Monday 23 October 2017

Lievremont bids to save 'ruined' tour

Ross Hastie

Argentina and France will both be looking to end a miserable month on a high when they clash in Buenos Aires this evening.

After the Pumas' back-to-back home losses to Scotland, and France's humiliation in South Africa, a loss for either side would spell disaster.

With the French coaching staff saying the tour is already 'ruined' after their horror-show in Cape Town, today's match will be a test of character.

Coach Marc Lièvremont has worn a grumpy face this week as he juggles with widespread illness in the camp and general player fatigue.

Despite that, France head into this game in better shape than their hosts.

Argentina have been on a slippery slope for two years. Another tryless loss to Scotland last week marked a new low after the giddy heights of the 2007 World Cup. The Pumas have won just four of their 14 Tests since then; they have scored only six tries in their last 12 games.

Argentina --M Rodríguez; L González Amorosino, G Tiesi, S Fernández, R Carballo; F Contepomi, N Vergallo; R Roncero, M Ledesma, M Scelzo; MCarizza, P Albacete; G Fessia, A Campos, J Fernández Lobbe. Reps: A Creevy, M Ayerza, J Figallo, M Galarza, J Leguizamón, A Figuerola, H Agulla.

France -- J Porical; V Clerc, L Mazars, F Fritz, J Malzieu; F Trinh-Duc, M Parra; F Barcella, D Szarzewski, N Mas; P Papé, L Nallet; T Dusautoir (capt), L Picamoles, J Bonnaire. Reps: G Guirado, J Poux, J Pierre, G Lamboley, D Yachvili, M Mermoz, CPoitrenaud.

Ref -- S Dickinson (Australia)

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