Pumas Thrash France 41-13
Argentina reacted well to their disappointing results against Scotland by thrashing the French 41-13 on June 26 in Buenos Aires.
The Pumas captain, Felipe Contepomi, had probably his best game in an Argentina shirt as he managed to scratch up 31 points in the win, making sure that his side bounced back in the right way following their double Scottish defeat.
France will be very disappointed with the loss after a promising domestic campaign that saw French sides emerge as the strongest in Europe. However, there were far too many basic defensive errors in the French performance and this gave plenty of space for players like Contepomi to race into and take advantage of.
The French will have to go back to the drawing board and look at what went wrong. They lacked a great deal of creativity up front, which was needed because it was clear that the Argentine defence was going to be as stubborn as possible after frailties in that part of the team were exposed by the Scottish.
This performance from Argentina will go a long way to rubbishing a great deal that was said about them during the recent games against Scotland. A lot of people said that the side were not going anywhere fast and that they would remain as the major developing side for the next few years.
However, Contepomi’s performance in particular has proven that if the Argentina team play as well as they possibly can do then they will be too good for the side that won the Six Nations at ease. This is the same Six Nations that involves the best teams in European rugby.
There was plenty of pace and venom in the Argentine attack. They managed to get the ball from one side of the pitch to the other quickly and in as few passes as possible. The defence also stayed very compact as men got behind the ball in order to throw late tackles at the on rushing French players.
This is not going to be one of the French performances that sticks in the minds of many rugby lovers in France. They were void of any threatening and tactical ideas, which would have been needed during the match. They would have been rolled over by many sides based on this showing.
The problem is that there was not enough in all areas of the pitch. The side gave the ball away far too easily and placed far too much pressure on their kicker to keep them within touching distance of the Argentine score.
The French will have to go back to the drawing board and start again. They must start from the back because it’s important that they keep the opposition points total low while trying to score themselves.
The French need to double up on big and fast players like Contepomi. This will allow the French to take his influence out of the game and then burst forward in attack, which will give them a better chance of effectively blowing away this Argentina side.
Not many people would have expected such an emphatic win from the Argentines and this result probably would have thrown your mind into chaos. Therefore, you must go to the individuals who are scoring regularly for your best options.
Contepomi is a very experienced player and he is very capable of repeating this sort of showing. Keep in mind that France will put an extra man on him during the next game but his kicking will always mean he is one of the most productive scorers in a game.