There goes the cat among the pigeons

Argentina defeated the hosts in the opening game of the Rugby World Cup, proving that the tournament is wide open.  Pool D had already been nicknamed the Pool of Death, but few had expected the French to die so early on.

The Pumas were superior in every area of the game, and now there is a very real possibility that they could reach the semi-finals.  If they beat Ireland (a big if), they should win the pool, and could face Scotland or Italy.  On the back of tonight’s performance, neither will be a match for Agustin Pichot’s troops.

So the first match has thrown up an upset, and the other nations will take note – nothing in this World Cup can be taken for granted.