Sunday, June 5, 2011
Argentina Pumas defeat French Barbarians
Los Pumas first international match of 2011 was successful but tight as Argentina defeated the French Barbarians 23-19 in Avallenada on Saturday afternoon. In an error dominated match, played in cold conditions, the South Americans managed to stage a come back after the French Barbarians had gone ahead in the early stages of the contest. The Stade Francais duo of Guillaume Boussès and Lionel Beauxis got the scorecard underway as Boussès went over for the games first try in the 12th minute of play. Argentina hit back in the 23rd minute with a try to backrower Genario Fessia. Contepomi converted it to make the scores 7-7. French Barbarians right winger, Adrien Planté scored an unconverted try in the 29th minute as Los Pumas looked in trouble with defensive issues. The South Americans, however, fought back immediately with scrumhalf Agustin Figuerola going over for an unconverted try in the 38th minute. Figuerola's try made it 12-12 at the interval.
Argentina came out the better side after the break with Felipe Contepomi scoring first as he slotted a 57th minute penalty goal and then, five minutes latter going over to finish a well-worked try. The French Barbarians hit back with a try to South African born backrower, Gerhard Vosloo. With Beauxis on target the French Barbarians cut the Pumas lead to a single point. Contepomi slotted a penalty with six minutes remaining to ease the pressure on the South Americans but the side was clearly missing its English based players and French players involved in the latter stages of the Top 14. Argentina, nonetheless, held on for a 23-19 victory. The second match of the two match series will be played in the North Eastern Argentina city of Resistencia in Chaco province.