Six Nations Wk 1 Review – ‘Déjà Vu’ As Azzurri Humble French

by Paul Cook - Italy have upset the Six Nations form guide on the opening weekend, defeating joint-favourites France 23-18 in a pulsating clash in Rome. It is only the third time in their history that they have beaten their Gallic neighbours but the second time in a row on home soil following their landmark win 2 years ago and is an indication that the gap in class between the two countries is narrowing at a rate that will alarm not only the French but the watching Lions nations as well. They started with a bang, fly-half Luciano Orquera slicing through the French line in the 4th minute to find his captain, Sergio Parisse, for the opener. Giant no.8. Louis Picamoles stretched out to restore order for the visitors 7 minutes later but an inspired Orqeura was leading the charge and his penalty and drop goal forged Italy ahe
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