At the beginning of the Contepomi era, Los Pumas lost to France in Mendoza

At the beginning of the Contepomi era, Los Pumas lost to France in Mendoza
At the beginning of the Contepomi era, Los Pumas lost to France in Mendoza

The team of Contepomi He left little in his first performance. He fell to Franceby 28 a 13 in the debut of the new stage of the former scorer of The Pumas. The Gauls, with very little, took a fair victory. Next Saturday they will play the rematch on the court of Velez

At the beginning of the era of Felipe Contepomi, The Pumas They received France in the province of Mendoza for the first time. The French had been in the Cuyo region on the old tours that were made decades ago, but they never faced the Argentine team officially. So the Malvinas Argentinas Stadium of Mendozawelcomed the French with a very good attendance of spectators to witness the test match that put the Visa Macro Bank Cup.

With 13 World Cup players in the starting lineup and some absences forced by call-ups for this international window, the team led by Julian Montoya was making its first test in this new stage, according to Contepomi, the continuity of what began two years ago with the previous one Head Coach, Michael Cheika.

Alejandro Lezcano (Director of sponsorships for the Southern Cone), Brian Anthony (Manager of Transformation at Banco Macro) presenting the cup, Gabriel Travaglini (President of the UAR) and Federico Chiapetta (Undersecretary of Sports for the province of Mendoza)

France came to South America without its main figures, involved in the finals of the Top 14 French just a few days ago. Fabien Galthié will test players, in the two matches against Argentina and during their visit to Uruguay during the week. They were put to the test in their first match with a team that was not well-trained and some players who had not been very competitive in recent times. France He arrived with a new, very young squad, but with three weeks of preparation and 42 players for this tour.

The start was one of study on both sides and the use of the foot as a strategy. The Pumas wasted their own lineout in the opponent’s half which gave possession to France, which also failed to take advantage of it.

Argentina had the clearest chance at 17m, when a good possession found hands in the attack. However, Martin Bogado He lost it just metres from the French in-goal, who with a good clearance went from defending to being one step away from the try. The penalty from the Argentinean mark gave the visitors the chance to open the scoring. I amin front of the posts, made it 3-0 at 21m. At 25m, he tied the score Santiago Carreras with a good penalty, almost straight to the posts (3-3). At 28m he missed it again Argentinaafter a short kick that he could not support DelguyThe French brand arrived with just enough to close.

The Pumas They had their chances, but they couldn’t take advantage of them, but the French did not waste them when they had them. At 36m, Cool found the gap and scored the first try (10-3). That was how the first half ended, with some opportunism for the European team who scored from the only clear chance they had.

France surprised at the start against a sleeping Argentine team. He lost an incredible try after a lineout and maul that ended with the number 3, Dove grounding the ball into the in-goal. However, the pillar fell short and the Argentina He escaped by chance. In any case, at about 5m the second French conquest came, Frisch scored through the center of the defense (17-3).

The Pumas They were a team without surprises. Static and with few variations, they entered the web that was proposed to them Francewith a good defense and no answers when the French had to attack. Thus they were again further down, with another penalty from I am (20-3). At 21m they discounted The Pumaswith the captain’s try Julian Montoyaafter a quick line (20-8). Bathrobewho had entered through Bogado He deflected the shot. He was also already on the field Franco Molinawho was making his debut with the national team.

At 26m the French put an end to the match with the third try. Attisogbe It was leaked in a very weak defense of the Argentine team (25-8). Ten minutes before the end another player made his debut in The Pumasthe Santiago native Baptist Pedemonte. Already in the final minutes there was a penalty of Jaminet (28-8) and the Argentine discount with the try of Orlandothe Tucuman, who was returning to The Pumas after being absent from the roster at the last World Cup (28-13).

This was the debut of The Pumas in the new cycle of Felipe Contepomiwith very few aspects to highlight. There was no connection in general, several scoring opportunities were wasted, and in defence, they were not consistent in stopping a French team that only did what was necessary: ​​take advantage of Argentina’s mistakes to win the first match of the July window.

THE TEAMS

Argentina: 1. Thomas Gallo, 2. Julian Montoya (Captain), 3. Eduardo Bello; 4. Matias Alemanno, 5. Lucas Paulos; 6. Pablo Matera, 7. Marcos Kremer, 8. Joaquin Oviedo; Gonzalo Bertranou, 10. Santiago Carreras; 11. Mateo Carreras, 12. Jerome De la Fuente, 13. Matias Moroni, 11. Bautista Delguy; 15. Martin Bogado. Head Coach: Felipe Contepomi

They entered: 16. Ignacio Ruiz, 17. Mayco Vivas, 18. Lucio Sordoni, 19. Franco Molina, 20. Bautista Pedemonte, 21. Lautaro Bazan Velez. 22. Tomas Albornoz, 23. Matias Orlando

France: 1. Jean-Baptiste Gros, 2. Gaëtan Barlot, 3. Georges-Henri Colombe; 4. Hugo Auradou, 5. Baptiste Pesenti; 6. Judicaël Cancoriet, 7. Oscar Jegou, 8. Jordan Joseph; 9. Baptiste Serin (Captain), 10. Antoine Hastoy; 11. Lester Etien, 12. Antoine Frisch; 13. Émilien Gailleton, 14. Théo Attissogbe; 15. Léo Barré. Head Coach: Fabien Galthié

They entered: 16. Teddy Baubigny, 17. Sébastian Taofifenua, 18. Demba Bamba, 19. Posolo Tuilagi, 20. Mickaël Guillard, 21. Lenni Nouchi, 22. Baptiste Couilloud, 23. Melvyn Jaminet.

Estadio: Argentine Malvinas from Mendoza

Referee: Chris Bubsy (IRFU).

Assistant: Andrew Brace (IRFU) and Eoghan Cross (IRFU).

TMO: Marius van der Westhuizen (SARU)

The many PT: 21m, penalty by Hastoy (F); 25m, penalty by S. Carreras (A); 36m, try by Serin converted by Hastoy (F). Partial result: Argentina 3 vs. France 10. ST: 5m, try by Frisch converted by Hastoy (F); 16m, Hastoy penalty (F); 21m, try by Montoya (A); 26m, try by Attissogbe (F); 35m, penalty by Jaminet (F); 37m, try by Orlando (A).

 
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