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IRB Under 20's Play Off - Argentina 6-30 France

IRB Under 20's Play Off - Argentina 6-30 France
Wednesday 18 Jun 2008 [20:37]
 
France bounced back from the disappointment of missing out on the semi-finals by overcoming Argentina 30-6 in a scrappy encounter at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on Wednesday to book their place in the fifth place play-off.

Flanker Arthur Chollon's try – converted by Julien Dumora – provided France with a fifth minute lead over the Pool A runners up and although Argentina tried desperately to stretch their opponent's defence, they failed to make any significant headway.

In contrast France were far more clinical in their work out wide and with centre Mathieu Bastareaud a constant threat with ball in hand they created numerous opportunities which led to Argentina conceding a penalty which full back Dumora converted for a 10-0 lead.

Unfortunately for the French, the errors which had cost them so dearly in the Pool D decider against host nation Wales last weekend returned to haunt them as Argentina found their feet.

Fly half Benjamín Madero kicked a 25th minute penalty to reduce the arrears and his second successful attempt 11 minutes later brought Argentina to within four points and 10-6 at half time.

Neither side were able to piece together any truly dangerous attacking moves in the opening 20 minutes of the second half and instead it was replacement Mathieu Belie who ultimately edged France further ahead with a 62nd minute penalty after replacement referee David Jones penalising the Pumas for killing the ball inside their own 22.

The score remained at 13-10 until Argentina full back Joaquin Tucullet was sin-binned and Belie kicked another penalty three minutes from time to make sure of victory for France and a fifth place playoff against either Samoa or Australia.

However there was still time for replacements Marc Antoine Rallier and Henry Chavancy to score tries in injury time, both of them converted by Belie, to give the score a more convincing look to it.

 
 

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