:431:13:50

wins line-out ball. Negri, he has

had several of these charges. They

1:13:501:13:55

are working well. Parisse. Biagi,

blimey, there are people being

1:13:551:14:01

bounced off all over the place.

Mbanda has a go.

He is rushing up.

1:14:011:14:11

It's like an umbrella defence,

trying to stop them getting on the

1:14:111:14:15

outside.

Negri can't quite get that

hand off... France, through Matteo

1:14:151:14:20

Bastareaud. But is it onto the pick.

Italy within three metres of their

1:14:201:14:27

own wine. In danger of giving away a

penalty. They have. -- their own

1:14:271:14:31

line. Well, it with excellent work

again by Bastareaud. Talk about a

1:14:311:14:38

presence on the field. Benjamin Fall

took advantage.

Good play by that

1:14:381:14:46

man there, Bastareaud. He took on

the ball. Lovely kick through. I

1:14:461:14:55

think they might have Guirado of

foreign HIA here, because, yeah...

1:14:551:15:00

-- for an HIA. I think it was maybe

a stinger. They're going to chat

1:15:001:15:07

with him anyway.

See what the

half-time! -- they are going to

1:15:071:15:13

check with him anyway. See you after

half-time! It may not be the longest

1:15:131:15:18

appearance for France's replacement.

There he is. The youngster

1:15:181:15:26

watching... Just watch where his

head was on the wrong side. This is

1:15:261:15:29

a great tackle. He just rips the

ball away, a lovely little kick

1:15:291:15:38

Wi-Fi, just what. The kick. -- by

far, just watch.

1:15:381:15:45

Mattia Binotto -- Mattia Bastareaud

is the captain in the absence of

1:15:481:16:00

Yanda dove. This do but France

further in the lead. -- this to put

1:16:001:16:05

France further in the lead. It's

good! 11-7, there is time for the

1:16:051:16:13

restart.

1:16:131:16:15

, though Alan Woodward very careful

with this. The last one was too

1:16:291:16:34

long. -- Tommaso Allan. The same

sort of landing area, this time

1:16:341:16:38

infield. Pigs it out of play.

Half-time. France lead at the

1:16:381:16:45

velodrome in Marseille by 11-7 --

takes it out of plaster pillock I

1:16:451:16:49

think, with all of the pressure, the

territory

I think, with all of the

1:16:491:16:56

pressure, the territory, I think the

coach will

1:16:561:16:58

pressure, the territory, I think the

coach will be happy. As I said

1:16:581:17:03

earlier, the French will give you

opportunities in their own half,

1:17:031:17:06

they have got to take the penalties.

You know, France, they have got to

1:17:061:17:10

straighten up and be more clinical

in their attack.

And perhaps this

1:17:101:17:18

was the moment by half. France had

just got on the scoresheet and Italy

1:17:181:17:23

to get right back down the other end

of the Beale, decided to get the

1:17:231:17:27

penalty themselves, in the end, the

TMO awarded a penalty try. The kick

1:17:271:17:32

at the end gave France a bit of blue

water between themselves and Italy.

1:17:321:17:37

Four point is the difference. In

terms of the stats, well, as you can

1:17:371:17:42

see, its possession, really, that

France have

1:17:421:17:44

see, its possession, really, that

France have dominated. They haven't

1:17:441:17:45

made enough of it, though. If you

have a look as well at tackles made,

1:17:451:17:54

Italy having to work really, really

hard out there. Guys, it must be

1:17:541:18:00

frustrating for a Frenchman to sit

there and watch,

1:18:001:18:03

frustrating for a Frenchman to sit

there and watch, feeling France have

1:18:031:18:07

so many opportunities. We will show

them squandering so many clear try

1:18:071:18:12

scoring opportunities, making

mistakes and snatching at things,

1:18:121:18:15

basic errors. Are they trying to

hard others might do they want it

1:18:151:18:19

too much?

May be the pressure, but

we are not clinical. Italy can have

1:18:191:18:24

one opportunity and score. We need

to be more patient and precise. So

1:18:241:18:29

many times we are close to the line.

Nobody gives a pass. Also, we are

1:18:291:18:35

penalised because we are criticised

when we are clean. We are in front,

1:18:351:18:42

but Italy are very close to us.

Your

team-mate Mattia Bastareaud has been

1:18:421:18:49

a great force, he has made his

presence felt and good things have

1:18:491:18:52

come. But he has also been involved

in some of those mistakes and

1:18:521:18:56

errors. You said before it is

typical of a French club game, too

1:18:561:19:02

many stops and starts and periods

where nothing is going on.

It has

1:19:021:19:06

been a bit slow, but they have

opportunities to score. You can see

1:19:061:19:11

they are frustrated, he was

frustrated when he missed the

1:19:111:19:13

off-load. In the 22, they need to be

more precise, if they get one or two

1:19:131:19:18

opportunities and score the game

will open up for them. I don't feel

1:19:181:19:22

that Italy have been in the game too

much, the attack is really

1:19:221:19:25

threatening. Mattia have had a good

game in defence and heard a couple

1:19:251:19:30

of good balls over.

What have you

made of Italy?

Italy get one

1:19:301:19:35

opportunity and they will score.

Like Chris said, they are not really

1:19:351:19:42

threatening France on defence.

There's a lot of positives for

1:19:421:19:46

France, but if Italy can be more

clever with the kegs, kicking behind

1:19:461:19:53

-- with the kegs, it will put them

in the game more.

It looked so

1:19:531:19:59

promising for France, good early

decision-making, brave decision

1:19:591:20:02

making, when they could have gone

for the penalty, they went for the

1:20:021:20:05

kick and the line-out, Bastareaud

making great tackles and France. We

1:20:051:20:09

promised you that he would be

forward rolling his way onto the

1:20:091:20:12

pitch, some people suggesting it

might be more of a judo move, I'm

1:20:121:20:16

not sure it's something I recognise

from gymnastics! But he was there,

1:20:161:20:20

he

1:20:201:20:28

he came up with a bang and was

instrumental in creating those

1:20:281:20:31

opportunities.

I think he is the

best player of the French team at

1:20:311:20:33

the moment. He goes forwards, he is

very, very strong. He is strong in

1:20:331:20:36

defence and also he is the captain

of Toulon. He speaks French in the

1:20:361:20:41

Italian team!

That was a big

decision, to go for the kick and the

1:20:411:20:45

line-out.

It was, it was probably a

plan they had at the start of the

1:20:451:20:49

game, they want us is a practice.

Fast.

I wonder who would want to

1:20:491:20:55

talk about all the three winners.

JP, you put your hand up and said,

1:20:551:20:59

this is my area.

There is good

forward play from the French team.

1:20:591:21:05

Also of this try from kick-off,

France did well. They brought Italy

1:21:051:21:11

back in the game, from France's

point of view, if they can exit well

1:21:111:21:15

with the score and put pressure on

Italy I think we will be comfortable

1:21:151:21:19

today.

It was the last thing they

wanted, the ball to go back to the

1:21:191:21:22

other end of the pitch,, so Alan

making another good decision for

1:21:221:21:27

them, a great decision, not to just

take the point.

Exactly. The

1:21:271:21:31

Italians are well organised.

Sebastien gave two easy penalties,

1:21:311:21:39

he was penalised a lot. You give

this easy penalty, we were quite

1:21:391:21:46

lucky, it is a penalty try but it

can also be a yellow card. You know,

1:21:461:21:51

one opportunity for Italy. We were

too soft. And also, we are so strong

1:21:511:21:57

with the forwards, we have so much

going. We must defend and be much,

1:21:571:22:03

much better.

