Invercargill - Argentina got their Rugby World Cup campaign back on track with a 43-8 win over Romania in a Pool B match on Saturday.
win sets up a showdown with Scotland in Wellington next Sunday with the
winner in pole position to ensure a slot in the quarter-finals.
Pumas scored six tries on the back of a storming start to the match
before Romania steadied to keep the winning margin down. The east
Europeans are now set to make it seven straight failures to get out of
the pool stages at the World Cup.
"We were desperate for a win,
that was the urgent for us, so we are very happy," said Argentina
skipper Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe. "It got a bit messy the game, but
we went back to our system and it worked."
Both teams came into
the contest needing a win to keep their hopes alive of reaching the last
eight, the Pumas having lost 13-9 to England and Romania falling 34-24
Argentina skipper and flyhalf Felipe Contepomi was
absent with bruised ribs and replaced by Montpellier's Santiago
Fernandez, who switched from centre, while Romania made three changes to
their starting XV all in the backs division.
The Pumas piled on
the pressure from the start recovering the ball from an up-and-under to
send fly-half Fernandez scampering under the posts for a 7-0 lead after
just five minutes.
Four minutes later it was 14-0 when the
Argentina pack muscled their way deep into Romanian territory and when
the ball was flung wide, flanker Juan Manuel Leguizamon barrelled his
Flyhalf Tiberius Ionut Dimofte got Romania on the
scoreboard with a close-range penalty after 13 minutes but it was mainly
one-way traffic in the direction of the Romanian goalposts.
declined two kickable penalties as they went after the four tries that
would ensure them a bonus fifth point and that paid dividends after 21
minutes when the Pumas pack combined in the loose for prop Juan Figallo
to bulldoze his way over.
The south Americans were totally
dominant at the breakdown, procuring a succession of quick balls for
their backs and it was a solo break through the middle that brought the
fourth try from full-back Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino.
threatened for the first time with a break down the right wing and when
the ball was spun out left from the breakdown the east Europeans had an
extra man out wide and centre Ionel Cazan dived over to make it 26-8 at
The Oaks bravely dug deep in the second half when
reduced to 14 men but constant Argentine pressure finally broke them
down in the 64th minute when replacement Juan Jose Imhoff came off his
wing to speed through the centre and score under the posts.
An interception try from skipper Fernandez Lobbe after 72 minutes rounded off the scoring.Teams
15 Lucas Gonzalez, 14 Gonzalo Camacho, 13 Martin
Rodriguez, 12 Marcelo Bosch, 11 Horacio Agulla, 10 Santiago Fernandez, 9
Nicolas Vergallo, 8 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (captain), 7 Juan
Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Alejandro Campos, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Manuel
Carizza, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Mario Ledesma, 1 Rodrigo Roncero
16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Martin Scelzo, 18 Mariano Galarza, 19 Genaro
Fessia, 20 Alfredo Lalanne, 21 Nicolas Sanchez, 22 Juan Jose Imhoff.
Iulian Dumitras, 14 Madalin Vlad Lemnaru, 13 Csaba Minya Gal, 12
Constantin Gheara, 11 Ionel Cazan, 10 Tiberius Ionut Dimofte, 9 Florin
Surugiu, 8 Daniel Carpo, 7 Ovidiu Tonita, 6 Mihai Macovei, 5 Cristian
Constantin Petre, 4 Valentin Neculai Ursache, 3 Paulica Ion, 2 Marius
Tincu (captain), 1 Mihaita Alexandru Lazar
Substitutes: 16 Bogdan
Zebega Suman, 17 Silviu Florea, 18 Valentin Poparlan, 19 Daniel Gabriel
Ianus, 20 Valentin Nicolae Calafeteanu, 21 Marin Danut Dumbrava, 22
Florin Adrian Vlaicu