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France & Argentina Involved In Brawl Following Dramatic Pool C Clash

Fuchu , Japan - 21 September 2019; Louis Picamoles of France and Matías Moroni of Argentina get involved after the the 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between France and Argentina at the Tokyo Stadium in Chofu, Japan. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

On Saturday, France survived a remarkable Argentine comeback to record a 23-21 win in their opening game of the Rugby World Cup.

France found themselves very much on the front foot in the first half and went into the break with a seemingly unsurmountable 20-3 lead over Los Pumas.

They have however been known to be a tad complacent over the years and showed that trait once again in Tokyo as they remarkably allowed Argentina back into the game early in the second half.

Two quick tries from Petti and Montoya injected new life into Argentina and two penalties put them into the lead with just 13 minutes to go.

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.

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 substitute Louis Picamole appeared to be heavily involved in the incident which saw a host of players from both sides separated from one another before any real harm was done.

For France it’s a promising start to their World Cup pool and with a likely second spot behind England up for grabs it could end up being a crucial victory come the end of this stage of the competition.

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