Conor O'Shea's

reaction, he was delighted to see

1:22:031:22:07

his team get back into it so

quickly. As I say, the scoreline

1:22:071:22:10

stayed the same for a long time. And

Italy, it you said, they were not

1:22:101:22:15

creating very much themselves. At

times there were huge gaping holes

1:22:151:22:20

which France were not exploiting,

and they had so many opportunities,

1:22:201:22:23

France, that they blew.

France had a

lot of opportunities.

1:22:231:22:27

France, that they blew.

France had a

lot of opportunities. A good line

1:22:271:22:28

break there.

Why doesn't he off-load

the ball?! He has got all of those

1:22:281:22:34

wingers!

Sometimes it is

communication. We spoke earlier

1:22:341:22:37

about this, there is not enough.

There's not a lot of communication

1:22:371:22:42

coming from the outside. If you look

now, you can see a line break, both

1:22:421:22:48

pressure, but there is no patience,

everybody is brushing each other.

A

1:22:481:22:55

big overlap on the right side, four

guys against two. And we choose the

1:22:551:23:00

wrong side. Also, the French team

are not confident at the moment. We

1:23:001:23:05

lost eight games in a row. Because

of this, we need to be more patient.

1:23:051:23:10

We must come back with seven points.

Sometimes this happens when guys

1:23:101:23:14

don't play together too much. I

don't think these two have played

1:23:141:23:18

together very much at all. The

relationship, you can see there is a

1:23:181:23:22

misunderstanding. He is screaming

for the ball and not getting it.

1:23:221:23:26

Exactly, I think it is a mess of

communication. Also, we go forwards,

1:23:261:23:31

five or six times. Jeffrey pro is

coming like he is in a swimming

1:23:311:23:37

pool, you can't do this excite you

need to scale Nordtveit -- row is.

1:23:371:23:40

Just towards the end of the half.

So

many opportunities, after we are in

1:23:401:23:48

front, we have so many

opportunities. Normally we must be

1:23:481:23:51

14 or 15 points in front, and Italy

are still there.

He has had a big

1:23:511:23:57

impact, though, on the first half,

Bastareaud.

Definitely coming he is

1:23:571:24:02

in great form in Toulon. I can see

he is getting better in the second

1:24:021:24:05

half, I have a feeling he's going to

score in the second half and he will

1:24:051:24:09

be better.

He is not your classic

shape for a centre, if that's

1:24:091:24:13

putting it politely.

He is a proper!

Some might say he would have been

1:24:131:24:17

well-suited up there. Does he have

the fitness to last the distance?

1:24:171:24:23

Will he go for 80 minutes today?

I

don't think fitness is one of his

1:24:231:24:27

best attributes. He is more

physical, strong defence, running

1:24:271:24:31

over people. Thanks Willie, he is

playing the slow game. I agree with

1:24:311:24:35

JP, he will put more and more into

this game and hopefully he will get

1:24:351:24:38

a try. He deserves it.

There was

another moment, I will have to have

1:24:381:24:43

a look at this. You can either

defend him or say this is a cardinal

1:24:431:24:48

sin, but Rossouw has a fantastic

opportunities.

Exactly. We won the

1:24:481:24:53

ball on the line-out. You know, for

once we have a quality of pass. We

1:24:531:25:02

try to do one pass more and

we. This

is fantastic. Bastareaud with a good

1:25:021:25:07

pass. This is very, very good. He

breaks, but after, you need to have

1:25:071:25:16

they on the pitch. We go for 160

metres on this position, he must

1:25:161:25:21

stay inside the pitch. Carry on and

get one or two more. We must be more

1:25:211:25:25

and more patient.

Every time they

have made a break, they seem to be

1:25:251:25:30

on their own. There is just one man

with them, nobody supporting and

1:25:301:25:33

getting up close.

You mentioned the

nine and ten. Most of this team

1:25:331:25:39

haven't played together before in

this commendation, they have lost

1:25:391:25:42

eight members out of the squad, they

already started the Six Nations with

1:25:421:25:46

a lot of new faces, some of them

haven't come back after Matchday

1:25:461:25:49

one. It must be hard to get their

usual.

Exactly, a lot of new players

1:25:491:25:54

in the team, a lot of excitement,

sometimes, but it is also the belief

1:25:541:25:58

of actually, like, they can actually

break the line and score, and they

1:25:581:26:02

are looking with

1:26:021:26:13

confidence. Hopefully the coach can

tell him, believing yourself,

1:26:151:26:17

express yourself, go forward and

score the try is.

The second half,

1:26:171:26:19

we have seen France actually look

weaker in the second half in many

1:26:191:26:21

ways in the first two games. The

opposition here today may

1:26:211:26:24

counterbalance that, you would hope,

for France.

We are OK, 60 minutes. I

1:26:241:26:26

hope we can score a few tries. After

the match we will be very important.

1:26:261:26:30

We have a lot of new players today.

The scrum-half is a good player. I

1:26:301:26:36

hope these guys can bring some magic

during the last 20 minutes.

It is

1:26:361:26:41

tough in the Six Nations, to bring

so many new players throughout this

1:26:411:26:44

time.

You know, the Top 14, we say

it is a very, very long season. It

1:26:441:26:50

is a lot of injuries. We have a

habit to have a lot of injuries.

1:26:501:26:55

Lets for a moment look ahead to

tomorrow. It is Calcutta Cup time.

1:26:551:27:00

Gregor Townsend played in

1:27:001:27:01

tomorrow. It is Calcutta Cup time.

Gregor Townsend played in many of

1:27:011:27:02

those matches, this is his first in

charge of Scotland at head coach. He

1:27:021:27:06

has been looking forward to it with

Lee McKenzie.

What I Dorma memories

1:27:061:27:11

of Calcutta Cup? You have played, I

think, ten?

Are you going to tell me

1:27:111:27:17

how many I have won! It is one! One

at a time.

That was a match that was

1:27:171:27:24

filled with foreboding, or did you

look forward to it?

I did, I

1:27:241:27:28

probably put too much emotion into

it. I'd been a supporter of the

1:27:281:27:32

national team over the 80s and 90s

and seen that game against England,

1:27:321:27:36

it gets you really fired up. As a

player, that came rushing through my

1:27:361:27:41

veins and body. I'm sure it will for

our players.

And will it be through

1:27:411:27:45

maturity or the fact you have a

different role as a coach that

1:27:451:27:58

you have to maybe step back a bit

and keep that emotions in check? It

1:28:001:28:03

is a different role, isn't it?

It

will become. There is a real edge to

1:28:031:28:06

our preparations, it is exciting,

preparing for a team as good as

1:28:061:28:08

England. It is such an important

fixture for everyone in Scotland,

1:28:081:28:10

that is our biggest fixture of the

year, we can't wait to play.

Of

1:28:101:28:14

course, our coverage starts at 4pm

on BBC One tomorrow. Chris, you

1:28:141:28:16

played in many of those Calcutta Cup

matches and you sport in one as

1:28:161:28:18

well. They are the biggest game of

the year. And, certainly. England,

1:28:181:28:23

every game is huge these days, isn't

it, with Eddie Jones on this hunt

1:28:231:28:27

for perfection.

1:28:271:28:28

it, with Eddie Jones on this hunt

for perfection.

