Monday, 15 March 2010

Six Nations Cup Tournament: France XV demolish Italy 46-20 -- Tournoi de 6 Nations Les XV de France ont demoli l'Italie

Match du 14 Mars 2010 : Les XV de France ont demoli l'Italie France-Italie 46-20

Done! Italy is out of the way! To the Italians, a 10-15 point loss against the clinical French would have meant "victory" for them but that was not to be. This is the 30th Italian defeat in the hands of the French in their 31 matches.

France is now on the way to their 9th Grand Slam. But first, they must beat England next Saturday. France cannot be complacent because despite England's dismal record this season, the English team has always made it a point of honour to fight the French every inch of the way. The French must remember that the English don't know when to give up.
Morgan Parra evades the Italian defence

BBC Six Nations Photos: (Photo 2) Marc Andreu scoring his first try for France 11 minutes into the game.

(Photo 3) Alexandre Lapandry makes it six for the French. Winger Julien Malzieu passes to the flanker and Lapandry wrestles free of the Italian tacklers

From the BBC:

France have been a class apart from the rest of the Six Nations teams in 2010 and they were on a different plane from their Continental neighbours from the opening whistle.

Playing with a fluidity that evoked memories of great French teams of the past, they exposed the limitations of Italy in a way that was beyond the rest of the teams in the championship.

From Le Figaro:

Le XV de France a surclassé l'Italie (46-20) dimanche au Stade de France. Le Tournoi quasiment dans la poche, les Bleus auront l'occasion de valider le Grand Chelem samedi prochain face à l'Angleterre.
(Le XV de France outclassed Italy (46-20) on Sunday at the Stade de France. The Tournament is practically in the pocket -- the Blues will have the occassion to validate the Grand Slam title next Saturday against England.)