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The Six Nations match between France and Italy ended in a 13-13 tie, with live updates and commentary available as the game unfolded.
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The Six Nations match between France and Italy ended in a 13-13 tie, with live updates and commentary available as the game unfolded.

Luke McLaughlin has submitted his piece and I will now end my input. It is impressive that Luke was able to create a cohesive piece in such a short amount of time. From personal experience, thrilling last minute finishes are exciting, unless you have to write a report about it. Congratulations to Luke for his accomplishment.

Congratulations to Italy for their performance. They may regret the missed chance, but it’s clear that they would have been satisfied with a tie before the game started. The backline and loose forwards played exceptionally well, and the tight five should also be recognized for their improvement throughout the game.

France has a lot to think about as they have appeared disorganized, lacking creativity, and lacking confidence. Can they reverse this? We will discover the answer in two weeks when they travel to Cardiff.

Thank you for accompanying me. Goodbye!

France has many worries, but a valid point is being raised here. Despite changing most of their players in the second half, their performance declined as the match progressed.

Now Garbisi:

I was recently reflecting on having faith in my methods. I acknowledge my part in this. I apologize to the team for their outstanding performance today. And to all the fans of Italy, I regret my actions.

Overall, our performance was strong. Reaching a tie at 13-13 in the final minute against France is a sign of success. Having an extra player on the field was beneficial. However, we spent too much time in our own half during the first half. We had more room to play in the second half. Ultimately, everything came down to the last kick.

This marks the third game with the recently appointed coaching team. We are still discovering their expectations for us and adapting to new strategies.

Shaun Edwards is now scowling.

“It’s definitely preferable to end with a draw. We played well, but were lucky that the opponent missed a kick. Still, we’re disappointed with the result. We were aiming to defeat Italy, especially since we dominated possession in the first half. However, the second half was a complete turnaround. Despite playing with one less player, conceding 13 points isn’t too terrible.”

It is understandable that you would want your team to successfully score tries. Our team faced a significant amount of pressure during the game. It is important to acknowledge Italy’s strong defense. They displayed the same level of intensity as our team. They deserve credit for their fantastic performance.

There should not be any grievances regarding the red card.

[Why isn’t it working?] I have been satisfied with our defensive performance. In the first game against Ireland, we struggled, but they are a strong team. On the offensive side, we need faster ball at the ruck base [if only we had a scrumhalf who excels at quick ball].

For those who haven’t seen it yet, here is the pivotal moment:

‘One centimetre from history’

The world of sports can be unforgiving.

Were Italy robbed?

Tomas Thronicker, our reader, brings attention to the fact that the rules of the game were not adhered to.

According to Law 8.22, if the kicker expresses their intention to kick towards the goal, the opposing team must remain stationary with their hands at their sides from the moment the kicker begins their approach until the ball is kicked.

That never happened. Sadly the officials got that wrong I feel.

Here’s Vintcent:

It was disappointing to witness it hitting the post. However, I do not believe that diminishes the overall performance.

We previously mentioned that we are giving our all, but they are also putting in a lot of effort. If we can persevere and last for the full 80 minutes, we have a shot at winning.

I am incredibly thankful to have the opportunity to perform in front of such a large audience.

The boys displayed a great deal of determination. It seems that something significant is developing here.

Adam Roberts has a better memory than I do.

“This brings to mind Don Fox, the 1968 Challenge Cup Final, and Eddie Waring’s famous phrase ‘He’s a poor lad’.”

I am not familiar with that one. However, I am certain that anyone who witnessed Garbisi’s miss will not easily forget it.

Can you explain how the ball fell from the tee while the roof was closed and there was no wind? Are you prepared with your tinfoil hats and red strings for a conspiracy board? Something seems amiss.

There will be a lot of discussion about the final kick in the upcoming weeks.

France caused their own problems and Danty will have a lot of explaining to do.

Andy Flintoff, a reader, has posed a question that I am certain we are all eager to have answered.

“I am confused as to why numerous professional athletes are receiving penalties (and penalties) for making high tackles and making contact with the head or shoulder – this is typically one of the first things taught to young rugby players when tackling is introduced. Are professionals forgetting this or are they intentionally being trained to make higher hits?”

There is no justification, Andy. This is why referees and TMOs are strictly penalizing those who make mistakes and endanger others.

Charlie, consider trying a live blog.

