Argentina heartbreak after Camille Lopez’s drop goal rescues France

Ruben Hill
September 23, 2019

But after the Pumas staged a furious fightback to take a 21-20 lead, late French replacement Camille Lopez coolly sent a drop-kick just over the crossbar to seal the match and save French blushes.

France captain Guilhem Guirado thought his side had thrown away victory in their Rugby World Cup opener against Argentina when Emiliano Boffelli lined up a last-minute penalty in Tokyo.

The Pumas meant business after the restart, though, and had their first try within two minutes - Petti Pagadizabal making the most of the decision to opt for a line-out rather than a kick at goal from a penalty.

The Stade Francais lope-half, although, modified into once nearly today off the stamp when an offside within the French defensive line gave him one other penalty replacement in entrance of the posts.

France produced an instant response to score the opening try in the 16th minute.

Virimi Vakatawa confirmed some monumental footwork forward of finding Fickou on a fracture down the left to trudge over.

Ntamack followed father Emile in playing for France at the World Cup.

Les Bleus scored one other flowing attempt when scrum-half Dupont completed off an impressive movement within the corner.

At the break they led 20-3 - thanks also to the boot of Romain Ntamack who impressed at fly-half in his first World Cup outing.

Argentina, although, diminished the deficit factual two minutes into the 2nd half following a correctly-worked line-out.

Another driving maul allowed Julian Montoya to dive over before a Benjamin Urdapilleta penalty on the hour-mark made it a two-point game.

While Sanchez missed the conversion chance, the Pumas continued their momentum.

Lopez's ambitious drop-goal just about had enough length on it and Fickou was let off the hook by Boffelli after a clumsy tackle on the full-back, whose 53-metre penalty curled narrowly wide to give France the win.

There was still time for more drama as Urdapilleta saw his long-range kick drop just the wrong side of the posts as France held out - before tempers boiled over at full-time with some scuffles.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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