Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Saturday Sep 21, 2019

Lopez drop goal the key as France beat Argentina in RWC thriller

Lopez drop goal the key as France beat Argentina in RWC thriller

A late drop goal from Camille Lopez proved the difference as France edged out Argentina 23-21 in a thrilling opening match of Pool C at the Rugby World Cup.

ADVERTISEMENT

The French had leapt into a 20-3 lead following tries from Gael Fickou and Antoine Dupont, but were pegged back just after the half-time break after Guido Petti went over.

Another try from Julian Montoya and two penalties from Benjamin Urdapilleta took theĀ PumasĀ into a 21-20 lead heading into the closing stages.

But France eventually avenged their double World Cup defeats in the 2007 tournament with Lopez’s drop goal with 10 minutes of the match left.

France were by far the better team in the opening periods, showing the flashes of brilliance which had been lacking over the past two seasons.

Romain Ntamack and Damien Penaud were stand-out performers for the French half, although the winger was unlucky not to go in for a try of his own after a lovely out-of-the-tackle offload from centre Virimi Vakatawa.

Argentina hit back in the second half and proved more than a handful for France, particularly in the set piece where much of their success came from.

ADVERTISEMENT

In what was already deemed a crucial match, France appear to have given themselves the best chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages in Pool C, with both sides having to face in form England later in the group stages.

Related Articles

  • 21 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Emotive video shows unbelievable quarantine...

  • 125 WEEKS AGO

    France starting to show good form as Teddy...

  • 287 WEEKS AGO

    Argentina cruise to victory with nine tries...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Beauden Barrett scores 25 points in 20 minutes for Suntory in Japan Top League

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: The Victor Vito offload fans have been raving about in Champions Cup quarter-final

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    MUST WATCH: Awesome compilation of the best tries ever scored at the Millennium Stadium

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Awesome compilation showcases the GREATEST tries ever scored at Twickenham

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: 135kg prop lines up swan dive from 20 metres out... then re-thinks

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: 19-year-old is barely a speed bump for fearsome Fijian number eight

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: South African sevens icon Afrika done for clear cheating on Robshaw MLR debut

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Powerhouse Tongan Thor leaves opposition on his arse with HUGE handoff

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Amazing highlights reel demonstrates why Tadhg Furlong MUST go on the British & Irish Lions tour this Summer

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Tackle deemed to be at the top end of the scale as winger receives heavy ban

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Over $450 million loss for South Africa's economy if the Lions tour happens without fans

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: South African sevens icon Afrika done for clear cheating on Robshaw MLR debut

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Rob Kearney's legendary performance vs Springboks on 2009 Lions tour

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Beauden Barrett scores 25 points in 20 minutes for Suntory in Japan Top League

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Amazing highlights reel demonstrates why Tadhg Furlong MUST go on the British & Irish Lions tour this Summer

View All

Funnies

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Lions coaching staff announcement elicits some amused responses from fans

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Comedy gold as Toronto lock attempts clearance kick in MLR match featuring Matt Giteau and Adam Ashley-Cooper

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: 135kg prop lines up swan dive from 20 metres out... then re-thinks

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bizarre standoff in Super Rugby tests players on their rulebook knowledge

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Flanker has HOWLER in Super Rugby Aotearoa after butchering awesome solo try

View All

Amateur

  • 23 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 60 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 61 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 61 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 61 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 13 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 20 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 20 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

View All
Lopez drop goal the key as France beat Argentina in RWC thriller | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos