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27th Nov 2014

We’re still trying to figure out how this little Argentine smashed Mathieu Bastareaud

Santiago Iglesias gave up 5-stone to the burly Frenchman but came up trumps

Patrick McCarry

In typically French style, France followed up their win over Australia by losing to Argentina in Paris

The Argentines popped a wispy balloon of French optimism last weekend when they defeated Les Bleus 18-13.

Absorbed as we were in Ireland’s winning exploits against Australia, we assumed the French didn’t show up – metaphorically, spiritually and physically. They gave it a good crack, however, but ran into a light blue and white wall.

Argentina’s immense defensive effort was summed up by this amazing tackle on 18st 13lbs centre Mathieu Bastareaud by 13st 10lbs out-half Santiago Iglesias. The disparity – over five stone. The result – ‘Basta’ on his ass.


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