France fail in Argentina – Argentina 41-13 France

Argentina expunged their home series defeat by Scotland in style with a record 41-13 thumping of Six Nations champions France in Buenos Aires.

Fly-half Felipe Contepomi led the way with two tries, three conversions and five penalties in a 31-point haul.

Felipe Contepomi
Felipe Contepomi

Number eight Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe scored the Pumas’ opening try and wing Lucas Amorosino also crossed. France, who fielded a strong side, could only muster two penalties and a second-half try from Julien Malzieu.

Their previous worst result against the Pumas was at the 2007 World Cup, when they lost the third-place play-off 34-10, and it was a fourth consecutive defeat for the Tricolores on Argentine soil.

Scorers

Argentina
Tries: Contepomi2, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, Lucas Amorosino
Contepomi Pen: 5 Con: 2
France
Try: Julien Malzieu
Malzieu Pen: 2 Con

Teams

Argentina: Rodriguez, Amorosino, Tiesi, Fernandez, Carballo, Contepomi, Vergallo; Roncero, Ledesma, Scelzo, Carizza, Albacete, Fessia, Campos, Fernandez Lobbe.
Replacements: Agulla for Fernandez (77), Ayerza for Roncero (62), Creevy for Ledesma (65), Figallo for Scelzo (56), Leguizamon for Campos (55).
Not Used: Galarza, Figuerola.

France: Porical, Clerc, Fritz, Mazars, Malzieu, Trinh-Duc, Parra; Barcella, Szarzewski, Mas, Pape, Nallet, Dusautoir, Picamoles, Bonnaire.
Replacements: Poitrenaud for Mazars (50), Yachvili for Parra (61), Guirado for Szarzewski (61), Poux for Mas (72), Pierre for Nallet (50), Lamboley for Bonnaire (50).
Not Used: Rougerie.

Sin Bin: Fritz (36).

Att: 32,460

Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)