Rugby World Cup France 2007

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Monday, October 08, 2007

Argentina, England, France and South Africa reach the Rugby World Cup Semifinals



Argentina Rugby team staved off a strong late Scottish fightback to reach the World Cup semifinals for the first time, winning 19-13 Sunday in an encounter that simply had no chance of matching the drama of the other three quarter-finals.

Now, the four teams of the semifinals are defined: England's tense victory over Australia gave the British side the pass. Also France reached the semis with an incredible comeback triumph against New Zealand. And despite Fiji's valiant, but vain attempt to beat the rivals, South Africa qualified too. Now, Argentina's win over the Scots completed an exciting figure in this Cup.

The game had a thrilling finish, however, with Scotland camped on the Pumas line seeking a matchwinning try which eventually never came.

Gonzalo Longo Elia's first half try opened up a 13-3 lead for the South Americans who at least became the first team from outside the Tri-or Six Nations to reach the last four. Their prize is a game against South Africa, which beat Fiji 37-20 earlier Sunday.

"I think we were very tired and Scotland played really well, so we just stuck with it," Argentina scrum half Agustin Pichot expressed. "We are very pleased to be in the semifinals".

Now the Pumas will play against South Africa. The Springboks beat Fiji 37-20 on Sunday in Marseille to reach the semi-finals.

It's important to mention that aSouth Africa scored five tries through Jacque Fourie (14th minute), John Smit (35th minute), Jon-Paul Roger Pietersen (50th minute), Juan Smith (69th minute) and Butch James (80th minute).

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