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Argentina turn on the style in seven-try rout of Japan

Nicolas Sanchez amassed 29 points in Tokyo to lead the Pumas to a comfortable win against Japan.

Japan Argentina Rugby Ramiro Moyano of Argentina is tackled by Japan's Fumiaki Tanaka. Source: Koji Sasahara

Japan 20

Argentina 54

ARGENTINA RAN IN seven tries as they eased to a comprehensive 54-20 victory over Japan in today’s Test in Tokyo.

In what was coach Jamie Joseph’s first match in charge, his youthful Japan proved no match for Los Pumas at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium.

Matias Moroni and Nicolas Sanchez gave the visitors the early advantage with first-half tries, before their dominance ramped up after the break.

The pair both crossed again in the second 40, with Tomas Cubelli and a double from Santiago Cordero completing Argentina’s try-scoring exploits.

As well as his two tries, Sanchez was deadly with the boot as he racked up 29 points, with five conversions and three penalties in an easy run-out for the 2015 World Cup semi-finalists.

Japan had little response as they were outclassed, Amanaki Mafi and Lomano Lemeki scoring their consolation tries.

Argentina’s next outing is a trip to Wales next Saturday, while Japan take on Georgia in Tbilisi.

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