Yes, especially

1:28:281:28:30

after last

1:28:301:28:40

year, there hype around the Scotland

team, and there has been this year,

1:28:421:28:45

especially going to Twickenham next

summer last season, the expectation

1:28:451:28:47

was so much more, they got blown off

their feet. England blew them away

1:28:471:28:50

the first 20 minutes. Up in

Scotland, they are expecting a lot

1:28:501:28:52

more of themselves, they want to put

on a better show. It has been mixed,

1:28:521:28:55

the first few games. They will be

looking forward to it, I'm sure they

1:28:551:28:58

are excited about having England up

there.

The Scotland we saw in the

1:28:581:29:00

autumn didn't turn up against Wales

in the opening game, but they went

1:29:001:29:03

back to basics last -- against

France last week. They resorted to

1:29:031:29:09

old style pack takes, Greig Laidlaw

being essential.

He is a fantastic

1:29:091:29:16

for the last 20 minutes. I feel

Scotland were a bit more direct than

1:29:161:29:20

they had been against Wales, you

know? And a bit more precise. After

1:29:201:29:24

with the tempo of the game they knew

that the French team will have a

1:29:241:29:28

better discipline the last 20

minutes, so I think Scotland will

1:29:281:29:34

deserve to beat France.

Grand Slam

for England, do you think they can

1:29:341:29:38

do it?

I hope so. I think they've

got a very good chance. Everyone is

1:29:381:29:43

concentrating on the last game

against Ireland. Every game is tough

1:29:431:29:48

in this competition, especially when

you've got to go and play the away

1:29:481:29:51

games, is hard. Scotland will be

difficult for them tomorrow. The

1:29:511:29:55

position they are in the mentality

they have under Eddie is a one of no

1:29:551:29:59

fear. They keep producing wins, who

knows? Identity why not.

1:29:591:30:09

knows? Identity why not.

Eddie says

he reckons he will have to get 20%

1:30:091:30:11

more out of these players. He thinks

there is a lot more to come, which

1:30:111:30:14

is quite frightening, isn't it? Have

you got to ion Wales tomorrow?

1:30:141:30:17

Definitely, I am named after JP

Williams. It was a good game, Wales

1:30:171:30:21

against Ireland, a lot of

confidence. After they played

1:30:211:30:24

against England, they were not lucky

at Twickenham, it has been a good

1:30:241:30:30

time. Ireland has been the best

attacking side so far in the

1:30:301:30:33

competition, but we will see.

We

shall see. You can see the Calcutta

1:30:331:30:38

Cup on BBC One. Coverage starts at

4pm. Before that, coverage of the

1:30:381:30:42

island- Wales game. -- the island-

Wales game.

1:30:421:30:52

You can use the BBC sport app and

the BBC sport website. The Shuffle

1:30:541:30:59

will be available on Monday morning

with the best bits of Round 3. We

1:30:591:31:03

have it covered for you. Joe is back

with Lee. He hasn't hotfooted it all

1:31:031:31:09

the way back down, as he?

He has

joined me! Front of the upper hand

1:31:091:31:16

at the moment but small margins. Who

will be the happier coach this week?

1:31:161:31:21

Definitely Conor. We prove our

line-out, we get our kicking name --

1:31:211:31:28

kicking game better, we can maybe

steal this match. They dominated

1:31:281:31:33

possession and territory and a

number of chances to convert so the

1:31:331:31:42

French coach will be really, really

peeved at the moment.

It has been a

1:31:421:31:47

match so far for the forwards. Thank

you for your thoughts and

1:31:471:31:51

commentary.

No worries. Catch you

later.

1:31:511:31:56

COMMENTATOR: Yo-yo in the Velodrome!

We are not on a yet! France have

1:32:111:32:16

their captain back on the field.

They have a 4-point advantage. And

1:32:161:32:23

we are off. A change of direction by

Beauxis. Well type -- well taken by

1:32:231:32:35

Mathieu Bastareaud. -- by Bellini.

1:32:351:32:41

Allan for touch.

It be interesting

to see if Italy do change their

1:32:461:32:56

tactics a bit. They haven't had a

lot of possession to change their

1:32:561:33:02

tactics, really. As everyone said,

it's been clinical. The French have

1:33:021:33:08

just got to be a bit more clinical,

better communication.

They've been

1:33:081:33:14

very strong here, France, till now.

And they lose their first line-out

1:33:141:33:17

of the second-half. The first to

attack the line. Wayne Barnes shouts

1:33:171:33:26

at Italy to use it. Violi towards

Benjamin Fall.

Easy take for him.

1:33:261:33:36

Oops, that's a bit high by Zanni.

Wayne Barnes impassive.

1:33:411:33:50

Parisse, got a little knock to it.

1:33:551:34:07

Violi has to use it quickly, and

while he hesitates, France

1:34:071:34:12

counter... Well, they go. Camara!

Great hands! Oh, they've knocked it

1:34:121:34:23

on. That's the best chance they've

had an they've had so many. And

1:34:231:34:30

they've fluffed it again.

Everything

he said at half-time - it's just...

1:34:301:34:39

You just waits and waits, great

counter rucking by the French. He

1:34:391:34:47

tried to take the wind out of it, or

the scrum-half, it was, but they've

1:34:471:34:55

just blown it again, and that's not

the French knock-on. That is touched

1:34:551:34:59

by the Italian and that should be a

French scrum.

No, Taiwan, the second

1:34:591:35:04

one a knock-on by France and he

picked it up in front of him. It

1:35:041:35:09

could be a penalty.

1:35:091:35:14

could be a penalty. -- no, hang on,

the second one was a knock-on by

1:35:161:35:19

France. Tried it up.

1:35:191:35:28

France. Tried it up. Tauleigne will

once more distance but he hasn't got

1:35:281:35:31

it so France still on the attack.

He's got it so well, Castello, and

1:35:311:35:37

then he's throwing the ball back 20

metres.

Essential international

1:35:371:35:43

rugby. You copy giving territory

like that. -- you cannot be giving

1:35:431:35:49

territory.

1:35:491:35:54

This time the line-out is good for

France. Bastareaud. Still

1:35:541:35:59

Bastareaud. The power of the Toulon

centre.

1:35:591:36:08

centre. This is Tauleigne. Poirot

arrives. Slimani feeds Camara.

1:36:081:36:21

Backwards, high. Poirot delivers.

That just some of the French up at

1:36:211:36:34

the moment. They had a free penalty

and they took the drop goal and a

1:36:341:36:37

free shot to do anything.

If you are

going to have three points anyway,

1:36:371:36:42

have a go, have a crack!

The one

thing that's kind of surprised me a

1:36:421:36:51

bit, I think the French, when they

pick and drive and pick and drive,

1:36:511:36:55

the only do that in the opposition's

22. If they did that near the

1:36:551:36:59

halfway line to commit the Italian

defenders then they would have space

1:36:591:37:02

out wide. When you do it at just

around 22, I'm not sure what the

1:37:021:37:07

thinking is on there their attacking

play.

We've seen them attacking

1:37:071:37:17

around the ruck quite well in the

first half. Why go away from it?

I

1:37:171:37:22

agree with that, but on the halfway

line, they don't do it on the

1:37:221:37:28

halfway line, they just played too

much football. Why don't they do it

1:37:281:37:32

so they can exploit the space is out

wide?

Why do these super organised,

1:37:321:37:40

deep

1:37:401:37:45

deep passes not happen when they

have ball-carriers like that? Here

1:37:451:37:51

he is. Mathieu Bastareaud, the

bulldozer.

1:37:511:38:00

bulldozer.

Ready for him. Look at

his eyes.

Like a matador! Simple

1:38:001:38:09

penalty. France now have double

Italy's total. 14-7.

