2007 Rugby World Cup: Argentina shock France in tournament opener
Friday, September 7, 2007
|September 7, 2007|
|France||12 – 17||Argentina||Stade de France, Paris|
Referee: Tony Spreadbury
|Pen: D Skrela (4) 7', 31', 40', 60'||Try: I Corleto 27'|
Pen: F Contepomi (4) 5', 10', 24', 34'
France looked shaky, making errors throughout and Argentina took the lead early on through penalties from Felipe Contepomi. Ignacio Corleto scored the only try of the match for Argentina in the 27th minute, but Contepomi missed the conversion, hitting the post. At half time Argentina led by 17 points to 9, with all France's points coming from penalties scored by David Skrela.
Although France improved in the second half, Argentina's strong defence held them off and France were only able to close the lead to five points when David Skrela scored his fourth penalty of the match in the 60th minute. Skrela and his replacement Frederic Michalak both missed penalties, damaging French chances of a comeback.
This is the first time that the French have lost during the pool stages of the World Cup.