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Wales looses to Argentina

Rugby World Cup 2023 | Match Centre | Wales 17:29 Argentina

In a thrilling quarter-final match in Marseille, Argentina dashed Wales’ World Cup dreams with a nail-biting victory. Wales initially took the lead with a 10-point advantage, but Argentina clawed back with four penalty kicks from Emiliano Boffelli.

Tomos Williams briefly restored Wales’ lead with an impressive effort before late tries from Joel Sclavi and Nicolas Sanchez sealed the win for the Pumas. This victory earned Argentina a spot in the semi-finals against New Zealand at Stade de France in Paris.

The turning point in the game came when referee Karl Dickson, who had replaced the injured Jaco Peyper, made a controversial decision to allow a hit by Argentina’s Guido Petti on Wales’ Nick Tompkins. This decision led to a try for Argentina, shifting the momentum in their favor. Despite Wales’ efforts to recover, Sanchez intercepted a pass from Sam Costelow to secure the win for Argentina.

This match marked the end of the road for Wales in the World Cup, a disappointing outcome after they had topped their pool. Head coach Warren Gatland’s return in 2022 had raised hopes, but they fell short in this crucial encounter. It was also the final international appearance for fly-half Dan Biggar, who had valiantly returned from injury.

With key players missing on both sides due to injuries, the game was a rollercoaster of intense moments. In the end, Argentina’s passionate supporters celebrated their team’s well-deserved victory and a place in the semi-finals, replicating their success from 2007.

Match Summary

Quarter-Final 1 |Wales 17:29 Argentina

Wales Scores:

TRIES Dan Biggar (14′), Tomos Williams (55′)
CONV Dan Biggar (16′, 55′)
PENS Dan Biggar (21′)

Argentina Scores:

TRIES Joel Sclavi (68′), Nicolas Sanchez (77′)
CONV Emiliano Boffelli (69′, 78′)
PENS Emiliano Boffelli (39′, 45′, 44′, 48′), Nicolas Sanchez (81′)

Stade de Marseille, Marseille


Jaco Peyper

Man of the Match:

Emiliano Boffelli (Argentina)


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