For the first time in Rugby World Cup history Scotland will not compete at the Quarter Final stages. Like Ireland four years ago, Scotland are the victims of Argentina as the South Americans victory over the Europeans meant elimination from the Rugby World Cup at the group stage. Argentina's 30-15 victory over Ireland in Paris in 2007 was the second time that Los Pumas had eliminated Ireland from a Rugby World Cup. One week after that win, Argentina defeated Scotland 19-13 at the Stade de France to win the Quarter Final clash. Fast forward four years and the South Americans, this time in New Zealand, have again proven to be European killers as Argentina's 13-12 win has seen Argentina go on to the Quarter Finals while Scotland have been sent home on an early flight.
The 13-12 win looked unlikely with ten minutes to play as Scotland held a lead. The 9-6 advantage in wet conditions looked to have guaranteed a Scottish victory when replacement flyhalf, Dan Parks, slotted Scotland's second dropgoal to go ahead by six points. Los Pumas, however, came back with a miracle try in what must be one of the best tries of the World Cup as replacement fullback, Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino side-stepped his way past five players to score the only try of the match. They try meant an Argentine victory and, given the circumstances, must be the most important try of the group stage. They try was, therefore, not only a spectacular example of skills but also decisve in the campaigns of both Argentina and Scotland. The young former Argentina Sevens star is joining Montpellier in France after two years with the Leicester Tigers in England. Surely, he has the making to star in the Top 14?
The win is further indication of the extent of Argentina's contribution to global rugby. Argentina are to be the only Quarter Finalist who have never hosted a Rugby World Cup matches. Clearly, Argentina 2023 needs to happen!