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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Argentina beat Ireland - WC 99

Argentina beat Ireland - WC 99

On a historic day in Lens back in 1999, Argentina pulled off one of the biggest World Cup upsets to date, knocking Ireland out of the tournament through typical Argentinian guts and determination, forcing Ireland out of the World Cup.

Argentina's incredible defence under tremendous pressure in the closing minutes of the game is what we feature here.

And as we now sit a day away from possibly Argentina's greatest and most important match in their rugby history, the 2007 World Cup Semi Final against the Springboks, we think about the possibilities of Argentina going on to claim what they've been working so hard for, and I dont just mean the respect and recognition of the IRB.

In this years tournament they've gone unbeaten, notching up a record of four out of four matches in the group stages. They've claimed the scalps of France, Ireland, Namibia, Georgia and then Scotland in the Quarters. Argentina are no longer a team of underdogs. These guys need to taken seriously and given the opportunity to grow by being brought into an international competition such as the Six Nations or the southern hemisphere's Tri Nations.

With their success on the field we'll hopefully now see some action being taken by the IRB in the not too distant future.

South African head coach Jake White sees the debate as yet another factor to drive Argentina to success in their semi-final against his team on Sunday.

"They are not just playing for the rugby world cup, they are playing for rugby in Argentina. Everyone knows they are looking for opportunities to play internationally and keep their players on top," he said.

Back in 1999 it was a shock result that surprised many. Nowadays, the Argentinians have a real belief in themselves and expect to win the big games. They still rely a lot on passion and pride, but they do now have seasoned individuals that are of top quality in terms of the world game.

Their forward pack are arguably the toughest in the game, and in their backs, particularly their halfback combination, they have players blessed with all the natural talent they could ask for.

Los Pumas now have the opportunity for a spot in the world cup final, with the only thing standing in their way being the mighty South Africans. Expect an extremely grueling physical battle up front, matched hopefully by some fantastic skills and running from the talented Argentinian and Springbok backs.

Final Score: 28-24 to Argentina

Posted at 12:22 am | 23 comments

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bonzai October 13, 2007 1:09 pm

Argentina haven't had to bust a gut to win any of their matches yet, like France and Fiji. They've beaten everyone through genuine good rugby. Sunday is their final in my opinion, if they beat South Africa I think they will go on to win the trophy.

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Anonymous October 13, 2007 3:45 pm

Argentina haven't had to bust a gut to win any of their matches yet?FRA vs ARG? SCO vs ARG?

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Anonymous October 13, 2007 3:46 pm

Arbizu, Albanese, Martin, Phelan, Quesada...

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samuel October 13, 2007 3:56 pm

bonzai is right, they beat france and scotland, but compared to fiji v wales or fiji v south africa, they didnt have to kill themselves to win the game. will be wkd to see on sunday tho shud be a close game

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Anonymous October 13, 2007 4:44 pm

the 130 tackles against France speak for themselves

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Anonymous October 13, 2007 6:05 pm

nah bonzai is wrong, to be honest they didnt walk all over scotland, they had to play hard rugby. the same with france, i give them credit, end of the day a win is a win no matter how (FRA vs NZ) but i do feel that they made the most of their oppurtunities and the most of opposition mistakes...(charge down)

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Anonymous October 13, 2007 9:20 pm

Honestly, Argentina have a great team. They have great hits, great attack and defense: great rugby all together. But everyone here in South America, except themselves obviously, wants them to lose. The reason for this is because they are the biggest pricks around. They are the most self centered, self absorbed pretentious bastards in rugby. As I said before, they play great rugby, but this is no reason for them to become the self praising dickwads that they are.

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Manuel October 13, 2007 9:27 pm

The match with Ireland was awesome, and the video is the last minute only. Actually Ireland had at least 5 penalties in the 5th yard, with 80 minutes already gone. Was one of the most dramatic matches I've seen.I hope that tomorrow Argentina can beat SA, its almost impossible but many things were impossible in the past and happened. That is why I decided to invest some euros in a ticket at St. Denis :-) By the way, the spirit of this team started during the half time of Samoa-Arg in '99. Argentina was losing miserably (3-16) for the third world cup in a row, but with guts, the clumsy penalties of the samoans and the awesome effectivity of fly half Quesada, the final result was 32-16 for Arg.

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Anonymous October 13, 2007 9:33 pm

"Anonymous said... Honestly, Argentina have a great team. They have great hits, great attack and defense: great rugby all together. But everyone here in South America, except themselves obviously, wants them to lose. The reason for this is because they are the biggest pricks around. They are the most self centered, self absorbed pretentious bastards in rugby. As I said before, they play great rugby, but this is no reason for them to become the self praising dickwads that they are."the pumas are very humble, i dunno where you took this from

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Anonymous October 13, 2007 9:55 pm

[Anonymous quote][...]"the pumas are very humble, i dunno where you took this from"I guess he refers to every Argentinian and not only to Pumas' players. As an Argentinian myself I can see why he says such things, but it has nothing to do with Pumas nor with rugby in this country in general. So yeah, it's only trash talk.Let's hope for a close match tomorrow between Pumas and Springboks.About France and England... It's just a little sad when you see a team getting to the final without playing at the top of its level.

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Anonymous October 13, 2007 11:58 pm

IRB EXISTIMOS!!!!(IRB WE EXIST)

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Anonymous October 14, 2007 12:23 am

One hell of a match...

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Anonymous October 14, 2007 5:15 pm

"Anonymous said...Honestly, Argentina have a great team. They have great hits, great attack and defense: great rugby all together. But everyone here in South America, except themselves obviously, wants them to lose. The reason for this is because they are the biggest pricks around. They are the most self centered, self absorbed pretentious bastards in rugby. As I said before, they play great rugby, but this is no reason for them to become the self praising dickwads that they are."Thats not true, at least, here in Medellin, Colombia we want Pumas to win, some Argentinians can be like he said, but they're only a very few.We hope Argentina win , we are supporting you here in Medellin, Colombia

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Anonymous October 14, 2007 6:43 pm

Chance of us seeing the Chabal-Shaw tackle on here?

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Anonymous October 14, 2007 6:52 pm

ah yes...Ireland's thirteen man line out.A dark day

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Anonymous October 14, 2007 10:32 pm

Too bad Argentina couldn't play a better match. Still they made the country so proud. South Africa won fair and square, so I have no complaints.Go Pumas against France! You so can do it again!

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Anonymous October 15, 2007 1:16 am

Anyone else notice a really awkward hug between Argentina's wing and the referee?

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Anonymous October 15, 2007 1:48 am

thats felipe contempomi

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allen1rugger October 15, 2007 2:02 am

well ireland is still probrably the best european power and 1 bad tournament does not cut them out watch all the following six nations leading up to 2011. They are gonna take some names and probrably the web ellis cup in '11

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Andrew October 15, 2007 6:18 am

^^ oh yeah, for sure. out of all the European powers I reckon Ireland are the favorites for RWC'11....it's either them or Georgia :P

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argentina October 22, 2007 10:09 pm

ARGENTINA ALWAYS WAS GOOD VAMOS PUMAS!!!

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name October 27, 2007 7:18 pm

Please write anything else!

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lucas December 11, 2007 10:06 pm

hello tri nations

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