France looking to make it three from three
November 21, 2012
Francois Trinh-Duc stretches over against Samoa © Getty Images
France will come face-to-face with Samoa for just the third time when the two teams clash at the Stade de France on Saturday.
Their first meeting came on Samoan soil in 1999, when the French were 39-22 winners in front of 15,000 fans at Apia Park. Thomas Castaignede started at fly-half and picked up 19 points thanks to a try, two penalties and four conversions.
France's other tries came from Pierre Mignoni, Olivier Magne, Eric Artiguste and Marc dal Maso. The home side felt the wrath of Welsh referee Clayton Thomas as wing George Leaupepe and hooker Trevor Leota were both shown red cards.
And they then met in 2009 with France securing a convincing 43-5 triumph. They crossed for seven tries with fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc grabbing a brace.
France v Samoa - Match Stats:
Played 2; France won 2; Samoa won 0; drawn 0
First Test: Samoa 22-39 France, Apia, June 22, 1999
Latest Test: France 43-5 Samoa, Stade de France, Paris, 2009
France's largest winning margin: 38 points - France 43-5 Samoa, Stade de France, Paris, 2009
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