Did France successfully defend against the penalty?

To be honest, I just realized that the team did send players to quickly advance. Was it appropriate for the referee to reset the shot clock even though the ball fell off the tee? I am unsure and would appreciate input from any referees.

I am shocked. I cannot begin to comprehend the emotions that Garbisi must be experiencing. The other Italian players are also likely going through a difficult time. However, there is some comfort in knowing that Garbisi’s missed kick was largely due to the ball falling off the tee. It was a significant chance to make history by becoming the first Italian team to defeat France on their home turf. Despite this, it does break a 14-game losing streak against their neighboring country.

That is so harsh. Had the ball not fallen off the tee, I am almost certain that Garbisi would have made the shot. How unlucky. Italy deserved to win. Menoncello is named player of the match, but it could have easily been awarded to one of several Italians. Wow, what an exciting ending.

Garbisi’s kick hits the post after the ball falls off the tee, causing him to quickly replace it and rush his kick. He appeared unsettled and ultimately missed as the ball hit the post. This turn of events is unbelievable!

The ball is positioned at a distance of approximately 25 meters from the goal, at an angle. France was forced to advance with the ball, leaving an opportunity for Italy to swoop in and take possession on the ground. We are on the brink of making history…

After 80 minutes of play, Italy has been awarded a penalty kick that is within close range of the goal.

After 80 minutes, France gains possession from the line-out and will have one final opportunity. The ball is passed down the line, but Lebel is quickly tackled. France regroups and makes strong progress through the midfield. Ramos sends a long pass to the right wing. Varney makes a good tackle on Penaud. This is their last chance to score.

After 78 minutes, Italy regains possession. They are in their own half and contemplate running with the ball. However, Garbisi decides to kick and the ball bounces favorably, landing 20 meters into French territory. Once again, France loses possession during their attack. Just two years ago, they were considered the top team in the world. What has caused their decline?

76 minutes have passed and Italy has just lost their first line-out of the game. This is unfortunate timing, as France now has possession and is back in Italy’s territory.

France lost possession after a tackle and their unorganized attempt at attacking resulted in a knock-on. Italy considered making a deep run, but Ioane chose to kick instead. France then took the opportunity to make a deep run with Lebel receiving the ball. However, Italy’s defense aggressively pushed forward and caused a fumble. With possession on the left side and a significant gap in France’s midfield, Italy had a chance to score. However, they opted to take a scrum penalty instead of attempting a shot at goal. They then kicked the ball out and will have a line-out in French territory.

After 72 minutes, France must quickly get back in the game. Ramos sends a cross-kick to the left wing and successfully connects with his teammate. France advances near the halfway line, but Italy’s defense prevents them from going further. Ramos then delivers a beautiful pass to Penaud, who evades a defender, chips the ball, and puts pressure on Capuozzo to catch it. Garbisi receives the ball but is tackled as he attempts to kick, resulting in a knock-on. This leads to a French scrum just outside of Italy’s 22 on the right side.

They have succeeded! It began with a scrum in their own 22 and they charged ahead from the first phase, easily passing Ramos at 10. They recycled the ball, clicked hands, and quickly passed it to Marin, who made the final off-load to the fullback after evading the last defender. The fullback then scored by diving over. Garbisi successfully converts the try from the touchline, bringing the score to level.

70 minutes have passed since the start of the match. Suddenly, the Italian team has quickly advanced from their own 22-yard line to France’s territory. Varney, along with the rest of the backline players, has been very active and the team’s energy has increased. Brex, Ioane, and Garbisi are making progress towards their goal. The Italian forwards are aggressively pushing forward. There appears to be open space on the left side…

After a 68-minute game, France successfully gains possession from their penalty and starts a powerful maul. Despite making significant progress, the ball remains in the hands of their front players. However, Italy is able to prevent them from advancing and wins the scrum. This demonstrates impressive defense against the maul, especially after being pushed back.

“67 minutes into the game: Oh no! Does anyone know any good curse words in Italian? The team just received a scrum penalty right when they were setting up a potential attack. Flatman is questioning if that was the correct decision.”

