Match Report – France 29-20 Argentina

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Antoine Dupont, France captain: “The balance is positive, but it was difficult for us to keep the ball and they made it difficult in the first half. Once we succeeded, we put them in difficulties, but there is room for improvement.”

Last Updated: 11/06/21 11:44 pm

Thibaud Flament scored on his Test debut when France beat Argentina

Thibaud Flament scored on his Test debut when France beat Argentina

Second-half attempts by rookie blocking Thibaud Flament and hooker Peato Mauvaka, and Melvyn Jaminet’s superb goal kick helped France to a 29-20 win over Argentina in battle.

Flament was playing half-high for England’s Loughborough University fifth team five years ago, but Saturday was the toast of Paris after his excellent scoring broke a determined Puma defense early in the second half.

Argentina was leading 10-9 at the time after a Tomas Cubelli try in the first half, but Flament’s score was followed by a second Mauvaka try to clear up the hosts.

Argentina showed great spirit to launch a series of attacks in the final 10 minutes and closed the gap with a try from Mateo Carreras, but France had the last word with Jaminet’s fifth penalty.

France had the best of the first quarter and led 6-0 after two penalties from elegant winger Jaminet, but Argentina responded with an unexpected try after 22 minutes.

Emiliano Boffelli missed a penalty attempt, but Pablo Matera charged at Matthieu Jalibert’s subsequent exit 22 and, after being shortly knocked down, Cubelli picked up the ball to score under the posts, with Boffelli converting for a 7-6 lead.

Jaminet put France ahead 9-7 with his third penalty, but then missed a relatively easy quarter just before half-time, only his second error in 20 attempts in his fledgling international career.

France had hoped to find some creative spark by playing Romain Ntamack as a second distributor outside of Jalibert, but it was Puma’s bottom line that started to click, earning a penalty that Boffelli landed to restore his side advantage.

It lasted only a couple of minutes though, as the 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) padlock Flament, which made an excellent all-round debut, ran a student half-fly line on a Jalibert pass. to freak out the local fans.

Another great combination sent scrum half Dupont running down the line, but his score was ruled out by an earlier hit. Argentina defended desperately to stay in the game and were rewarded with another penalty from Boffelli to bring them back to 16-13 down, midway through half time.

However, France’s replacements brought even more intensity and a powerful push splintered an Argentina scrum to earn another penalty for Jaminet for a 19-13 lead.

Relentless pressure from France finally manifested itself again when Jalibert threw a pass from the ground to runaway hooker Mauvaka for his second try.

France were forced into a desperate and impressive defense in the final 15 minutes and, although Carreras scored late and another try was declared “delayed”, Jaminet’s fifth penalty finished a well-deserved victory.

France will face Georgia before their confrontation with New Zealand, while Argentina, who have now lost seven in a row after their clean sweep of losses in the Rugby Championship, play Italy.

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