Cyprus Mail
Rugby

Lopez drop goal sees France past Argentina in Tokyo thriller

France's Yoann Huget and Guilhem Guirado celebrate after the match.

France dominated the first half and just about held on in the second to edge Argentina 23-21 in a thrilling Rugby World Cup Pool C clash at Tokyo Stadium on Saturday.

A drop goal from replacement flyhalf Camille Lopez 10 minutes from time gave the three-times finallists a victory which looked like they were going to romp to when they took a 20-3 lead into halftime.

Two tries in four minutes from centre Gael Fickou and Antoine Dupont had put the French well on top but the Pumas hit back with lock Guido Petti and hooker Julian Montoya going over from attacking lineouts.

Argentina fullback Emiliano Boffelli missed a 47-metre penalty in the final minute to leave the twice World Cup semi-finalists now probably needing to beat England to get into the knockout stages.


Related posts

Bayern make it six out of six with win over Tottenham

Reuters News Service

Jesus hat-trick gives Man City 4-1 win at Dinamo

Reuters News Service

Napoli name Gattuso as coach to replace Ancelotti

Reuters News Service

Ferguson remains in charge for Everton at Man United

Reuters News Service

Tiger to ignite Presidents Cup as US look to extend reign

Reuters News Service

Mourinho bans Spurs players from watching Bayern thrashing

Reuters News Service