The continued growth of Argentine rugby was evident again on the global stage as the country´ junior team, Los Pumitas defeated their French counterparts 18-15 to start the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship with a bang on Monday. Not only did Argentina impress in scoring two good tries, but the Pumitas defence was rock solid as the French failed to score a try. All of France´ points came from the boot of Eric Escande who continues the French tradition of being a goalkicking scrumhalf. His five penalties were all scored in the first half. Argentina´s two tries were scored in contrasting fashion with secondorower Leandro Ramella scoring a pushover try and inside centre Juan Cappiello finishing off a brilliant break from fullback Santiago Cordero who looks like a future Puma without question. He could well be starting for Argentina at Rugby World Cup 2015 in a back-three combination including the young Manuel Montero. For his part, flyhalf Sebastián Poet kicked two penalties and a conversion, scoring eight points.
The match, played at the University of Western Cape Stadium in Cape Town was a part of Pool C which also features Australia and Scotland. The Australians had few problems in dismantling Scotland 67-12. The two results set up a clash between Argentina and Australia this coming Friday with the winner to all but guaranteed to win the group.