1:38:091:38:19

Back to the 22.

1:38:191:38:29

They've managed to slip one past

Poirot. Slightly untidy there. Can't

1:38:291:38:37

go directly for touch.

1:38:371:38:44

go directly for touch.

What are they

doing?! What are they doing?!

It is

1:38:441:38:48

just typical of France at the

moment! Wayne Barnes couldn't have

1:38:481:38:52

been clearer.

Take them back! Maybe

if it said it in French it would

1:38:521:38:58

have been a bit clearer for some of

them.

1:38:581:39:07

I don't suppose Italy will be doing

any fancy passing moves now, Joe?

1:39:081:39:14

No, with the success they had in the

first half, we will be seeing that

1:39:141:39:19

again. A lot more difficult to get a

good drive on now, though.

Italy

1:39:191:39:25

have won themselves a penalty. What

do they do now? Do they go for the

1:39:251:39:29

corner again? More of the same?

1:39:291:39:36

corner again? More of the same?

Heat

so well disciplined but gives so

1:39:391:39:42

many penalties away, this man.

The

referee is speaking to them. They

1:39:421:39:48

had some grave areas against

Scotland, gave the game back to

1:39:481:39:51

Scotland.

Here we come. A corner, or

five metres from it.

There it is

1:39:511:40:01

again, Joe.

He's creeping around the

side, he's not moving, the referee

1:40:011:40:08

is saying, get the hell out of there

and he's not doing it. You've got to

1:40:081:40:12

follow orders.

France pick one off.

Italy's problems at the line-out

1:40:121:40:19

continue. Poirot driven back.

1:40:191:40:30

continue. Poirot driven back. Zanni

and Biagi, the second rowers.

1:40:301:40:37

Just outside the 22 again. That's

the weakness so far. If you get in

1:40:441:40:49

that position, especially when you

haven't been having a lot of ball,

1:40:491:40:52

you can't afford... Not that I know

much about line-out, that looks to

1:40:521:40:56

be under throne, doesn't it?

A

fraction, yes. A bit late if

1:40:561:41:04

anything.

But he's a very athletic

player.

Yes, a fantastic line-out.

1:41:041:41:15

Whenever you play against a team and

you start to have difficulty in the

1:41:151:41:18

line-outs.

This time Italy... Oh,

they've knocked it on. Ah, he says

1:41:181:41:25

no, Wayne Barnes.

1:41:251:41:33

Need to squeeze that one back

quickly, Ghiraldini.

1:41:331:41:42

quickly, Ghiraldini.

Bastareaud

again.

Say no more!

1:41:421:41:44

Parisse taken out off the ball.

Penalty. What does he do? His

1:41:501:41:55

captain will make the decision.

He's

flat on his back. I think he's

1:41:551:41:59

milking that one bit.

Very noble of

Wayne Barnes.

They've got to look

1:41:591:42:07

after each other.

1:42:071:42:13

He's enjoying himself, Wayne.

1:42:131:42:17

Again, the pressure from that French

line-out meant Zanni, who caught the

1:42:221:42:27

ball, couldn't quickly relieve the

ball. That's pressure from the

1:42:271:42:30

French, or on the French.

1:42:301:42:32

Is what the lawmakers always want, a

contest for the ball. -- it's what

1:42:391:42:44

the lawmakers want.

1:42:441:42:49

Allan against the backdrop of

Marseille at its unhappiest. The

1:42:541:43:03

crowd says, knock-on. Allan says

three points to us, thank you very

1:43:031:43:09

much. 14-10.

1:43:091:43:14

Beauxis just checked with his

forwards. He's split them into two

1:43:301:43:33

groups. He is going towards Negri.

Mbanda.

1:43:331:43:49

Mbanda. The new scrum-half Gori.

Camara. France safely in possession,

1:43:491:44:04

though not his best pass. Does well

to deliver.

1:44:041:44:16

to deliver. Now, then, it's gone

forward from Bastareaud. There he

1:44:161:44:22

is.

1:44:221:44:27

is.

The French already forcing it.

14 Italians on the front line, one

1:44:281:44:32

guy in the back with acres of space

to Kiptoo and they are still forcing

1:44:321:44:36

on a slow ball. Bad option. -- space

to kick to.

What you try to get on

1:44:361:44:47

the outside of them when you don't

have the numbers... It's not normal

1:44:471:44:54

of a 20 stone centre, especially if

you are running out to Allan.

Maybe

1:44:541:45:01

they have to manage his workload

because he is 20 stone!

The fitness.

1:45:011:45:07

It is a good point. Why have a man

like that on an outside break?

This

1:45:071:45:13

will give him a breather.

1:45:131:45:19

will give him a breather. A bit like

a Top 14 game, the point made at

1:45:221:45:26

half-time. On the money there. A

real physical match, an arm wrestle.

1:45:261:45:32

A few tactical errors, a few clicks.

They've managed to sort out part of

1:45:321:45:38

their game, the line-out. -- a few

kicks. Sorting out there kicking.

1:45:381:45:52

Crouch! Bind! Set!

1:46:021:46:10

Doesn't seem to be any kind of

leadership from the French

1:46:131:46:18

half-backs at the moment. Beauxis

directing play. This is a must win

1:46:181:46:27

game and you have England home,

Wales away and New Zealand in the

1:46:271:46:32

summer. You know, you'd think you'd

fancy this came first.

1:46:321:46:42

fancy this came first.

The young

number eight, he is at my club, very

1:46:421:46:45

much new to the situation, not the

most vocal of players. Not somebody

1:46:451:46:50

who can speak out very much. But the

captain, one who can speak out to

1:46:501:46:55

the team, but not when he has his

head in the scrum.

A different

1:46:551:47:00

knock-on there so we are back to the

protracted scrummage situation and

1:47:001:47:07

everyone, even the biggest, can

recover some strength, suck in some

1:47:071:47:15

air.

They can't build pressure, they

can't maintain possession, they

1:47:151:47:24

can't build or go through the phases

and try to create the drama.

1:47:241:47:35

It's not a good sign when this

starts. Everybody's getting a little

1:47:351:47:42

bored!

1:47:421:47:50

Crouch! Bind! Set!

Italy trying to

exert the pressure, France hold up

1:47:541:48:08

well. First time we've seen this and

it works. Comes away. He's lost the

1:48:081:48:15

ball, taken by Bellini. Italy can

now launch a counter, a turnover

1:48:151:48:21

ball, kicked over quickly. Back

1:48:211:48:30

ball, kicked over quickly. Back goes

Grosso.

Brilliant play by Italy. He

1:48:301:48:35

knew he wasn't going to jump for it

because he knew he would get it, so

1:48:351:48:39

he just lined up... Just watch.

Great play. He lined the winner up,

1:48:391:48:44

he tackles him, very clever play. --

lined the winger up. Clever play.

1:48:441:48:57

Yes, it's been interesting watching

this Italian team tonight. Some

1:48:581:49:01

really good young backs coming

through. Hopefully it's a sign for

1:49:011:49:05

the future, more players coming

through, a better attacking team.

1:49:051:49:08

They will be able to pose more

questions.

I would like to see the

1:49:081:49:13

full-back had a little run, as he

hasn't had many opportunities. Just

1:49:131:49:20

looks as if he's got a little spark

about him, Minozzi. And as the clock

1:49:201:49:30

goes down, there's only one side

will take the pressure.

Wins the

1:49:331:49:39

line-out. A brilliant angle by him.

One-on-one! Negri against Grosso.

