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Match Report – France scrape through against Pumas

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It was a game of two halves but at the end a drop goal won it for France 23-21.

Argentina did all they can but just did not showed up in that first half.

It was a nervous start for both sides trying to play in each others half of the field.

With both teams trying to get over the defence we saw some big hits coming in from both the sides.

It was a brilliant break by the Argentinians that led to the first points in the match through a penalty. This gave them a 3-0 lead early on.

From some great backline play France took the lead when Gael Fickou got over. The conversion was good and they led Argentina 7-3.

The French turned on the magic showing off their handling skills and support play when Antoine Dupont got over in the corner.

This extend their lead to 14-3.

France still controlling the game got another penalty and extend the lead to 17-3.

Argentina did come back and had plenty of opportunity to get more points on the board but decided to go twice for lineout drive just to get penalty against them in the scrum.

France had a late penalty in the first half to stretch their lead to 20-3 at the break and a lot to do for Argentina if they want to win this in the second half.

Argentina had the perfect start to the second half getting a penalty and going again for the lineout but this time score through Guido Petti Pagadizaval.

This brought them back into the game reducing the lead to 20-10.

The Pumas kept the pressure on and were camping in the French twenty two.

Montoya was at the end of another driving maul form the Pumas to reduce the lead to just 5.

Argentina took the lead through a penalty just to get it snatch away through a drop goal by Camille Lopez.

With 10 minutes to go France led by 23-21.

Argentina had a last change with along range penalty but it was missed and France held on for the win but just.

Scorers:

France: Tries – Gael Fickou, Antoine Dupont Conversions – Romain Ntamack(2) Penalties – Romain Ntamack(2)

Argentina: Tries – Guido Petti Pagadizaval, Julian Montoya Conversions – Nicolas Sanchez Penalties – Nicolas Sanchez, Benjamin Urdapilleta(2)

 

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