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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?

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