Les Bleus blank Pumas

France beat Argentina 27-0 in Tucumán on Saturday to level the two-match series.

Les Bleus scored three tries in wet conditions through winger Hugo Bonneval, inside centre Rémi Lamerat and blindside flank Loann Goujon. Scrumhalf Baptiste Serin contributed 12 points via the boot.

France led 10-0 at half-time, thanks to Bonneval's try, which came after a break down the blindside from Serin.

The visitors went on to dominate the second half, with their defence frustrating the Pumas' attack.

Lamerat scored France's second try after a good offload from flyhalf François Trinh-Duc, which prompted the Pumas to empty their bench in a bid to get back into the game.

But the hosts were still unable to get on the scoreboard and Goujon's try completed an emphatic win for the understrength French.

It was the first time in 16 years that Argentina had failed to score any points in a Test.

France – Tries: Hugo Bonneval, Rémi Lamerat, Loann Goujon. Conversions: Baptiste Serin (3). Penalties: Serin (2).

Argentina – 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy (c), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.
Subs: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Santiago García Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Tomás Lezana, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 21 Martín Landajo, 22 Matías Orlando, 23 Lucas González Amorosino.

France – 15 Maxime Médard, 14 Hugo Bonneval, 13 Gaël Fickou, 12 Rémi Lamerat, 11 Djibril Camara, 10 François Trinh-Duc, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Loann Goujon, 5 Yoann Maestri (c), 4 Julien Ledevedec, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Rémi Bonfils, 1 Jefferson Poirot.
Subs: 16 Clément Maynadier, 17 Lucas Pointud, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Paul Jedrasiak, 20 Kélian Galletier, 21 Sébastien Bézy, 22 Jules Plisson, 23 Julien Rey.

Photo: Juan Mabromata/AFP Photo

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