France 15-9 Argentina, Montpellier, November 20
France put the boot into Argentina
ESPNscrum Staff
November 20, 2010
Date/Time: Nov 20, 2010, 20:45 local, 19:45 GMT
Venue: Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
France 15 - 9 Argentina
Attendance: 31993  Half-time: 9 - 3
Pens: Parra 4
Drops: Traille
Pens: Contepomi 3
France put the boot into Argentina

France secured revenge for their humiliating summer loss to Argentina in Montpellier on Saturday, pulling through 15-9 at the Stade de la Mosson.

Scrum-half Morgan Parra kicked four penalties for the home side in miserable conditions, with fly-half Damien Traille weighing in with a drop-goal, as they atoned for a 41-13 hammering at Velez Sarsfield in June.

Toulon's Felipe Contepomi kicked all of Argentina's points in a game lacking any real attacking due to the pre-match downpour and the Pumas' successful spoiling tactics at the breakdown.

Parra opened the scoring on 11 minutes with a penalty, with Contepomi replying five minutes later to level the scores. Both sides then passed up opportunities at goal, a Parra miss followed up by an effort from 50 metres by Pumas fullback Martin Rodriguez.

Parra extended the lead with his second penalty after 25 minutes but the home side should have had more. A series of scrum penalties five metres from the Argentinian line went the way of Les Bleus following a magnificent touch-finder from Traille, with Parra eventually cutting his losses and opting for the shot at goal.

Five minutes later France's lead was out to six following another successful kick from their scrum-half and Aurelien Rougerie, playing his first Test in the centre, soon brought the crowd to their feet with a brilliant break through the heart of the Pumas' defence, the Clermont skipper only running out of support after Genaro Fessia held back his man.

Aurelien Rougerie is snared in a tackle, France v Argentina, Mosson Stadium, Montpellier, France, November 20, 2010
France's Aurelien Rougerie is wrapped up in a tackle © Getty Images

Parra missed his first shot of the second-half to let Argentina off the hook and the visitors soon sparked their best attack of the game to give Contepomi the chance to close the gap to three points. France responded well, though, with another enterprising Rougerie break sending wing Yoann Huget into space before Traille knocked over a well-struck drop-goal.

Parra and Contepomi traded further penalties to leave the score at 15-6 at the hour mark and France saw another prime opportunity go begging as errors undid a surge from replacement Imanol Harinordoquy.

Gonzalo Camacho set off on a burst along the wing in a rare moment of attacking intent from the Pumas but was chopped down by Parra, with another attack from the visitors resulting in a French turnover after several static phases in sight of the line.

Both sides scrapped hard in the closing stages but conditions remained prohibitive, with neither threatening any late drama before France replacement Jerome Porical called time with a boot to touch.

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