Argentina surge past South Africa to semis
January 28, 2001

The crowd, which as people left the beach had swelled to around 25,000 by the time Argentina took the field, were soon silenced as South Africa struck with two quick tries in their quarter-final.

Wing Breyton Paulse raced away for the first then Helgard Brink coasted over
from close range for the second which Andre Pretorious converted.

But the Pumas hit-back in devastating fashion on the stroke of half-time and
it was spearheaded by their Bristol connection of skipper Agustin Pichot and Felipe Contepomi.

Pichot began the fightback with a fine try which Contepomi converted. The
23-year-old then jigged his way over from close range and his conversion put
Argentina 14-12 ahead.

The Springboks, beaten finalists four years ago and in impressive form when
winning their group, were unable to recover in a pointless second-half to crash out after the best game of the cup so far.

Earlier, Australia outclassed England 33-5 and Fiji were too strong for Canada, running out winners 21-5.

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