Italy shock France
12 Mar 2011
Italy picked up a surprise 22-21 victory over France in their Six Nations clash in Rome on Saturday.
It’s the Italians’ first victory over France in Six Nations history and only their second triumph over the latter since their first meeting in 1937. Wing Micro Bergamasco played a key role in the historic win as he kicked 17 points to edge the visitors.
It was Bergamasco who opened the scoring as he slotted an early penalty before wing Vincent Clerc scored the first try of the game shortly afterwards. Bergamasco and scrumhalf Morgan Parra traded penalties for an 8-6 half-time score in France’s favour.
Parra then put France in a commanding position as scored a converted try and a penalty for a 12-point advantage. But then came Italy’s charge.
Fullback Andrea Masi crossed the whitewash while Bergamsco added the extras and his third penalty for a two-point game. Parra extended the visitors’ lead but Bergamasco punished France’s late ill-discipline by slotting two more penalties to create an intense finish as Italy led 22-21 with five minutes left. But the hosts managed to hold on for victory.