1:49:391:49:46

And the number eight did well to get

back. Allan. Set up the ruck. Mbanda

1:49:461:49:56

comes away with it. Lauret tries to

slow the ball. The captain, Parisse

1:49:561:50:04

will be there and he knows it. On

goes Ghiraldini, the experienced

1:50:041:50:09

forward. France have to be careful

not to give away a penalty. Mbanda

1:50:091:50:14

tries to keep the ball up. It's

Vahaamahina who makes the tackle.

1:50:141:50:22

Great performance from Lauret, who

wins from the penalty.

It can't be

1:50:221:50:26

isolated. They were so slow. The

support coming. Just like slow

1:50:261:50:32

motion. You've got to pick the

intention, picked up the tempo when

1:50:321:50:38

you get into the red zone, and they

just have to clear out and try to

1:50:381:50:42

create that quick ball. Very, very

laboured by the Italian spot what a

1:50:421:50:46

great break.

We saw as well, on that

in additional line break to get to

1:50:461:50:53

the 22, two players came to the ruck

and they could have played that

1:50:531:50:56

ball. If you do that you win an

extra second and that's the

1:50:561:51:00

difference between scoring and not

scoring.

What a run this is. This is

1:51:001:51:05

what Joe is on about. That should

have gone.

He's made a lot of yards

1:51:051:51:14

tonight, Negri. The changes start.

Galletier comes on for France. He'll

1:51:141:51:27

go into the back row. Camara goes

off.

He's had a big game, hasn't he,

1:51:271:51:37

Camara?

Parisse pinch is another

French line-out. Both sides losing

1:51:371:51:43

line-out there.

1:51:431:51:48

line-out there. Mis-passes on that.

That's the wide game that Italy

1:51:511:51:54

haven't really used from set piece.

They started to have some time now

1:51:541:51:58

in the French 22.

If he'd kept that

wrong, that would have been really

1:51:581:52:04

tricky for France. The French

full-back came out way too early,

1:52:041:52:07

leaving space in the back and on the

blindside, you can't get there on

1:52:071:52:12

time, so huge space and keep that

ball on. The line-out for the

1:52:121:52:14

Italians.

It's safely taken by

Gabrillagues.

1:52:141:52:25

Vahaamahina allowed to place the

ball.

1:52:331:52:39

ball. Guirado with a little pick and

go. He's a long way inside his 22.

1:52:391:52:48

It's a good clearance by Machenaud.

Good kick. Good yardage on it.

Yes,

1:52:531:53:03

that's what you've got to be capable

of doing in the 22.

1:53:031:53:13

Wasn't much structure at the start

of the game but there's just been

1:53:131:53:16

even less now.

Friday night rugby in

Marseille tomorrow. Ireland against

1:53:161:53:26

Wales and the Calcutta Cup match.

Scotland at home to England. But a

1:53:261:53:31

contest that promises to be! -- what

a contest! Bastareaud breaks one

1:53:311:53:40

tackle, two tackles.

Doumayrou.

Again, look at that Italian front

1:53:401:53:47

line. 14 players on the front line

and only one guy in the back.

Poirot

1:53:471:53:54

thrown backwards but he delivers.

1:53:541:54:01

One, two, and he still gets over.

1:54:011:54:08

And they score!

The one hand

off-load there. A bit of good

1:54:111:54:24

support play. Just watch this. Right

up the middle and then that's the

1:54:241:54:30

off-load.

1:54:301:54:36

off-load. Lovely pass inside.

Bonneval took it. Great support

1:54:361:54:39

play. Lovely tried, France.

Are they

going to have a look at the try

1:54:391:54:45

line, Grosso?

I don't know. A great

tackle. I think he's in the air.

1:54:451:54:52

There's the off-load.

Is his right

leg out?

I think he's in the air.

1:54:521:55:05

The question isn't asked. Hugo

Bonneval safely down as the try

1:55:051:55:12

scorer.

1:55:121:55:16

Maxime Machenaud safely owns the two

points.

There we see the big

1:55:401:55:46

difference. A really good exit kick

from Machenaud. Is these little

1:55:461:55:51

differences where you get well out

of your 22, exit well, down the

1:55:511:55:55

line.

Priso comes on into the French

front row. They change in the

1:55:551:56:04

Italian front row. Pasquali is on.

-- a change in the Italian front

1:56:041:56:14

row.

1:56:141:56:20

Safely out of the 22s. A tricky area

for France, flirting with that 22

1:56:211:56:26

metre line. Can they kick out on the

full? They can't now because it's

1:56:261:56:32

taken back. Now it's a charge down.

Possession handed back to Gori of

1:56:321:56:41

Italy. Can he turn? He can. Bellini

played scrum-half. Gives it to

1:56:411:56:50

Minozzi.

1:56:501:56:53

WHISTLE BLOWS

1:56:531:56:59

Couldn't get the squeeze ball back

quickly enough.

He did exceptionally

1:56:591:57:04

well there. He was the aggressor on

the first tackle and then he got

1:57:041:57:07

over the ball to get the penalty.

Machenaud.

Yes, he's had a good game

1:57:071:57:14

tonight. Stealing ball tonight.

Well, this is a moment for Italy

1:57:141:57:24

because if Parisse is forced off the

field with a rib injury, we are

1:57:241:57:31

talking, Joe, about saying farewell

to him for good, maybe?

Let's hope

1:57:311:57:36

not. The guy's absolute legend. He's

back on his feet and he just keeps

1:57:361:57:40

going.

We frightened him! Get up,

Sergio! Play on!

1:57:401:57:55

Hayward, one of the New Zealanders.

He's coming on.

1:57:581:58:04

They need to chase the game now, the

Italians.

1:58:041:58:09

Well, they are in the heart of

midfield. Options on both sides.

1:58:231:58:30

Guirado...

1:58:301:58:39

Guirado... Lauret trying to pull him

towards the touchline.

1:58:391:58:49

A sniff of an overlap here.

1:58:491:58:54

The back row forward on the wide

outside. A penalty advantage for

1:59:001:59:08

France. Guirado. Beauxis. This is

the try scorer Bonneval.

1:59:081:59:22

So, France with 21 against Italy's

ten. They seem to have ridden out

1:59:261:59:32

that rough patch.

Definitely. With

the Italians trying to play more,

1:59:321:59:36

and they haven't threatened that

much, missing more turnovers, for

1:59:361:59:40

territory and more possession for

the French and the Italian half and

1:59:401:59:43

more penalties, so if he continues

in this vein I think the French

1:59:431:59:46

could win by quite a few by the end.

-- if it continues.

1:59:461:59:56

-- if it continues.

Yes, as we said

at half-time, when they have had the

1:59:572:00:00

ball, they haven't really threatened

the French defence. The catch and

2:00:002:00:03

drive close to the line, and if

you're line-out goes, you are

2:00:032:00:07

struggling.

Yes, the off-load was a

killer for the Italian team.

2:00:072:00:13

Straight through the middle! 24-10!

Changes in the French side.

2:00:322:00:45

Changes in the French side. Gael

Fickou comes on, a chance to

2:00:462:00:48

relaunch his career. He was touted

as the next great thing and it never

2:00:482:00:53

quite happened, Jones took yellow

yes, you never quite got there.

I

2:00:532:01:00

was watching him today, he was

cutting it up, great pace, great

2:01:002:01:04

off-loading he's a real talent. I

never quite realised it. Maybe we

2:01:042:01:08

will see a bit of that tonight. His

team-mate, good off-loads, good soft

2:01:082:01:17

hands, he is 125 kilograms, a big

guy to stop, the one guy bigger than

2:01:172:01:25

Bastareaud on the pitch right now.

