Pumas stun France in World Cup opener
Felipe Contepomi celebrates after kicking the Pumas to victory in Saint Denis © Getty Images
Felipe Contepomi, somewhat surprisingly deployed at inside centre with regular fullback Juan Martin Hernandez at fly-half, kicked four penalties for the Pumas, while Ignacio Corleto crossed for the only try of the game.
The beleaguered French, who turned in a nervy, error-strewn display, managed just four David Skrela penalties by way of a response.
The French did recover and defeated the All Blacks in an epic quarter-final in Cardiff on their way to the last four before ultimately bowing out at the hands of England. Argentina's interest was also ended at the semi-final stage, by eventual winners South Africa, but the tournament ended on a high for the South Africans, the Pumas beating France for a second time in the third/fourth place play-off.
Tries from centre John Gainsford, lock Tiny Naude and skipper Abie Malan saw the Boks home, with Keith Oxlee kicking two conversions and two penalties.
Scrum Sevens looks back at how rugby has fared in both the early Olympics and the past four Commonwealth Games
"Cheika's been phenomenal. He gives you an incredible level of mental strength." Tom Hamilton talks to Waratahs star Jacques Potgieter
While the Super Rugby season enters the all-important knockout phase, elsewhere pre-season training never looked so enjoyable. We round-up the best snaps in our Week in Pictures
"Our scrums and lineouts are sometimes not that good but our men are very brave." Ken Borland finds that rugby is on the rise in Senegal