Though they wouldn't shut up about it, I do have to agree with the commentators that Parisse looked good for Italy, he stands out in the team. France came out looking to redeem themselves after their thrashing from England last week. They did just that. Chabal's brute force scrambling gave the first try for France. This was shortly followed by more elegant tries from François Trinh-Duc and Maxime Medard.
The half time score was 3-25.
Early in the second half, Mauro Bergamasco tried a little kick, which found its way into the hands of Cedric Heymans, who seemed almost embarrassed to have scored after being gifted the ball so easily.
Then, France struggled on the line, and a nifty bit of work in a big pile of players got France another try.
Then, finally, a good bit of work from Italy which found its way to Parisse. Italy scored, but did not convert. 8-40.
After 70 minutes or so, Medard scored again for France. 8-45. Then Malzieu jogs it over again at 75 minutes. That's seven tries for France.
Malzieu's try wasn't converted either, so that's 8-50 in France's favour.
Before the game, the table looked like this:
Now, this is what the table looks like:
France aren't likely to stay in second place, they need the other two games to go their way.
France are currently in second place as they have a points difference of 23. Wales have a points difference of 21.
In short, if Wales win, France drops to third. England have a points difference of 40, so if they win the Calcutta cup they will draw equal with France on on 6 points, but will pass France on points difference. To stay in second, France needs Ireland and Scotland to win.
If the results go as I hope, France will be in fourth place.