Six Nations: France 30-10 Italy
France came to life in the second-half to secure a convincing 30-10 Six Nations win over Italy in Paris on Sunday.
The hosts went into the break 9-3 up at the Stade de France after an error-strewn display from both sides, with 16 penalties conceded, yet only four were successfully converted to points.
However, a devastating nine-minute spell to start the second half saw France home and dry as No 8 Louis Picamoles, centre Wesley Fofana and winger Hugo Bonneval all crossed to give Saint-Andre's side breathing space.
Scrum-half Jean-Marc Doussain kicked three conversions to add to his three first-half penalties, while Italy could only muster a late consolation try from Tommaso Ianonne, despite dominating possession throughout the second period.
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"We haven't won two matches in a row since 2012, so that's important," France coach Philippe Saint-Andre said. "We wore the Italians out a lot in the first half, even though we didn't vary our play enough. In the second half we played very, very good rugby. We went from 9-3 to 30-3 in no time at all."
The French can travel to two-time defending champions Wales on Friday week with an extra bounce in their step as the last time France beat England and Italy in Paris, in 2010, they went on to win the tournament.
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