Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Contepomi stars for Argentina

Felipe Contepomi

Felipe Contepomi scored 31 points as Argentina found their form to end their summer international series with a convincing 41-13 win over France in Buenos Aires.

The Pumas captain ran in two tries, while Juan Fernandez Lobbe and Rafael Carballo also crossed the whitewash to help Argentina bounce back from their recent 24-16 and 13-9 defeats to Scotland

France took an early lead with Morgan Parra's penalty in the second minute, but fly-half Contepomi slotted over two of his own to put the hosts 6-3 in front by the ninth minute.

The Toulon player missed another penalty in front of the posts in the 12th minute and France equalised with another Parra penalty six minutes later.

Contepomi was on target with another penalty in the 26th minute and, after Florian Fritz had been shown a yellow card, Contepomi added three more points with a 25-yard effort.

Before the end of the first period Argentina scored their first try of the night at the Estadio Jose Amalfitani, as Fernandez Lobbe running from one end to the other to cross the line in the corner. Contepomi converted to put Argentina 19-6 ahead at the break.

Eight minutes after the interval Contepomi evaded the France defence to touch down himself and added the conversion to make it 26-6.

However, Julien Malzieu reduced the deficit as he was left unopposed to score and Parra kicked the conversion to make it 26-13 in the 52th minute.

Scrum-half Nicolas Vergallo then took the ball from a ruck and gave it to Contepomi and he passed to winger Martin Rodriguez Gurruchaga who swept the ball on to Rafael Carballo who crossed for Argentina's third try of the game in the corner. Contepomi though failed to convert but added a penalty in the 65th minute.

And the skipper rounded off his fine display by again avoiding France's weak defence to touch down in the 69th minute. He added another conversion to put the finishing touches to a convincing win.

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