66 minutes have passed and currently, Italy’s Varney and Garbisi are effectively passing the ball. Menoncello once again makes a strong carry, and Ioane also impresses with a left-foot step and an off-load in a tackle. Le Garrec attempts to intercept after Italy executes a clever wraparound play, but is unsuccessful. As a result, Italy will have a scrum just 10 meters away from the French territory, right in front of the goalposts. Two players from each team are positioned on either side of the scrum, which could make for an interesting play if they receive clean possession.

After 64 minutes, Italy makes a short throw during the line-out and Capuozzo sidesteps Fickou, passing to Ioane on the inside. Italy is making good progress. Menoncello leaves his position on the wing and finds an opening, but there is a minor mistake behind the ruck, resulting in a knock-on. As a result, France now has possession with a scrum inside their own 22.

France have conceded yet another penalty on the ground after 63 minutes. Flatman points out their lack of concentration and discipline, which has been consistently poor.

The margin narrows to seven. Italy is gaining assurance. I think they are beginning to have faith.

Marchand was penalized for collapsing his body weight at the ruck, giving France an opportunity to score an easy three points from right in front of the goal. Italy had better possession of the ball, with one player attempting to deceive by pretending to grab the ball from the back of a maul and charge forward, but ultimately it was still in the possession of the back. The ball eventually came loose and Brex made a run before Marchand made a mistake.

After 58 minutes of play, Italy and France are both facing challenges in breaking through the strong defensive line. Garbisi attempts to find a gap but ultimately kicks towards the blindside without success. France then kicks into Italy’s territory and Italy responds with a counterattack along the sidelines. There is a moment of promise as Capuozzo makes a spiralled pass to a teammate on the right flank, but unfortunately it is ruled as a forward pass. However, Italy quickly regains possession with a scrum penalty and now has a line-out on France’s 22.

After 56 minutes, France has possession once again, but Fickou is pushed back by a strong tackle from Mononcello. Italy is forced to scramble after a chip up the field by France. However, a poor kick from Varney gives France the advantage and they push forward. Unfortunately, they are unable to capitalize on the opportunity as another penalty brings their attack to a halt. As a French supporter, I would be frustrated by this turn of events.

After 54 minutes, Italy’s scrum is steady and Page-Relo makes a lengthy clearance before being replaced by Varney.

After 52 minutes, France made another frustrating mistake by losing the ball during their attack. It’s possible that Ruzza cleverly caused a disruption in contact. Nevertheless, France’s attempt at a scoring opportunity was once again unsuccessful.

After 50 minutes, France kicked the ball out from just beyond their own 22-meter line, giving Italy possession. However, Romain Taofifenua used his large size to secure the ball and earn a penalty on the ground.

After 49 minutes, France substitutes in the Taofifenua brothers, Marchand, Aldegheri, and Roumat, making significant changes to their pack. Additionally, Lucu is also replaced.

After 47 minutes, Ruzza displays resilience in maintaining possession despite being under pressure. Italy continues to keep the ball in motion, completing seven phases and then eight. A wide pass is followed by a sudden chip that nearly lands in a favorable position. Unfortunately, the Italian wing (possibly Menoncello) is unable to reach it with a stretched out dive.

The soft lead of 10 points for Italy and France has been regained. Just a minute ago, Page-Relo managed to trap France in their own 22. However, two penalties caused a 60-meter shift and resulted in three points being added to the score.

After 44 minutes, Lucu makes a break on the blindside and kicks the ball, which is poorly returned by Capuozzo. This allows France to counterattack and they make their way through several tackles, mainly thanks to Cros who is playing exceptionally well. Italy is struggling to keep up and they make an unnecessary foul, giving away a penalty on the ground.

After 43 minutes, France successfully gains possession from the line-out despite being under pressure. Italy’s overcommitment at the breakdown results in a penalty, giving France some relief.

After 42 minutes, Italy appears to be more focused and precise. Their ability to keep possession of the ball has improved as they advance towards the midfield. Page-Relo executes a well-placed low kick, putting pressure on France’s defense. While it may not result in a 50-22, it does force France to make a throw from their own 22-meter line.

France is now playing with 14 players. Just before the start of the game, the referee has given a red card, giving Italy a big chance. The second half is now beginning.

It is difficult to understand how this remains yellow. Danty is facing significant trouble.

Um, what he mentioned.

Garbisi finishes off the first half with a powerful long-distance kick, earning Italy their first points.

