Les Bleus cruise in Tucuman

Fly-half Michalak kicks 19 points as in-form France flatten Pumas

Last updated: 24th June 2012  

Les Bleus cruise in Tucuman

Yoann Huget: a try in each half

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France levelled the two-match Test series against Argentina with an emphatic 49-10 victory over the Pumas in Tucuman.

Les Bleus ran in five tries, including two from winger Yoann Huget, while fly-half Frederic Michalak booted 19 points to help clinch his country's first win in Argentina since 1998.

Having lost 23-20 in Cordoba last weekend, France simply blew away their opponents in a devastating first 40 minutes.

The tourists led 30-3 at the break thanks to tries from winger Benjamin Fall, Huget and debutant scrum-half Maxime Machenaud, with Michalak converting all three and adding three penalties.

The hosts' only first-half points came courtesy of a penalty from 34-year-old centre Felipe Contepomi, winning his 77th cap and playing his last game as captain.

Centre Maxime Mermoz and flanker Alexandre Lapandry both touched down in the second half, sandwiching in between a second effort from Huget.

Michalak added another a pair of conversions before Argentina gained a late consolation, flanker Tomas de la Vega touching down for a try that Contepomi converted.

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