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Last Updated: Friday, 10 October, 2003, 14:18 GMT 15:18 UK
Gregan relieved after win
George Gregan looks to pass the ball in the World Cup opener against Argentina
Gregan admitted it had been a 'scratchy performance'
Australia captain George Gregan said he was relieved to have launched the Wallabies' World Cup defence with a win.

But Gregan admitted his side had been below their best in a match which was overshadowed by a serious injury to Wallaby lock David Giffin.

The Wallabies looked a long way short of world champions as they stuttered to a 24-8 victory over Argentina in Sydney on Friday.

"The ball was a bit slippery and there was a little bit of anxiety in our play but we'll be happy to build from this," said Gregan.

"The first game was always going to be a hard game. Argentina are a good international side.

"It was a scratchy performance in some aspects but it was a positive start - we won our first game.

"We had some opportunities we didn't quite convert, but we're happy with the effort and just happy to get into the tournament."

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