Wearing 17. He is a presence, too.

2:01:252:01:36

Parisse infield.

2:01:362:01:38

Gori. Ghiraldini. It might be a

little chance of numbers here for

2:01:442:01:54

Italy. It's come off a French

players.

Oh, well played!

There is a

2:01:542:02:03

chase on. Italy were all up in

attack. We are off again. Castello.

2:02:032:02:13

Bastareaud looks over the ball. Just

for once opts not to challenge.

Poor

2:02:132:02:20

pass.

Benvenuti.

Great option,

probably the best Italian move of

2:02:202:02:28

the match. Such a shame.

He has gone

infield quite well, hasn't he? Negri

2:02:282:02:39

has been, I think, a stand-up player

for Italy tonight, which is a change

2:02:392:02:45

for Parisse.

He has been really

impressive. I was looking forward to

2:02:452:02:53

watching him tonight, having watched

the England game. An impressive

2:02:532:02:57

player, somebody who can maybe take

the reins off Parisse in the future.

2:02:572:03:08

Luca Bigi comes into the front row,

the last of the front row changes

2:03:082:03:11

for Italy. He will go to hook us.

2:03:112:03:20

We are going to restart with a

scrummage. The gaps, Joe, they seem

2:03:262:03:34

more elongated than other

international.

We talked about the

2:03:342:03:37

intensity already, it was really

noticeable in the second half how

2:03:372:03:41

this game has stopped and started,

this gullible broken down, a lot of

2:03:412:03:44

scrums going down, a lot more. --

the skill level broken down. Think

2:03:442:03:50

about the intensity and the

difference, partly due to the

2:03:502:03:53

fitness training and the attitude,

there are a number of reasons, and

2:03:532:03:57

you can really see it tonight in the

second-half.

England are streets

2:03:572:04:01

ahead of everyone else the way that

they hold another ten, 12, 13

2:04:012:04:05

defensive lines. Section, as it

were, as well, creating space on the

2:04:052:04:14

13th channel.

Italy trying to turn

the scrummage, but Wayne Barnes was

2:04:142:04:18

having none of it. Penalty to

France.

2:04:182:04:27

Lionel Butler service. -- Leonel

bloke says. Not much of an angle and

2:04:302:04:38

not much distance. -- Leonel

Beauxis.

2:04:382:04:45

GM Guirado of, the captain is still

on the field. Galletier a with the

2:04:552:05:02

catch.

2:05:022:05:08

On the touchline, they said he was

going to score, Bastareaud. He may

2:05:082:05:13

well yet, as France comes forward

with a little but of bike now. They

2:05:132:05:20

sense they've got the Italians

exhausted.

The Italians, up against

2:05:202:05:28

the -- Fickou and Bastareaud. The

slow ball has not given them the

2:05:282:05:33

time to regroup.

Penalty advantage,

Machenaud. This is Slimani.

2:05:332:05:40

Machenaud looks up, checks, sees

Bastareaud. The forwards take it up

2:05:402:05:47

first. In he comes. Italy brought

him down first time. Guirado against

2:05:472:05:56

Parisse, the Captains' clash.

2:05:562:06:01

Parisse, the Captains' clash. Finau,

he is massive, he's not small! It's

2:06:022:06:08

broken down. Penalty advantage was

being played.

You know, that's no

2:06:082:06:13

excuse. What he's trying to do,

trying to chuck it ball over the

2:06:132:06:17

back without looking, it's just

very, very poor.

2:06:172:06:26

What do France do?

You know, you

take it away, you're going to score

2:06:282:06:34

three times now, maybe not what the

crowd want on the viewing public at

2:06:342:06:37

home. But, you know, they want to

win. As I said, they've got England,

2:06:372:06:42

Wales, New Zealand, three times,

good luck!

May haven't won in eight

2:06:422:06:49

games. A win is important. They

could have taken a scrum.

They have

2:06:492:07:01

got ten minutes to play.

Meanwhile,

on the touchline, this could be

2:07:012:07:07

Maxime Machenaud's last

contribution.

This young man coming

2:07:072:07:12

on now is a real talent, incredible

ball-carrier, very quick. In France

2:07:122:07:19

now there are many good young

players, this young guy is a talent.

2:07:192:07:23

He could be getting in the squad

tomorrow. He is a fantastic player,

2:07:232:07:29

they have strengthened it.

27-10,

France lead, onto the field comes

2:07:292:07:33

Baptiste Couilloud of of Leon. 23

years old, a first cap. Italy also

2:07:332:07:42

ringing in the changes. A

recognition that exhaustion is now a

2:07:422:07:45

factor.

2:07:452:07:50

factor. Polisky a comes onto the

field.

2:07:532:08:01

The player from Guinea-Bissau, from

the age of ten he went to Portugal,

2:08:032:08:11

from Portugal he has come to France,

and here he is, all carrying for

2:08:112:08:15

France.

It's not often that you see

a front row staying on the pitch for

2:08:152:08:22

81 minutes, those guys have really

done it tonight Couilloud Parisse.

2:08:222:08:32

Bellini, another switch of play.

2:08:322:08:35

Italy going one way or the other and

generally getting in each other's

2:08:372:08:40

way. Good counter rucking by Lauret.

This is dangerous from Italy. Mess

2:08:402:08:50

up a bit, turn over another try,

before you know it, you are 40

2:08:502:08:54

points down.

Managed to get the ball

away.

2:08:542:09:02

away. Gori.

Too far again.

Terrible

chase, there could be something

2:09:022:09:07

happening.

Bonneval, caught it. Away

from France yet again, they have the

2:09:072:09:13

numbers. .

2:09:132:09:17

France with huge numbers now. If

somebody calls it out wide, they

2:09:202:09:25

must go. Bastareaud! Well in

advance. He's done it.

He has just

2:09:252:09:33

powered his way over.

2:09:332:09:36

Bonneval has scored, Bastareaud has

scored. It's all happening for too

2:09:482:09:53

long. He has played very well,

hasn't he? Great pass as well, good

2:09:532:09:59

support play. Keep the ball alive.

They've uploaded very well and when

2:09:592:10:04

they have cut the errors out, they

looked dangerous.

He plays at the

2:10:042:10:09

club with me, use a fantastic

talent, good rugby brain, he had a

2:10:092:10:14

good game tonight. We saw from the

Italians, bad kick, no chase

2:10:142:10:22

organised,.

There are three forwards

and know we that they are stopping

2:10:222:10:26

him.

2:10:262:10:31

him.

Francois Trinh-Duc takes over

from Maxime Machenaud as the Kacar.

2:10:352:10:40

He has had a stop - start career as

well -- as the kicker. That is very

2:10:402:10:44

good as a conversion.

2:10:442:10:51

France 34, Italy ten.

2:10:532:10:55

Good angle. Three defenders.

Yes.

2:10:572:11:03

Penalties.

The discipline has gone

now. As Joe said. Not having time on

2:11:122:11:19

the previous box kick, giving them

an opportunity to counterattack. It

2:11:192:11:25

was a dogleg chase. And now an

offence at the first rock and they

2:11:252:11:30

are back in their own half.

France

in hot pursuit now. First try and a

2:11:302:11:37

bonus point. It is going to be a

third degree for Italy. -- a third

2:11:372:11:42

defeat. Parisse has seen nearly 100

of these Italian defeats.

2:11:422:11:49

He has been capped and 84 times. --

he has been captained. Gael Fickou.

2:11:532:12:04

Off his wing.

