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Los Pumas vs Les Bleus

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Reader Submissions on 19 Nov 2012 at 14:15
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Argentina and France have been battling it out on the rugby field since 1949, when France made their first trip to Argentina.

It took Argentina 16 tests to get their 1st win under leadership of Hugo Porta in 1985.

In the 45 tests between these two, France has won 32 against Argentina’s 12 and one ending in a draw.

Last time these two teams met was earlier this year during Frances Southern Hemisphere tour to Argentina, where France lost the first test 20-23 and won the second 49-10.

Both France and Argentina coming off wins last weekend, Argentina was 1st up against Wales, beating them 26-12 and France thumping the Aussies 33-6.

These two teams met again tonight in France, this time Argentina visiting for their end of year tour to the Northern Hemisphere.

The game started like a 100m sprint with both teams not afraid to run it to the opposition but also giving the ball some air when needed, particularly Michalak had a good kicking game for France in the opening rounds.

Michalak seemed well in control with good goal kicking and distribution of the ball across the width of the field, using the skip pass to get the ball to their danger men, he also used clever territorial kicking to keep France in the Pumas half.

Argentina really looked good in the 1st quarter of the game and took an early lead after some good ball handling to score a try under the post, but the French answered with 3 of their own to finish the 1st half 24-13 in their favour..

In the 2nd half we saw some more territorial kicking from both teams, but it wasn’t just the ball flying high, the tempers were also at a high causing some pushing and shoving, but thats something you can expect from two proud and passionate countries.

The two no 10 were the only ones scoring points in the 2nd half through panelties and drop goals.

Argentine winger Horacio Agulla managed to get his head in the wrong place when attempting a tackle and was stretcher of the field, lets hope it was just precautionary and his injury is not to serious.

For France Freddy Michalak had a good game taking control after the 1st quarter when it looked like the Pumas might have the upper hand, Michalak managed to score 24 points with the boot and was also rewarded man of the match, another player that stood out and also scored one of those 1st half tries was Yannick Nyanga.

For the Pumas Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe did good work on defense and a lot of ground work helping him and also to keep the points ticking was Nicolas Sanchez scoring 17 with his boot.

In the end the French fair might have been too much for the Pumas, mixed with some clever kicking.

One thing the Pumas did well was the basics, their distribution, ball handling and interplay among the backs and forwards were good, they also cleaned out their rucks to secure quick and clean ball for their backs, but in the end not enough and as a result going down 39-22.

The scorers:
Tries: Clerc 2, Nyanga
Conversions: Michalak 3
Penalties: Michalak 5
DropgoalG: Michalak

Try: Bosch
Conversion: Sanchez
Penalties: Sanchez 4
Dropgoal: Sanchez


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