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- International Match
- 17th Nov 2012
- KO 20:00
- Ground: Stade de France, Paris
France v Argentina - Live
80 France make it two wins from two in November and set up what should be a great game against Samoa next week. For Argentina, they were impressive in the first-half and will look to take that good form into their clash with Ireland. Thanks for following!
78 MICHALAK PENALTY! 39-22! That should be that then.
76 So frustrating for Argentina as they look to go from their own 22 but just when things looked promising, Amorosino spilled a ball close to halfway. One sympathises.
74 Agulla is leaving on a stretcher after getting his head caught in the wrong place when trying to tackle Huget. On comes Joaquin Tuculet for the final minutes.
73 MICHALAK PENALTY! 36-22! That is harsh on the Pumas. A pass from Parra strikes one of the visitors on the head as he was trying to get out of the way and results in another shot at goal for Michalak. He hasn't looked like missing for a while.
70 Vincent Debaty is on for the impressive Mas as France look to kill this game off. They have it on the away 22 and look sprightly. Stay tuned for the result of this.
68 MICHALAK PENALTY! 33-22! Eleven-point gap again.
66 SANCHEZ DROP! 30-22! That is impressive from the fly-half. Moments after missing that penalty he sits back in the pocket and sends a sweetly struck drop-goal through the uprights. Eight points is the deficit now that Argentina will work on.
64 Mas has just been penalised by Walsh for dropping his bind so once again the lead could go back to eight points. Sanchez lines it up but it's painfully short.
63 Argentina seem to be struggling for attacking ideas right now as the match's entertainment value takes a hit. Shame as the first period was pretty special.
60 MICHALAK PENALTY! 30-19! Replacement hooker Creevy is penalised for not releasing the tackled player so the lead could be back to eleven here...and is. Michalak passes 300 Test points for his country with that kick before lock Suta comes on.
59 Things were looking promising there for France as Picamoles carried them to within 20, but then resulting fumble meant that possession changed hands.
56 SANCHEZ PENALTY! 27-19! Clerc is caught offside at a ruck now so up steps Sanchez from about 40 metres on the angle. This kick will cut the lead down to eight points again...no mistake. The Pumas fly-half is kicking very well in Lille tonight.
55 That is brilliant from replacement Camacho as he crabs across the field before putting in an excellent touch-finder that rolls five metres from the French whitewash.
54 The ground-staff are on with their pitch forks now before the scrum sets itself with 26 minutes remaining. French ball here with Domingo met well as he takes it up.
51 Kayser and Domingo are on for France as Saint-Andre looks to add fresh legs to this pack. They have possession on halfway until losing the ball forward.
49 Guinazu is off for Agustin Creevy in the hooking position as the soccer pitch continues to cut up. They will not be happy when they play their next Ligue 1 match.
48 MICHALAK DROP! 27-16! They do. Smart decision.
47 Argentina are looking slick once more and clear their lines with ease from the restart. The ball is coming back to them though via the boot of Machenaud and that leads to France launching a period of pressure on the away 22. Will France respond?
44 SANCHEZ PENALTY! 24-16! Great kick.
43 This helps though as Dulin fails to gather a high ball and Bosch looks to go wide to the right in the aftermath. They end up getting a penalty for their hard work, with Fritz being told off by Walsh. This could cut the lead down to eight although it's a tough kick.
Second-half Welcome back. Eleven points in the gap Argentina has to claw their way back from and they will need the likes of Tiesi, Bosch, Lobbe and Agulla to be at the top of their game if they are to do it. Errors like that won't help though as Amorosino fumbles.
40 Walsh blows for the end of the half, and what a half it has been in Lille. Argentina were looking in very good shape before France hit back with three tries so we go into the break at 24-13 to the hosts. Stay with us for the rest of this, it shouldn't disappoint.
38 That kick is just short from Michalak from 45 metres out.
37 Argentina desperately need any form of a score before half-time and at least have possession on the French ten-metre to work with. France sense it is a key time though and their defence stands tall and eventually win themselves a penalty. The tee is called.
35 MICHALAK CONVERSION! 24-13! The lead is eleven.
34 NYANGA TRY! 22-13! French line-out here on the Argentina 22 with seven or so minutes remaining of the first-half. They look to maul but don't get much joy initially until pacey flanker Nyanga scorches to the line with two on his back. What a score!
30 Almost! Bosch made a scything break down the middle before throwing a speculative pass that his team-mates couldn't read. Chance gone with a try-line very much in sight 20 metres out. Instead, France soon get a penalty and clear their lines up to halfway.
28 In fact the French may be on the receiving end of some points here as Steve Walsh blows for some holding at a ruck. Argentina go for position here from halfway and edge further into opposition territory. Can they strike back after this fine French spell?
25 France are running hot right now but don't trouble the scorers on this occasion as they offend at the breakdown. So, 25 minutes gone and we've had 30 points.
22 MICHALAK CONVERSION! 17-13! A simple two.
21 CLERC TRY! 15-13! A second try in two minutes from the Toulouse wing. This time he collects a nice grubber from Florian Fritz down the left wing before scooting over under the uprights. What a game we are having at Stade Lille Metropole.
19 MICHALAK CONVERSION! 10-13! Extra two added.
18 CLERC TRY! 8-13! Clerc moves ahead of Philippe Saint-Andre in France's try scoring list after a Picamoles break saw Pape set up the wing who finished off.
17 France are not holding back with their expansive style but the Pumas soak it up well and are now back in possession on halfway. Unsurprisingly it's fairly here.
14 SANCHEZ PENALTY! 3-13! Ten-point lead in Lille.
13 France's fringe defence is looking decidedly weak here under this impressive Pumas attack. Another penalty comes for them. Lobbe points to the posts.
10 SANCHEZ PENALTY! 3-10! A good lead for Argentina.
9 Argentina are on the march once more and go through the heart of the French defence. The hosts don't know how to deal with this direct yet delicate style from the Pumas and it results in an offside. Stay tuned for the result of Sanchez's penalty shot.
6 SANCHEZ CONVERSION! 3-7! Easy enough.
5 BOSCH TRY! 3-5! What a response from Argentina. An initial break from Gonzalo Tiesi sparks simple two on ones which allows Bosch to race under the posts.
3 MICHALAK PENALTY! 3-0! What a start from France as they make good metres due to spreading it. They are up to the 22 before the Pumas come offside.
Kick-off The roof is shut and we are ready for the off. Argentina kick-off and the ball bounces and goes into touch. First test of the French line-out sees Fulgence Ouedraogo take the ball before Maxime Machenaud has his attempted clearance charged down.
France have made one change with Yoann Maestri in for Jocelino Suta while Argentina give Marcelo Bosch, Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino and Horacio Agulla starts.
Welcome Hello and welcome from Lille for our final live coverage of the day. This should be a titanic affair between Les Bleus and Los Pumas, which needs little introduction. France won the last time they met but don't write off Argentina, who beat Wales last week.
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