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    Matthew Booker, February 4 2013,
    Deja vu as Italy humble France
    Italy have done it again
    Italy have done it again
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    France have had their 6 Nations campaign thrown into disarray after Italy claimed the spoils in Rome on Sunday.

    Italy managed to absorb relentless French attack just as they did in 2011 to claim a 23-18 victory.

    Sergio Parisse benefited from some Luciano Orquera magic to get Italy off to a great start with a special try early. Louis Picamoles hit back for France but Orquera pushed Italy further in front with a drop goal and penalty for the hosts to lead 13-5.

    A Benjamin Fall effort got France back in the lead before the break as both sides took oranges.

    Orquera was the man again in the second half, setting up Martin Castrogiovanni for another try to get the Italians back in front and a Kris Burton dropgoal heaved pressure on France to get a try.

    They failed in their quest leaving Italy delirious with joy once again.

    Italy: 23
    Tries: Parisse, Castrogiovanni
    Cons: Orquera 2
    Pens: Orquera
    Drop: Orquera, Burton
    Yellow card: Giazzon (79th minute)

    France: 18
    Tries: Picamoles, Fall
    Con: Michalak
    Pens: Michalak 2

    Italy vs France

    Date: Saturday, 2 Feb 2013
    Time: 00:00 (GMT)
    Competition: Six Nations Championship
    Live/Repeat: Live
    Venue: Olimpico Stadium (Rome)

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