ROME (AP) — Italy's unwanted record in the Six Nations continued as a relieved France came away from the Stadio Olimpico with a 25-14 win in the teams' last match on Saturday.
France was ruthless when it carved out rare opportunities and tries from Antoine Dupont, Yoann Huget and Damian Penaud — two of which were converted by Romain Ntamack — handed it what was only its second win in this year's tournament.
Penaud's try came after more sustained pressure from Italy with France having to see out the match with 14 men after hooker Camille Chat was shown a yellow card.
Tito Tebaldi scored his first try for Italy but Tommaso Allan missed some crucial kicks. Marco Zanon missed a chance to score a try on his debut and had another ruled out on video review as Italy fell to its 22nd successive defeat in the Six Nations.
Italy captain Sergio Parisse and Leonardo Ghiraldini also missed chances to go over as Italy failed to make the most of their opportunities.
"In life, you don't always get what you deserve," said Italy coach Conor O'Shea.
Parisse and Ghiraldini were likely making their last international appearances on home soil after playing in more than 100 games. Ghiraldini injured a knee in the second half and was stretchered off to applause from players and supporters.
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