French centre Gael Fickou exploded through the Argentinian defence early in the second half to set up winger Teddy Thomas for a decisive blow in Lille, taking back the lead which France never relinquished.

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The recalled midfielder showed nifty footwork to cut back against the grain, before standing up Nicolas Sanchez in cover defence. He then threw a magical long ball out to the vacant wing of Teddy Thomas, who strolled over untouched.

The score took an 18-13 lead which France then built on, going on to hand Argentina a fourth-straight defeat.

An Argentinian blunder from a lineout on their own five gifted France the match-winning score, extended the lead out to 28-13.

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