Scotland could not match the quarter-final feats of England and France at the weekend, losing to Argentina by 19 points to 13.
They played too conservatively, waiting for Argentina to make a mistake so that Chris Paterson could punish them with his boot. However, Juan Martin Hernandez was untouchable at fly-half, controlling the game with a casual mastery to keep his side in front throughout.
Chasing the game in the last quarter, Scotland began to play with some width, with Chris Cusiter scoring in the corner and the Lamont brothers making some scything runs. But one mistake too many and the Scots could not score the converted try required, which means they are going home.
Earlier in the day, Fiji gave South Africa a fright and made them realise they actually had to play to win, rather than just turn up. Juan Smith and John Smit scored late tries to clinch the win by 37-20, after Fiji levelled the scores at 20-20 in the second half.
If South Africa are as careless against Argentina, we could see a very suprising line up in the final. What price on finishing the way we started, with Argentina against France?
Did I mention that England beat Australia?