France beat Italy in Six Nations opener

Aurelien Rougerie dashes for the line to score France's first try against Italy at the Stade de France on Saturday.

Story highlights

  • France beat Italy 30 points to 12 in Paris as Six Nations championship gets underway
  • England defeat Scotland 13-6 at Murrayfield
  • Ireland take on Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday
France kicked-off the 2012 Six Nations championship with a resounding 30-12 win over Italy at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday.
Tries from Aurelien Rougerie, Julien Malzieu, Vincent Clerc and debutant Wesley Fofana along with 10 points from the boot of Dimitri Yachvili ensured new coach Philippe Saint-Andre got his reign off to a winning start as France brushed aside a lacklustre Italian challenge.
The visitors points came courtesy of two penalty kicks and a drop-goal from Kris Burton with a third penalty added by Tobias Botes.
"Not everything was perfect, and we will have to take a closer look at all this during the week," try-scorer Rougerie said afterwards, AFP reported.
"But it is always hard to get into the (Six Nations) tournament and we knew this beforehand," he added, AFP reported.
England also opened up with a win, defeating Scotland 13-6 at Murrayfield.
Debutant Owen Farrell gave England the lead in the 23rd minute with a penalty only for Dan Parks to level the scores three minutes later.
Parks then converted another chance to give Scotland a 6-3 advantage at halftime.
But moments after the restart fly-half Charlie Hodgson scored the only try of the match, charging down an attempted clearance from Parks.
Hodgson's Saracens teammate Farrell added the conversion before adding to England's tally with another penalty seven minutes from the end.
Despite late pressure from the Scots, England held firm to complete their first victory at Murrayfield since 2004.
England's new captain Chris Robshaw was delighted with the win.
"To get your first win away on the road is special, especially with a lot of new players," Robshaw said, AFP reported.
"I can't speak highly enough of all the guys, it was a great team effort and a very proud day," he added, AFP reported.
Ireland take on Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.