Pumas look to re-live past glories
November 5, 2008
Felipe Contepomi notched 19 points in the Pumas' record 34-10 victory over France in last year's Rugby World Cup 3rd/4th play-off © Getty Images
Argentina will be keen to extend their recent record against France when the two sides clash at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille this weekend.
The Pumas have won six of their last seven meetings with France - with three of those victories coming on French soil. The South Americans' most recent victories came during last year's Rugby World Cup where they shocked the hosts 17-12 in the tournament opener before heaping woe on Les Bleus with a record 34-10 triumph in the 3rd/4th place play-off.
Perhaps more notably, the Pumas are also the only side to have defeated France at the hot-bed that is the Stade Velodrome - their 24-14 victory in 2004 signalled their intent on joining the sport's big names.
The two sides first met in 1949 when the French tourists edged out their hosts 5-0. They have since met on a further 40 occasions with France holding the historical advantage with 31 victories but the Pumas' recent dominance of the fixture has seen their winning total climb to nine - the one other clash saw them draw 18-18 at the Ferrocaril Oeste club in Buenos Aires in 1977.
France v Argentina - Match Facts:
Played: 41; France won 31; Argentina won 9; 1 drawn
First Test: Argentina 0-5 France at GEBA, Aug 28, 1949
Latest Test: France 10-34 Argentina at Parc des Princes, Oct 19, 2007
Drawn match: 18-18 at Ferrocaril Oeste, Jul 2, 1977
France's biggest winning margin: 35 points - Argentina 12-47 France at Ferrocaril Oeste, Oct 21, 1995
Argentina's biggest winning margin: 24 points - France 10-34 Argentina at Parc des Princes, Oct 19, 2007
Argentina's winning sequence: 2 tests - Sep 7, 2007 to present day.
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