Sunday, July 25, 2010

Rugby World Cup 2007 - Argentina vs Ireland

Argentina vs Ireland was Pool D´s final match of Rugby World Cup 2007. It was a match like no other because of history. Argentina defeated Ireland 28-24 in Lens at Rugby World Cup 1999 to eliminate the Irish from the tournament and advance to the Quarter-Finals. In Adelaide, Australia four years latter, Ireland would have revenge as they defeated Argentina 16-15 to knock-out the South Americans.

For the 2007 clash, the Parc des Princes in Paris was the venue with French fans paying close attention to the match. Ireland had defeated Namibia and Georgian but had fallen against France. In order to qualify for the Quarter-Finals, Ireland needed a bonus point win and Argentina needed to lose without securing a bonus point. It was a tough ask. Earlier in the day, France had defeated Georgia to guarantee themselves a place in the Quarter-Finals. The result of Argentina vs Ireland would determine whether France would top the group or finish second.

In an open game of rugby, Argentina´s forwards proved to be superior and were able to control play as the game went on. Ireland scored two sensational tries but Argentina´s second try was the best of the match and one of the best of the tournament. In winning the match, Argentina won the group and set up a Quarter-Final showdown with Group C runners-up, Scotland at the Stade de France. The French finished the group as runners-up and thus travelled to Cardiff to face Group C champions, New Zealand.

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