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France 60-7 Italy: Hosts Secure Knockout Qualification as Pool Winners in Dominant Victory without Antoine Dupont

Rugby World Cup hosts France have secured their spot in the quarter-finals by convincingly defeating Italy to claim the top spot in Pool A. Despite missing Antoine Dupont, France had no trouble handling Italy, who exited the tournament after suffering two significant defeats, the previous one being against New Zealand. Damian Penaud scored twice as France showed no signs of falling victim to an upset.

France cruised into the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with a hammering of Italy in front of a passionate home crowd in Lyon.
Any hopes Italy had of denying the host nation a place in the knockout stages were obliterated during a stunning start to the game that saw France run in three early tries.
The high tempo and sublime skills of the French proved too much for a sloppy Italian side who struggled to click even at set-pieces.

France needed no invitation to attack, but took full advantage of Italy’s generosity, with Damien Penaud scoring twice in the first half along with tries from Louis Bielle-Biarrey and Thomas Ramos, to secure a bonus point before the break.
And the tries kept on coming after the interval as France delivered a display that will raise home hopes that they can lift the Webb Ellis Cup for the first time.
The tournament hosts will now face one of South Africa, Ireland or Scotland in the quarter-finals in what promises to be a knockout game for the ages.

TALKING POINT – WHO CAN BEAT THIS FRENCH TEAM?
France started their campaign with victory over New Zealand and showed in this demolition of Italy that they are peaking at just the right time for the knockout stages.
Huge in the tight, aggressive at the breakdown and phenomenal with the ball in hand, France have a bit of everything and nobody will want to face them.

France 60-7 Italy: Hosts Secure Knockout Qualification as Pool Winners in Dominant Victory without Antoine Dupont


The home advantage will surely help France against whichever team they end up facing in the final eight and it’s going to take something special to stop them marching towards the final in Paris.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH – GRÉGORY ALLDRITT
A number of players could have won the Player of the Match award, but with 20 carries and 84 metres made, France’s number eight was at the heart of his team’s all-action effort.

While Damian Penaud’s dazzling performance with the ball was remarkable, what truly stood out during the evening was France’s defensive aggression and unwavering strength. Among the players, no one personified this better than Alldritt.

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