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We are moments away from kick off! Teams are making their way onto the field for the national anthems.
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We are moments away from kick off! Teams are making their way onto the field for the national anthems.
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Match Officials: Referee - Angus Gardner Assistant Referees - Jaco Peyper and Brendan Pickerill TMO - Marius Jonker
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We are expecting a high of 23 today with a chance of rain during the game. Humidity could also play a role.
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Today could determine who makes the quarter final with England favourites to top the group. It's obviously not all over but the loser will be odds-on favourite to go home after the pool stage.
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Argentina are not in the greatest of form coming into the World Cup having lost their last four matches. Those were against South Africa, New Zealand and Australia so it was all games they were expected to lose.
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The last meeting at the World Cup between them was in 2007 when the French hosted it. Argentina beat the hosts in the opening match and then again in the 3rd/4th place playoff in that tournament.
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The Pool of Death gets underway with an absolute cracker today with a match that can go either way. Recent years results have been very much split between these two and it is difficult to call again today.
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Argentina: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Matias Moroni, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro. Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 23 Santiago Carreras.
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France: 15 Maxime Medard, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Gael Fickou, 12 Virimi Vakatawa, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Gregory Alldritt, 7 Charles Ollivon, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 4 Arthur Iturria, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1 Jefferson Poirot. Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Demba Bamba, 19 Bernard Le Roux, 20 Louis Picamoles, 21 Maxime Machenaud, 22 Camille Lopez, Thomas Ramos
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 2019 Rugby World Cup clash between France and Argentina at the Tokyo Stadium.
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KICK OFF! We are underway in this massive clash in Tokyo. No rain as the match begins. France kick gets proceedings going...
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Ntamack puts the ball directly into touch so Argentina have the first line-out just inside the French half.
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France get a turnover and attack well down the left-hand touchline. Unfortunately there is a small knock and Argentina have a scrum on their own 22. Argentina win a penalty.
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On attack in is Sanchez turn to put the ball directly into touch as he attempts a cross kick.
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Very cagey start to the game as both sides are making plenty of handling errors. It already has a knockout feel.
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Good defence by Argentina and they hold the ball up. Scrum midway between the French 22 and 10m line.
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First kick at goal for Sanchez and he has pulled it from 40 meters on the angle.
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PENALTY! ARGENTINA! SANCHEZ! 0-3. Another chance for Sanchez from right beneath the posts. It came after Petti made a fantastic break and the French went offside on their own line. Superb play by the Los Pumas lock.
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TRY! FRANCE! FICKOU! 5-3. Superb try by the French. It all started with Penaud going on a brilliant run down the right.
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CONVERSION! NTAMACK! 7-3. Good kick 5 meters from touch.
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TRY! FRANCE! DUPONT! 12-3. Another great try by the French. Suddenly all the momentum is with France. This time they are over in the right-hand corner.
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CONVERSION! NTAMACK! 14-3. Another great kick from the touchline to give the French a good lead early on.
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France break out again. They have their tails up and Argentina cannot stop them. A little knock-on stops them this time but Los Pumas need something to stop this momentum.
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France have a scrum just inside their own half. Argentina need something soon to go their way.
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PENALTY! FRANCE! NTAMACK! 17-3. Offside penalty against Argentina and Ntamack slots it from the 10m line on the angle.
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Argentina have a chance with a scrum on the French 5m line.
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The French win a scrum penalty 5 meters from their own line.
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Nothing is going Argentina's way as they find themselves defending inside their own 22 again. They are not doing themselves any favours though.
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HALF TIME! 20-3. France have a comfortable lead heading into the interval and while the match isn''t done, Argentina have shown very little to suggest they can get back into it. It was a good start by Los Pumas but the French dominated the final 25 minutes of that half.
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PENALTY! FRANCE! NTAMACK! 20-3. TMO calls a high tackle and France add the extras as we head into the break.
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KICK OFF! 20-3. The second half is underway. Can Argentina get back into this match? If they are to get back into it they will need some early points.
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TRY! ARGENTINA! PETTI! 20-8. Great start for the Los Pumas. Five meter line-out and Petti scores from the maul.
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CONVERSION! SANCHEZ! 20-10. Sanchez converts to make it a 10 point game.
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Argentina put themselves under pressure again. Instead of clearing they choose to take the ball up in their own 22 and knock it on.
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Argentina are back in the French 22 but Cubelli throws a forward pass. They need to cut these mistakes out if they are to get back .
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Argentina are camped inside the French 22 now. Five meter line-out again, can Argentina make it count.
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TRY! ARGENTINA! MONTOYA! 20-15. Yes they can! Montoya has just come onto the field and scores from the back of the maul.
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Sanchez misses a tough conversion.
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Argentina penalty again inside the 22. Superb counter attack by Los Pumas.
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PENALTY! ARGENTINA! URDAPILLETA! 20-18. Sanchez is off so Urdapilleta slots an easy kick.
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Argentina with a scrum just inside their own half. What way will this match go, it's on a knife edge.
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Argentina have a kickable penalty. France are losing their discipline badly.
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PENALTY! ARGENTINA! URDAPILLETA! 20-21. They have overturned the deficit and are into the lead. Great pressure kick that.
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DROP GOAL! FRANCE! LOPEZ! 23-21. France grab the lead straight back as Lopez takes the drop with his first touch of the ball.
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Argentina just inside French territory with a line-out. This is going down to the wire.
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France will have another shot at goal to extend their lead. It's a long way out though.
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Ntamack misses the kick.
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Argentina going for a shot at goal to win it. It's on the halfway line and 10 meters from touch.
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FULL TIME! 23-21. France win, just! Angus Gardner had an absolute shocker in the final 10 minutes as he missed multiple offside infringements from France. A proper knockout type match, exciting and a nerve wrecking second half. What a start to the World Cup we've had.
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Boffelli has the distance but it sails narrowly wide.
France
Argentina
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Tries
2
17' Gael Fickou
21' Antoine Dupont
41' Guido Petti P...
53' Julian Montoya
2
Conversions
1
18' Romain Ntamack
22' Romain Ntamack
42' Nicolas Sanchez
2
Penalties
3
29' Romain Ntamack
40' Romain Ntamack
14' Nicolas Sanchez
60' Benjamin Urda...
68' Benjamin Urda...
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Drop Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
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Squad
15
Jefferson Poirot
Guilhem Guirado
Rabah Slimani
Arthur Iturria
Sebastien Vahaama...
Wenceslas Lauret
Charles Ollivon
Gregory Alldritt
Antoine Dupont
Romain Ntamack
Yoann Huget
Gael Fickou
Virimi Vakatawa
Damian Penaud
Maxime M�©dard
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Nahuel Tetaz Chap...
Agustin Creevy
Juan Figallo
Guido Petti Pagad...
Tomas Lavanini
Pablo Matera
Marcos Kremer
Javier Ortega Desio
Tomas Cubelli
Nicolas Sanchez
Ramiro Moyano
Jeronimo De La Fu...
Matias Orlando
Matias Moroni
Emiliano Boffelli
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Reserves
8
Camille Chat
Cyril Baille
Demba Bamba
Bernard Le Roux
Louis Picamoles
Maxime Machenaud
Camille Lopez
Thomas Ramos
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17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Julian Montoya
Mayco Vivas
Santiago Medrano
Matias Alemanno
Tomas Lezana
Felipe Ezcurra
Benjamin Urdapilleta
Santiago Carreras