2:12:042:12:08

Stolen that, and it's been stolen

back.

2:12:102:12:13

Showing good strength, Danny Priso.

Fires up the pass. Trinh-Duc,

2:12:232:12:32

another mistake, a rare one by

Bastareaud.

He says play on.

Play

2:12:322:12:41

on! Everyone looking at Wayne

Barnes, and everyone just says, play

2:12:412:12:45

on.

2:12:452:12:46

Runs into Lauret.

2:12:512:12:59

Castello on halfway. It's just

getting a little bit difficult for

2:13:032:13:08

Italy to get the ball back. Turnover

ball for France. Kick-out,

2:13:082:13:15

Bonneval... Couldn't quite get the

final pass away.

Another opportunity

2:13:152:13:23

gone. It's a great turnover. Priso,

beautiful pass. I just felt, you

2:13:232:13:35

know, it's another opportunity they

have squandered. It's a beautiful

2:13:352:13:37

pass. Three men, kick-out inside.

It's a great tackle. The wider you

2:13:372:13:44

look for the past.

He didn't score

out the back of the next phase.

It's

2:13:442:13:52

a miracle ball, isn't it?

They are

one game close to the more flowing

2:13:522:13:58

style of being more confident in

themselves.

The off-load have been

2:13:582:14:00

good. But you need to know when to

go, hit the deck and recycle. That's

2:14:002:14:09

the problem, you had too many errors

in a crucial part of the Beeld,

2:14:092:14:14

crucial positions, time in the

field. OK, let him get away with it

2:14:142:14:20

against the better sides, no, they

won't.

When the game gets higher

2:14:202:14:25

tempo and more intense, they are

going to struggle to maintain the

2:14:252:14:28

same levels of power, they are not

as fit as some of the players they

2:14:282:14:32

are playing games, so more errors

creep into the game. -- they are

2:14:322:14:36

playing against.

2:14:362:14:43

This will give them confidence, you

know, England coming up next. They

2:14:552:14:59

will relish that.

That will be a hot

ticket, I'm sure. The French pride

2:14:592:15:08

and emotion they put into that

Ireland game. I'm sure that they

2:15:082:15:11

will be giving England a game.

Italy

or a long way back inside their 22.

2:15:112:15:17

Scored one try. Up to the 10-metre

law in. Two and the bit minutes

2:15:172:15:26

left. France after the bonus point.

Italy after, well, it's just a bit

2:15:262:15:34

of comfort in defeat. They are off

again.

2:15:342:15:43

They are trying these switches of

play, but they are long way back.

2:15:432:15:47

They called that one right, it's

pretty good.

One more pass... It's a

2:15:472:15:52

forward pass, is it? No, it's not!

That was a well executed move.

He

2:15:522:16:00

has touched down.

That's a lovely

play, that is. Set piece, they hit

2:16:002:16:06

centre field, they worked together

left and create the overlap and try

2:16:062:16:09

to isolate one player. That's what

they did.

Good conversion. They have

2:16:092:16:17

obviously identified from the video

from analysing France that they

2:16:172:16:21

leave the line-out too quickly, they

leave the wrong players.

They

2:16:212:16:26

isolated Priso there. They targeted

him, good set play, definitely off

2:16:262:16:30

the French player.

A second try in

the Six Nations. May not see. --

2:16:302:16:41

Minozzi. France complained. Wayne

Barnes said it went backwards off a

2:16:412:16:47

French player, the price bands. --

the try stands.

2:16:472:16:57

Italy have a player injured. Gori,

the scrum-half.

There is something

2:16:582:17:07

happening down at the touchline, I

don't know what it is.

The

2:17:072:17:12

scrum-half Julie is back on.

All

getting very, very excited -- the

2:17:122:17:17

scrum-half Julie.

2:17:172:17:19

If he's limping, it must be a head

injury, so it's all right!

Carry on!

2:17:222:17:28

Knowing Wayne, you probably won't

stand for this one.

When he referees

2:17:352:17:39

in France, he ends up with 100

minutes in a game!

2:17:392:17:42

There he goes, go on, Wayne! It's

just an injury!

He's just checking

2:17:462:17:52

the clock. How many more before we

hit 100 minutes?!

Is that all of

2:17:522:18:00

your substitutions done? Then you

can go back on.

Yes, wherein France,

2:18:002:18:05

we'll try it, chuck him on! He can't

go and now... -- you've used all of

2:18:052:18:12

your subs out, and lucky.

Italy

finished with 14, 54 seconds left.

2:18:122:18:22

Francois Tarn -- Francois Trinh-Duc.

The back row has had a good game.

2:18:222:18:38

Lauret, too.

2:18:382:18:40

A little taste for the 20-year-old

of international rugby. And it's a

2:18:452:18:51

win for France, their first in nine

games. There is another little taste

2:18:512:18:59

for him...

Great line.

Lauret with

the angles to Gelling he has played

2:18:592:19:07

well today. Fickou plays scrum-half,

just a chance for France to get the

2:19:072:19:14

bonus point, they get their passes

away. A bit start now.

2:19:142:19:22

away. A bit start now. Couilloud

feeds for three quarters, it is

2:19:222:19:26

taken on by Radzi A. Lauret, he gets

the pass away. Can they do it?! What

2:19:262:19:34

a start that would have been for

Couilloud. It still might work for

2:19:342:19:38

France. The bonus .2 meters away.

2:19:382:19:45

France. The bonus .2 meters away. --

the bonus point, two meters away.

2:19:452:19:48

You've got to!

Tecau now is wide,

surely it must be an! Who is calling

2:19:482:19:56

for it?! The forward line up.

Bastareaud is there. Cuts back

2:19:562:20:02

against the traffic. He's that

grows! Pulled down, but our

2:20:022:20:11

Bastareaud. Priso awaits.

If they

are going right... Tap and go! There

2:20:112:20:18

is a five-man overlap on the

right-hand side.

Nobody is in a rush

2:20:182:20:22

to get there. We are into overtime.

2:20:222:20:30

Mathieu Bastareaud is the captain.

2:20:322:20:37

Decisions, decisions. Line-out...

No, tap and go. Taken on by

2:20:382:20:45

Pelissier.

2:20:452:20:53

Couilloud has sort of indicated that

he's not going to pick up the ball,

2:20:562:20:59

the forwards can have a go first.

The forward grinds his way towards

2:20:592:21:05

the line, now it's Couilloud. Still

with the front row power. Oh, that's

2:21:052:21:12

a deliberate knock-on, the advantage

being played.

That the yellow card,

2:21:122:21:17

unfortunately.

It is. Into his

pocket goes Wayne Barnes. He does

2:21:172:21:22

love a long game, Wayne.

You don't

see many yellow cards after the

2:21:222:21:26

clock has gone in.

Remember we had

the yellow card when Wales were in

2:21:262:21:29

Paris, it was came and gone in the

90th minute as the PLO we were in

2:21:292:21:35

Paris, yes.

2:21:352:21:41

What a way to finish!

It is an apt

way for this game to finish.

We

2:21:412:21:47

don't go to 100 minutes, Wayne

Barnes blows his whistle. It is a

2:21:472:21:50

much welcomed victory for France,

and yet another defeat for Italy.

2:21:502:21:54

The final score here in Marseille,

34-17.

2:21:542:22:03

So, their first test win in almost

one year for France, maintaining the

2:22:032:22:07

good record they had down here in

Marseille, they didn't make it easy

2:22:072:22:10

for themselves at times, debate?

