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France beat Italy in Six Nations to end winless streak

France’s Marco Tauleigne in action with Italy’s Tommaso Boni.

France’s Marco Tauleigne in action with Italy’s Tommaso Boni.

France overpowered Italy 34-17 on Friday to end an eight-game winless streak and claim their first victory in this year's Six Nations.

Les Bleus, who had not won a game since beating Wales in the same competition last March, prevailed thanks to tries from Paul Gabrillagues, Hugo Bonneval and Mathieu Bastareaud.

Scrumhalf Maxime Machenaud added five penalties and a conversion while replacement Francois Trinh-Duc added another conversion.

Italy scored a first-half penalty try, while Tommaso Allan's penalty and Matteo Minozzi's late try, converted by Carlo Canna, gave the scoreline a touch of gloss for the visitors.

France, who snatched their first win under new coach Jacques Brunel, have six points, three behind leaders Ireland and England who have played a game fewer. Italy remain pointless at the bottom of the table.

France next take on England on March 10, while Italy travel to Wales a day later.

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