Match 3 of the 2019 Rugby WC will see France clash with Argentina on the 21st of Sep, 2019 at the Tokyo Stadium as from 16:15 local time. After making it to three fruitless finals, les Bleus will yet again try to put their hands on the one trophy that has long eluded them and they can only do so if they pick wins, first of all against Los Pumas. Argentina on the other hand will know that aiming to win the trophy will be an uphill task but can earn valuable motivation if they manage to beat the French XVs.
Most Recent Meeting
These two sides last made in Tucuman, Argentina where the les Bleus completely destroyed the hosts 0-27. France scored three unanswered tries via Bonneval, Lamerat, and Goujon which were duly converted by Serin. Serin added two more penalties to give the French a 27-point clean sheet win away from home.
Head to Head
France and Argentina have met 50 times across all competitions since 1949 with the les Bleus winning 35 times, Argentina 14 times, and the remaining game ending in a draw. In those games, France scored 24.3 on average per game while Argentina managed to score 15.68 points per game. France won the only WC match that these two sides met in 1999 by 47-26.
France’s Guilhem Guirado will be a player to watch for the les Bleus with his immense work-rate. Equally key to the French squad will be Camille Lopez who has increasingly been impressive in the fly-half position and Gael Fickou who has peaked and rediscovered his form at a very crucial time.
Argentina resorted to an experienced squad for the tournament in Japan with the majority of the players being seasoned professionals. Nicola Sanchez will be key to the Los Pumas squad in this game as well as Emiliano Boffelli who will inject pace and strength into the Argentinian squad.
France have won 3 of the past 5 games ahead of this match while Argentina are winless in the past 5 outings, losing in all. France has a 69% win rate in world cup games having won 33 of the 48 games. They also have averaged 3.56 tries and 30.98 points per game in all RWC matches. Argentina on the other hand have a 51% win rate in WC games having won 19 and lost 18 in 37 appearances. The Los Pumas also averaged 2.73 tries and 26.81 points per game in all RWC matches. Considering the poor test form that Argentina carries into the WC, it will be very difficult for them to beat the les Bleus in Tokyo.
Prediction: France to Win
(France 34-25 Argentina)