Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Rugby World Cup 2007 - Argentina vs Scotland

As winners of Pool D at Rugby World Cup 2007, Argentina altered the script by finishing ahead of hosts France which meant the Stade de France would see Argentina vs Scotland as the Quarter Final with France forced to play against New Zealand at the Millenium Stadium in Wales.

In doing so, France were forced to play an away match at their own Rugby World Cup. It was the most powerful way possible to show the world that Argentina are a world power that has been ignored for too long. It had given Argentina the attention it had long been looking and prompted the IRB to assist in Argentina´s campaign to get into the Tri Nations following France 2007.

Both Argentina and Scotland had everything to play for but Los Pumas were playing for respect from the global rugby community and for all the previous players who had represented Argentina, often without recieving respect or recognition. Argentina were not taking Scotland lightly and Scotland prepared very well for the match and took on Argentina at their own game.

Both teams each scored one try but in the end Argentina held on to qualify for a Semi Final show down vs South Africa at the same venues one week later. In winning the match, Argentina had made history as it was the first time a team from the Americas had qualified for a Rugby World Cup Semi-Final. Scotland were eliminated at the Quarter-Finals stage for the fourth time in succession and sixth overall. Curiously, it was the first time the two teams had ever met at a Rugby World Cup. They will meet again in Christchurch in the third of four pool matches for both teams at New Zealand 2011.

The impact that Los Pumas were having on their country was truely remarkable. The country had come to a stand-still during Argentina´s Rugby World Cup matches. The El Superclásico soccer match between the country´s two top sides - Boca Juniors and River Plate had to be changed to a latter time so that it would not be played at the same time as Argentina vs Scotland.

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