France U20 picked up their second victory of the Six Nations on Friday as they edged out Italy 18-13 at the Stadio Santa Rosa in Cagliari.
The visitors led 12-3 at the turnaround thanks to tries from hooker Florian Dufour and prop Ugo Boniface, with Romain N’Tamack converting one.
Italy fly-half Antonio Rizzi did hit back for the hosts in the second-half with a converted try and one more penalty but the boot of opposite number N’Tamack kept the French ahead as they move up to third position, at least provisionally, ahead of Saturday’s other two games.
This is Italy’s fourth straight loss in this year’s Six Nations as they remain rooted to the foot of the standings with just one round remaining.
Pens: Cioffi 2
Tries: Dufour, Boniface
Pens: N’Tamack 2
Italy: 15 Massimo Cioffi, 14 Andrea Bronzini, 13 Ludovico Vaccari, 12 Marco Zanon (c), 11 Giovanni D’Onofrio, 10 Antonio Rizzi Vincenzo, 9 Charly Ernst Trussardi, 8 Giovanni Licata, 7 Nardo Casolari, 6 Jacopo White, 5 Gabriele Venditti, 4 Lorenzo Blocks, 3 Joshua Zilocchi, 2 Massimo Ceciliani, 1 Daniel Rimpelli
Replacements: 16 Alberto Rollero, 17 Danilo Fischetti, 18 Marco Riccioni, 19 Nicholas Cannon, 20 Michele Lamaro, 21 MatteoMaria Panunzi, 22 Michelangelo Biondelli, 23 Roberto Dal Zilio
France: 15 Romain Buros, 14 Faraj Fartass, 13 Théo Millet, 12 Alexandre Arrate, 11 William Iraguha, 10 Romain N’Tamack, 9 Baptiste Couilloud, 8 Alexandre Roumat, 7 Dylan Crétin, 6 Killian Geraci, 5 Mickaël Capelli, 4 Florian Verhaeghe, 3 Thomas Laclayat, 2 Florian Dufour, 1 Ugo Boniface
Replacements: 16 Léo Aouf, 17 Etienne Fourcade, 18 Georges-Henri Colombe, 19 Alban Requet, 20 Cameron Woki, 21 Jérémy Valençot, 22 Pierre-Louis, 23 Geoffrey Cros
Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)
Assistant Referees: Finlay Brown (Scotland), Ross Mabon (Scotland)
TMO: Charles Samson (Scotland)