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FRANCE moved top of the Six Na­tions stand­ings as they claimed a bonus point in an oth­er­wise unim­pres­sive 35-22 de­feat of a weak Italy yes­ter­day.

Les Bleus, who stunned World Cup run­ners-up Eng­land in their open­ing game last Sun­day, pre­vailed with tries by Teddy Thomas, Charles Ol­livon, Gre­gory Alldritt, Ro­main Nta­mack and Bap­tiste Serin.

Nta­mack kicked eight points and Matthieu Jal­ib­ert an­other two.

Italy en­joyed a few good spells with tries by Mat­teo Mi­nozzi, Fed­erico Ziani and Mat­tia Bellini, and points from the boot of Tom­maso Al­lan, but they had to set­tle for their 24th con­sec­u­tive de­feat in the tour­na­ment. Fa­bien Galthie’s side lead the ta­ble with nine points, ahead of Ire­land on points dif­fer­ence with the two sides, who meet in the fi­nal su­per Satur­day, the only two still with a shot at a grand slam. | Reuters

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