With a revamped team, the Blues take the measure of Argentina

Mathieu Warnier, Media365, published on Saturday July 6, 2024 at 11:05 p.m.

At the end of a controlled match against an opponent who was far from being up to par, the French XV recorded a fifth consecutive victory against Argentina (13-28).

The experimentation paid off. Deprived of the most sought-after players this season and the Top 14 finalists, Fabien Galthié decided to use the tour in South America to test candidates for a place in the group. With everything to gain, this “new look” French XV did more than respond to the occasion of the first of the two test matches against the Pumas, on the pitch of the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza. The start of the match saw both teams abuse the foot game despite the end of the “Dupont law” decided by World Rugby. The French defense, however, proved solid to plug any potential space. However, the offensive clumsiness did not allow the score to change before the 23rd minute. It was at this moment that Antoine Hastoy showed the precision of his foot to open the score on a penalty. However, in the process, Oscar Jégou was guilty of a charge without the ball on Thomas Gallo, offering Santiago Carreras the opportunity to equalize, which he did not miss. At the half-hour mark, Bautista Delguy came close to scoring the first try of the match.

Serin showed the way to the French XV

A last-minute return by Antoine Frisch stopped the Pumas winger from scoring. The Blues were the first to go to the box and, as a good captain, Baptiste Serin showed the way. After a well-executed throw-in, the French scrum-half kicked twice for himself, disorienting the Argentinian defence to score a try despite the return of Pablo Matera. The French XV then went into the dressing room with a seven-point lead. As soon as the game resumed, the Blues forwards pushed but George-Henri Colombe was unable to stretch his arm far enough to score on the line. It was only a postponement since, for his first selection, Antoine Frisch offered himself a try. The future Toulon player beautifully concluded an action launched by a conquering scrum then relays from Antoine Hastoy, who converted, then Léo Barré. Felipe Contepomi and Fabien Galthié started to rotate their squads but it didn’t change anything. With 25 minutes to go, Antoine Hastoy added three points from a penalty after offside positions in midfield.

Argentina reacted too late

The Argentinian awakening was outlined at the hour mark, when Julian Montoya concluded with force an action initiated on a touch five meters away and concluded in the closed side. Tomas Albornoz then missed the conversion. Approaching the last ten minutes, the Blues consolidated their lead thanks to the first try by Théo Attisogbé. The Pau winger first saw Posolo Tuilagi break through the defensive curtain of the Pumas then combine clumsily with Antoine Hastoy. However, the cross pass for his winger was perfect and sent him to the try but the conversion did not go through. Barely having entered at the back to replace Léo Barré, Melvyn Jaminet showed the power of his kick to add three last points. The Pumas then had the last word with Matia Orlando who was found at the foot by Santiago Carreras and who played against a disorganized tricolor defense. A last hurrah that did not change the outcome of the match. This renewed French XV showed what it is capable of with a fifteen-point victory (13-28). But the Argentinians will want to take their revenge next weekend in Buenos Aires.

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