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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

France bounce back with convincing win over Argentina in Tucuman

France levelled their two match series against Argentina with a 49-10 thrashing in Tucuman on Saturday. Six changes were made to the team that narrowly lost in Cordoba, and this week they scored six tries, including two from winger Yoann Huget. 

France ended their 14-year losing streak in Argentina as Freddie Michalak made his first Test start in five years. He kicked superbly and collected a personal tally of 19 points.

Agen number nine Maxime Machenaud scored a try on Test debut, eliciting a response from the French commentator which went something like: "Wohaaay, Wohooo, Haa Haa!"

Felipe Contepomi played what could be his final game, as he may be unavailable for the Rugby Championship due to club commitments with Stade Francais. He kicked the final points of the match after the home side scored a consolation try, and left the field to a warm reception from the crowd.

"I'm disappointed that we didn't play well and when you make so many mistakes they then prove to be very expensive," said Contepomi after the game. "We knew what the French were coming to do but we didn't know what to do to counter it."

Argentina now need to regroup ahead of the Rugby Championship, following a good win over Italy and one against France, but the latest outing was somewhat of an error riddled performance.

How do you think Argentina will fare in the inaugral Rugby Championship?

Posted at 8:29 am | 17 comments

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Alex June 27, 2012 11:02 am

Argentina played a relatively untested and mostly second string side I heard. Is that true? If so, good experience for those men!

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kadova June 27, 2012 4:16 pm

France were also not the strongest side, as all the internationals players above 30 were not included, and there were a lot of new players (Buttin, Dulin, Machenaud..) or young players with just a handful of selections (Fall, Lapandry). And first match for Michalak for France for ages.
Good experience for everybody here.

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Cristian June 27, 2012 5:45 pm

For these 3 tests Argentina did not included 25 players that play in the top 14 and in the guiness premiership so they can rest for the 4N.
Most of this players play in Argentina. The only experienced player of this squad was Felipe contepomi, and he played these tests because he will not played the rugby championship.

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kadova July 01, 2012 7:54 pm

Don't worry Cristian, i didn't try to deny that. The Argentinians (bar Contepomi) were all new boys :)
I just meant the French were not their strongest side.

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Tex15 June 27, 2012 12:32 pm

This guy is now only 2nd to aussie commentators as my favourite people to listen to for rugby!

As far as the game goes Argentina looked pretty awful and if that is how they faired against the french then all I can see is a whitewash for them in the 4N.

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alasdairhache June 27, 2012 12:44 pm

they might surprise Australia or South Africa but I don't believe they can compete with NZ!

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Guy June 27, 2012 12:49 pm

Great highlights, thanks RD!

I missed the singing of the Argentinian national anthem in those highlights. Because these guys seem to be so passionate about representing their country, it gives me shivers every time I see it.

Indeed, they may be white washed in their first year in the 4N. They seem to lack a certain consistency in their performance. On the other hand: so do France and France came second in the World Cup.

It will be a great experience for the players nevertheless and come next world cup I think we will see the difference.

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Agustin June 27, 2012 1:17 pm

These June test were played by a "B" Pumas side, only Contepomi to giude them as he will not play the rugby championship. all players to play the tournament are resting (Hernandez, Fernandez Lobbe, Roncero, etc...). Most of the players who played in June are from the Argentine local league.

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dermot June 27, 2012 1:51 pm

that commentating certainly wasnt manifique

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BristolRugby June 27, 2012 6:02 pm

I wish I had aussies commentating on all the games that i watch...listening to brian moore is infuriating

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moddeur June 27, 2012 10:45 pm

France B vs Argentina C!
The first French try comes from an illegal hold of Contepomi, should be penalty for Argentina. The 2nd Huget try (catches an aerial ball) comes from a mistake by the Argentinian defender who also jumps from the ball. When you're last in the line of defense, 20m from your try line, you don't jump for the ball unless you're sure you can get it.

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Juggernauter June 28, 2012 2:05 am

Yes, this was France C v Pumas B. The first test was hard as nails and very fought, and the Pumas scored through a chased kick and an interception, though France controlled the whole match.

Now you have to take into account they are two very young teams. Machenaud and Tomás de la Vega were particularly impressive.

I think the Pumas will lose (twice) against the ABs by a 30 point margin, to the Wallabies by a 20 point margin and they will perform well against South Africa, as they are both very physical, defence orientated teams.

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Frenchie June 28, 2012 6:45 am

Sure this was not the Argentinian A team but still there are some positive points for the French, in particular the pair made of Michalak & Machenaud, the come back of Huget & Fall at the wings, ...

I hope Argentina will have a great 4N. You should remember they played the AB in the RWC and that they pushed them; i think it could be much tighter than 30 points difference. I can't wait.

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Alex June 28, 2012 9:24 am

Sounds like a good experience for all involved then! Good luck to Argentina, I'll be rooting for them as I always do; with limited resources in comparison to other top tier nations, I find that they always play with such flair and are very dangerous running players. Very exciting to watch!!

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Fettsack June 28, 2012 1:13 pm

Yes it was a France B versus Argentina C, with 25 players getting ready for the 4N but the Argentinians showed good stuff during the first test so this was still a good side facing the French. Don't underestimate them for the 4N!
I though Machenaud was very impressive, I had never seen him play before and he seemed really at ease and was very quick to deliver. I though Michalack was going to play as he does in Super rugby: not good enough, but he was great during this game.

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kadova July 01, 2012 7:52 pm

Machenaud was playing with Morgan Parra at 10 in the under 20 team.

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SiskOZ July 05, 2012 8:41 am

I have always found the Argentinian game extremely boring. Brave, but boring. They bring into the game some football (soccer) element that are unwelcome. Having said that, they do have some very good players, most of them employed in France as Argentina could not sustain a viable championship. In the context of the 4 Nations, which is very different than the World Cup, Argentina will probably get spanked by the All Blacks and the Springboks and easily beaten by Australia. Good luck to them anyway.

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