Yes, it is an important when -- did

2:22:102:22:16

they. -- it is an important win. It

is very, very important that, you

2:22:162:22:26

know, we should have scored the

bonus point. It is much more

2:22:262:22:32

confidence and it will be a huge

game in this that the France in two

2:22:322:22:37

weeks.

15 consecutive defeats for

Italy in the 6-nation, Fadli it is a

2:22:372:22:43

new record, a new low, really, for

the Azaria. Not good for them

2:22:432:22:47

tonight. We didn't see them at their

best, making a lot of France

2:22:472:22:52

exploiting them where they could,

sudden sometimes exploiting their

2:22:522:22:59

chances. Italy Pogba is at the

2:22:592:23:01

sudden sometimes exploiting their

chances. Italy Pogba is at the

2:23:012:23:02

bottom. France up to fourth place on

four levels with Wales. -- Italy

2:23:022:23:10

pointless at

2:23:102:23:10

four levels with Wales. -- Italy

pointless at the bottom. In the end

2:23:102:23:12

it was the too long connection,

wasn't it, Chris, that was the

2:23:122:23:15

difference for France in the second

half. Matthew Bastareaud had a

2:23:152:23:19

fantastic game and was involved in

many different parts of positivity

2:23:192:23:24

for France. Hugo Bonneval, the

fullback, we spotted him ahead of

2:23:242:23:28

the match and said that it was a big

match, he hasn't had enough

2:23:282:23:32

international rugby and wants to

impress.

I'm really glad, he's had a

2:23:322:23:36

great night to night. I think he has

been the best player on the pitch

2:23:362:23:40

tonight will

2:23:402:23:41

been the best player on the pitch

tonight will stop he made the

2:23:412:23:42

difference between the two teams,

off-loading the ball. He didn't have

2:23:422:23:47

too many chances, you go, but he dug

the right option, giving the

2:23:472:23:50

passing.

Yes, it was a great pass. A

very good off-load. But I agree with

2:23:502:24:02

you, I think Mathieu Bastareaud was

the best player on the pitch. He

2:24:022:24:05

scored a try. A lot of yards, a lot

of off-loads. He was very important,

2:24:052:24:11

a key player for the French team.

He

got his reward in the end for all of

2:24:112:24:16

the hard effort. When he's in this

kind of mood and he is this

2:24:162:24:21

ferocious and powerful it's very

hard to stop the man.

Yes, like we

2:24:212:24:25

say, it's difficult to stop

Bastareaud for five minutes, playing

2:24:252:24:30

some IK Kim 2-3 guys to stop him, he

was unbelievable today, great form.

2:24:302:24:35

His working was unbelievable. He

gets himself in a good position and

2:24:352:24:40

nobody can stop him from the last

plot yes, you can see how strong it

2:24:402:24:43

is he is in front of

the number

eight, very close the line, 125

2:24:432:24:49

kilos and a good try. But it was a

lot of good. And he was very good.

2:24:492:24:56

And you can see the French team,

when we were at 14 points in front,

2:24:562:25:01

he was much more confident in the

French team. Before, so many

2:25:012:25:05

mistakes, because we missed so many

opportunities.

Italy will be very

2:25:052:25:10

disappointed with that. They marked

this one out to not be 15 Six

2:25:102:25:16

Nations tests without a win. Sergio

Parisse Ed Byrne have his finest

2:25:162:25:20

hour out by, he is bandaged up. He

lasted the game but it wasn't his

2:25:202:25:25

greatest performance in a blue

shirt. Going back to France and

2:25:252:25:29

Bastareaud, he lasted the 80

minutes. A lot of stoppage time

2:25:292:25:33

probably helped him out in the

second half. You would imagine,

2:25:332:25:37

though, in a game with the intensity

of a team like England he wouldn't

2:25:372:25:41

get as many of those opportunities.

No, maybe not, and that's something

2:25:412:25:45

for the French coach to consider,

how best to use Bastareaud, if that

2:25:452:25:50

is coming of Michael Bent and as an

impact player, fair enough. Wherever

2:25:502:25:54

you put him on the bench, he is

going to have an impact on the game.

2:25:542:25:59

-- coming off the bench.

I coach

him, what you expect, you get, you

2:25:592:26:06

know, he's strong, he goes forwards,

he is good and the contest. When you

2:26:062:26:12

play against him, a tempo game, you

know, it's difficult for him to

2:26:122:26:16

carry on for 80 minutes.

Can we talk

about the level that we saw here

2:26:162:26:20

tonight and the entrance of the? It

didn't look in many ways like a

2:26:202:26:25

typical Six Nations did it? Was it

more typical indoor experience of

2:26:252:26:28

what you get in the domestic game?

Yes, earlier with the Top 14, a lot

2:26:282:26:35

of stop- starts, slow to get back

into play. There is no real

2:26:352:26:43

high-intensity, you know, there was

a very slow to get back into play...

2:26:432:26:46

I'm going to interrupt you because

I've heard that we can hear from

2:26:462:26:50

Sergio Parisse, the Italian captain.

Sergio, we saw you in the huddle

2:26:502:26:54

speaking them to the Italian team,

what will you saying after that

2:26:542:26:58

performance?

2:26:582:26:59

what will you saying after that

performance?

It was a tough game for

2:26:592:27:01

us, but I think the performance was

not too bad. We played against a

2:27:012:27:05

French team with a lot of pressure,

we kept the pressure on them in the

2:27:052:27:09

first half, and that the beginning

of the second half they scored and

2:27:092:27:12

you have another bit of confidence

and they are trying to play more.

2:27:122:27:16

You know, I think the team is

building, I think our difference was

2:27:162:27:22

much better by the last two game

against Ireland and England. Just

2:27:222:27:27

keep going, keep working. You know,

it's difficult when you lose, but at

2:27:272:27:31

the same time, we haven't had the

same two game to show. Maybe we can

2:27:312:27:37

get a win on the tournament.

Thank

you very much.

Did you see enough to

2:27:372:27:41

make you think that France can

challenge England in two weeks?

I

2:27:412:27:45

hope so. But against Italy, at times

they were 14 against Penn and they

2:27:452:27:50

had a good break and can come into

the game. But for France, is a lot

2:27:502:27:54

of confidence.

I think from Kris

Bosmans mile, I'm suggesting not,

2:27:542:27:59

perhaps! Thank you so much for

joining us. -- Chris's smile. You

2:27:592:28:03

have got La Rochelle on Sunday, good

luck with that. And thank you so

2:28:032:28:07

much for coming here you have a

one-month-old baby at home, go home

2:28:072:28:11

and do the night feed! Three

wonderful wingers alongside me all

2:28:112:28:15

evening here. France came down to

Marseille to get their first win of

2:28:152:28:20

the Championship, it wasn't all

plain sailing, but they will feel

2:28:202:28:23

they are in safer waters as they

welcome England in two weeks' time.

2:28:232:28:30

Thank you for watching. Good night.

2:28:302:28:37

There's the line, there's France's

opening try! What a response by the

2:28:382:28:41

Italians! 11-7.

2:28:412:28:46

Was he out of play? No, he wasn't!

He scores! 24-10. Bastareaud, done

2:28:502:28:56

it! It is a much welcome victory for

France.

2:28:562:29:01

Gabby Logan hosts live Six Nations rugby as France take on Italy at the Stade de Velodrome in Marseille, a game that sees France play a Six Nations home match outside Paris in the first time in their tournament history.

The French won last season's encounter 40-18 in Rome to extend their winning streak against Italy to five matches. Studio guests include Joe Worsley and Andrea Masi, while Eddie Butler and Jonathan Davies provide the commentary.


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