Argentina overpower spirited Tonga

2015-10-04 17:29
Tukulua Lokotui (AP)

Cape Town - Argentina have defeated Tonga 45-16 in a Rugby World Cup Pool C clash played at the King Power Stadium in Leicester.

As it happened: Argentina v Tonga

Tonga gave a good account of themselves, especially in the first half where they managed to cross the Argentinian line for two unconverted tries, first through Kurt Morath and then massive prop, Soane Tonga'uiha. Morath also added penalty.

Argentina scored two tries of their own through Joaquin Tuculet and Juan Imhoff. Both were converted by Nicolas Sanchez and the flyhalf added a further two penalties. 

The half time score was 20-13.

As the match went on Argentina began to dominate their less fancied opponents, scoring a further three tries through Sanchez, Julian Montoya and Santiago Cordero which secured a bonus point. Sanchez converted two and added a further two penalties. 

Tonga's only score of the half came through a penalty from the boot of Morath. 

Scorers

Argentina

Tries: Joaquin Tuculet, Juan Imhoff, Nicolas Sanchez, Julian Montoya, Santiago Cordero

Penalties: Nicolas Sanchez (4)

Conversions: Nicolas Sanchez (4)

Tonga

Tries: Kurt Morath, Soane Tonga'uiha 

Penalties: Kurt Morath (2)

Conversions: 

Teams

Argentina

15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jerónimo De La Fuente, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Marcos Ayerza

Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Lucas Noguera, 18 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Facundo Isa, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Horacio Agulla

Tonga

15 Vungakoto Lilo, 14 Telusa Veainu, 13 Siale Piutau, 12 Sione Piukala, 11 Fetu'u Vainikolo, 10 Kurt Morath, 9 Sonatane Takulua, 8 Viliami Ma'afu, 7 Nili Latu (captain), 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 5 Joseph Tuineau, 4 Tukulua Lokotui, 3 Halani 'Aulika, 2 Elvis Taione, 1 Soane Tonga'uiha

Replacements: 16 Aleki Lutui, 17 Sona Taumalolo, 18 Sila Puafisi, 19 Sitiveni Mafi, 20 Opeti Fonua, 21 Samisoni Fisilau, 22 Latiume Fosita, 23 David Halaifonua

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