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Awesome Argentina put on a show against Namibia

Just the nine tries for Daniel Hourcade’s men as they take their seat in the quarter-final

Argentina 64

Namibia 19

BARRING SOME BRIEF moments of flared temper, Daniel Hourcade’s Argentina enjoyed a comfortable finish to their Pool C and can now look forward to a quarter-final against the winners of Ireland v France.

The Pumas had their bonus point sealed before half-time and that allowed them cut loose with some scintillating attacks in the final 30 minutes.

Britain Rugby WCup Argentina Namibia Source: Rui Vieira

Their energetic attacking mix of hard carries and quick hands to give width paved the way for tries from Juan Martin Hernandez and Horacio Agulla. While a ridiculous number of missed or failed tackles allowed Matias Moroni scamper through the middle of the defence.

Facundo Isa dotted down the fourth thanks to an efficient maul move.

But the South Americans didn’t have it all their own way. With nothing but places to play for they blew hot and cold and Hernandez’ lazy tap pass allowed Johan Tromp kick the ball into open space and finish to put Namibia on the board.

Emerging for the second half trailing 36 – 7, Namibia continued their efforts to leave a mark on this World Cup and even without the excellent Jacques Burger, they have proven themselves to be the most improved team.

Again they were able to pressurise the Pumas in possession on halfway and the managed to close the deficit when JC Greyling intercepted and brought the deficit down to 36 – 14.

However, when Argentina’s Marcelo Bosch returned from the sin-bin they were able to reach for the higher gear that was always available to them and they proceeded to rip the African side apart with scything running lines and perfectly-timed offloads.

Second half tries from Matias Alemanno, Leonardo Senatore, Julian Montoya and T Cubelli sent them into the knock-out stage with serious South American style.

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Scorers

Argentina

Tries: JM Hernandez, H Agulla, M Moroni, F Isa, M Alemanno, L Noguera, L Senatore, J Montoya, T Cubelli.

Conversions: JP Socino (4), S Gonzalez Iglesias (4)

Namibia

Tries: J Tromp JC Greyling, E Jantjies

Conversions: T Kotze (2)

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