The team will eagerly enter the locker room down 10-3. Despite France’s potential to score five tries, they only scored one. Italy’s defense held strong and even managed to hold their own in the scrum. While France clearly dominated, they will begin the second half with a disadvantage as Danty received a yellow card for a high tackle.

This is an odd one. It could still go either way.

There is no question about it. This could be changed to red. He never lowered himself enough and had ample time to adapt. It was a well-executed play as he quickly rose to deliver the hit. However, upon further review, it appeared quite concerning.

For over 40 minutes, Italy has maintained their offensive momentum after the half time signal. Garbisi and Brex utilize openings in the defense to make advances. However, the play becomes chaotic and disorganized with numerous erratic passes and players adjusting from stationary positions. The attack ultimately ends without success, but the possibility of Danty delivering a strong impact remains.

In the span of 40 minutes, Italy has received two back-to-back penalties in their own 22, allowing them to kick the ball out of their territory. Vintcent is performing exceptionally well as the anchor of Italy’s team. His quick and agile movements as he picks up the ball and advances forward have been effective.

After 39 minutes, France continues to struggle. Woki successfully wins a line-out and the team mauls before breaking apart. Lucu passes the ball and Ramos throws a curved pass to Penaud, but it’s too high for him to catch. Penaud attempts to pass the ball back in play while jumping, but it goes behind Lebel and results in a knock-on. Once again, France fails to score despite making it into Italy’s 22.

After 37 minutes, there was a moment of suspense as Tuilagi attempted to score a try with a pick and go, but was unsuccessful in grounding the ball. The play began with impressive skills from the young, powerful Tuilagi who received a short pass, faked out a defender with a dummy, and swiftly evaded another tackler to make a break down the field. Although France recycled the ball effectively, they were unable to execute a decisive move. Lucu and di Mauvaka also made attempts, but it was ultimately Tuilagi who was stopped just short of the line. Taking advantage of a penalty, the team opted to kick to the corner and set up a maul.

Jalibert is unable to recover from his injury and will be substituted by Moefana. Ramos will move to the position of 10.

After 35 minutes, Lamaro enters a breakdown and retrieves a loose ball. It appears that France neglected to block that area. Italy manages to get rid of the ball, but there is worry for Jalibert who is holding his right knee and appears to be in a lot of pain. It turns out he was hit hard in the groin while passing the ball.

Once again, France has not met expectations and their fans in the stands appear visibly frustrated.

After 33 minutes, the Italian team chooses to throw the ball in short during the line-out. This is a deliberate strategy to avoid giving the ball to France’s physically strong players. The tactic proves successful once again as they advance but without much impact until Fischetti manages to evade a few defenders. Ramos receives a kick and moves forward, only to be stopped by French players and earning a penalty around the halfway mark. Jalibert takes advantage of this and kicks the ball to the 22.

After 31 minutes, Italy is struggling to maintain consistent possession. Despite winning the line-out and making progress with smooth passing, they continue to lose the ball in physical contact. France briefly regains possession with a lackluster kick, but Italy quickly regains it with a haphazard punt of their own. The game is becoming stagnant. Penaud takes the ball down the right side and tries a kick and run, but it goes off the side of his foot and out of bounds.

After 30 minutes, Italy is awarded a scrum penalty. Baille is penalized for going to the ground, causing the crowd to quiet down. Garbisi now has the opportunity to kick the ball away from the danger zone, but it falls about 10 meters shy of the halfway point.

After 28 minutes, Italy’s scrum successfully holds and they execute a well-planned exit strategy. However, a careless off-load is intercepted by Cros, giving France a chance in the red zone. The ball is passed wide and Jalibert chooses to run instead of passing, which raises questions about his decision-making as the French number 10. Fickou changes direction and Tuilagi displays impressive hand skills to keep the ball moving. A loose pass hits the ground, but Penaud manages to pick it up and gain some ground. Italy’s strong defense creates a scrappy phase for France, who eventually knock-on. This gives Italy another opportunity to exit with a scrum.

After 26 minutes, Italy successfully gains possession from the line-out and Vintcent makes significant progress with a powerful run. However, France regains possession after Italy loses the ball in a tackle. A kick returns possession to Italy, but they make a costly error as Brex takes too long to clear the ball with his boot. The ball is then blocked by France, giving them an opportunity to score in the corner. Unfortunately, Lebel is unable to retrieve the loose ball from the ground, resulting in a scrum for Italy.

Source: theguardian.com