Guirado proud of France's resilience against Pumas

Argentina heartbreak after Camille Lopez’s drop goal rescues France

Argentina heartbreak after Camille Lopez’s drop goal rescues France

Lock Guido Petti was a one-man wrecking crew for the Pumas in the early skirmishes and his bulldozing run led to a 15th-minute penalty that Sanchez slotted over to put the 2015 semi-finalists on the board first.

Les Bleus looked in total control at 20-3 after tries from Gael Fickou and Antoine Dupont, with 20-year-old fly-half Romain Ntamack converting both before kicking two penalties.

Urdapilleta stroked another three-pointer to give Argentina the lead with 12 minutes to play, completing a remarkable turnaround.

A drop goal however from Camille Lopez restored the French advantage and despite conceding a late penalty they were not punished and hung on for what could be an incredibly important victory in the context of the pool.

After a TMO overview for Emiliano Boffelli's leaping express of affairs on Penaud, Castres Olympique lope-half Urdapilleta sent a left-foot effort over as Argentina edged in entrance 21-20.

The French went into their Pool C opening match against the Pumas knowing the loser would likely have to beat group favourites England to have a chance at advancing to the quarter-finals. Having fallen in their opener, Argentina will need a big performance against Eddie Jones' side if they are to revive hopes of progression.

Argentina, though, reduced the deficit just two minutes into the second half following a well-worked line-out.

- Argentina have lost their last 10 Tests, last winning in September 2018 against Australia - they'd never previously lost more than eight in a row. "There is no room for more mistakes, we have three more important games".

Tensions were understandably high after such a tight game and immediately after the referee blew the final whistle a brawl broke out between the two sides in the middle of the pitch.

French prop Jefferson Poirot (L) and hooker Guilhem Guirado during their Rugby World Cup match against Argentina.

Argentina take on Tonga in Higashiosaka next Saturday, while France are not in action until their match with the United States in Fukuoka on October 2.