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As it happened: Tonga 16-45 Argentina

2015-10-04 15:00
Last Updated at 15:50
04 Oct 17:21


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Should be a cracker!

04 Oct 17:20


Tonga 16-45 Argentina

04 Oct 17:19

80' - Santiago Cordero rounds off a very good performance by Argentina as the final whistle sounds

Sanchez adds the conversion

04 Oct 17:18
04 Oct 17:17

79' - Seconds ticking by now

Argentina move into second place in Pool C - where they will in all likelihood finish

Argentina finish their pool phase against Namibia, while Tonga face a daunting clash against New Zealand to end their campaign

04 Oct 17:15
78' - Man of the match goes to Argentina No 10 Nicolas Sanchez
04 Oct 17:14

76' - Predictable scrappy end to the match

Scrum to Tonga as the Pumas knock on inside their own 22m

04 Oct 17:13
75' - Can Tonga finish on a high note?
04 Oct 17:11

73' - The touchline conversion from Sanchez is OVER!

Great kick. Argentina well and truly out of sight and into the quarter-finals in all likelihood

04 Oct 17:10


It's reserve hooker Julian Montoya who scored Argentina's bonus point try

04 Oct 17:09

72' - Argentina may have scored

TMO being consulted

04 Oct 17:06
71' - Argentina set up the lineout. Great kick for touch as they go in search of their bonus point try
04 Oct 17:05

70' - Lazy by Tonga as they fail to get back onside

Argentina knock on but doesn't matter as they get the penalty

04 Oct 17:04

68' - But it all comes to nought as Argentina turn over possession and hack it downfield

Tonga forced to restart from deep

04 Oct 17:03
68' - Tonga win the lineout - which is a good start - and rumble towards the tryline
04 Oct 17:02

67' - Tonga throwing everything into attack. They are awarded a penalty and set up the lineout

No point in taking the 3 points now...

04 Oct 17:00
65' - Changes galore to both sides as we enter the final 15 minutes
04 Oct 16:59
65' - Conversion missed by Sanchez who has scored 21 points today
04 Oct 16:59

64' - Sanchez scoots in for Argentina's third try of the match

As Maradona celebrates in the crowd...

04 Oct 16:58
04 Oct 16:58
61' - Sona Taumalolo, remember him from Super Rugby with the Chiefs, well he's made an appearance and helped Tonga get the scrum turnover
04 Oct 16:55

60' - TMO rules the ball was held up - NO TRY

Scrum 5m to Argentina. Tonga will need to hold on bravely

04 Oct 16:54

60' - Hour mark passes - last 20 minutes coming up

Argentina don't look like they've scored.

04 Oct 16:54

60' - Argentina hot on attack

Have Argentina scored? Peyper asks his TMO

Anything could happen here...

04 Oct 16:52
59' - Basic error from Tonga as they lose the lineout - and then are marched 10m back for back-chat after Peyper awards Argentina a penalty
04 Oct 16:52
58' - Change for Argentina as Imhoff leaves the field, replaced by Horacio Agulla
04 Oct 16:51

58' - Pretty scrappy at the monent

Tonga get an easy penalty as Argentina pinged for obstruction

They elect to kick for touch

04 Oct 16:48

55' - Poor discipline from Tonga s they give Sanchez yet another chance from 45m out

But he's missed!

Lucky Tongans.

04 Oct 16:46

53' - Sanchez shows Morath how it's done as he lands his sixth kick of the match

From 45m out it easily had the distance

04 Oct 16:44

51' - Oh dear!

Morath misses his 4th kick of the match. That wasn't difficult at all

Had he had his kicking boots on today, Tonga may well be in the lead...

04 Oct 16:43

50' - Shocker by Peyper in my opinion

Shoulder charge, no arms, Tongan player forced to leave the field, but Argentina offender concedes a penalty and no more

Citing for follow...

04 Oct 16:42

50' - Penalty to Argentina, as the TMO calls Peyper's attention

Looks like a yellow for Argentina's lock Tomas Lavanini

No, just a penalty. Very lucky

04 Oct 16:40

49' - Tonga on the attack inside the Argentina 22m

A player down from each side

It's 14 on 14 at present

04 Oct 16:38

47' - Morath's penalty is badly pulled to the left

That's 3 misses for Morath

04 Oct 16:38
46' - SuperSport apologise for some awful audio quality at present...
04 Oct 16:37

45' - Another penalty awarded by referee Peyper - this time to Tonga at the scrum

Argentina will NOT be impressed!

04 Oct 16:36
44' - Silly errors costing Tonga at the moment
04 Oct 16:35

43' - But from the kick-off all the hard work is undone as Argentina get a penalty

Sanchez makes no mistake

04 Oct 16:34

42' - Early penalty awarded to Tonga - which Morath converts!

Tonga within four points

04 Oct 16:34


04 Oct 16:17


The whistle sounds for the half-time break

Tonga 13-20 Argentina

Terrific first half of rugby. Join us in 10 minutes for the second stanza

04 Oct 16:15
39' - The conversion is away to the left
04 Oct 16:15

38' - Sensational stuff Tonga!

130kg of Tongan beef in the form of loosehead prop Soane Tonga'uiha crashes over

TMO gives the thumbs-up

04 Oct 16:14
38' - TRY TONGA!
04 Oct 16:13
37' - Tonga awarded a penalty and they are able to clear their lines and from the ensuing lineout the break through the Argentina lines
04 Oct 16:10

35' - But Argentina turn it over - but butcher a certain try

2-on-1 overlap but they elect to kick and the ball rolls into touch

Lucky escape for Tonga

04 Oct 16:09
35' - Tonga looking to finish the half strong as they pick-and-go into the Argentina's half
04 Oct 16:07

33' - The kick is OVER!

Tonga cut the deficit thanks to Morath's boot

  • 80'

    TRY, ARGENTINA, CORDERO. 43-16. Argentina go through the phases inside Tonga's 22. They swing the ball wide to Cordero who slips through the gap and scores under the poles!

  • 80'

    CONVERSION, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ. 45-16. That''s the game! Brilliant attacking rugby by both teams but Argentina''s brilliant attacking proved to be too strong for Tonga who struggled on defense.

  • 80'


  • 78'

    Argentina win the turnover and take play up to halfway. They win a penalty after Tonga are pinged for a side entry at the ensuing ruck.

  • 76'

    Tonga look to work a move from the line-out but they are hammered by Argentina who make the turnover. Argentina spill the ball, however and Tonga will have an attacking scrum inside Argentina's 22.

  • 75'

    Tonga attack and take play up to Argentina's 22. They win a penalty after Argentina deliberately slowed the ball down at the breakdown. Morath finds touch 5 metres from Argentina's try-line.

  • 73'

    CONVERSION, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ. 38-16.Sanchez adds the extras from the kicking tee.

  • 72'

    TRY, ARGENTINA, MONTOYA. 36-16. Tonga drive Argentina into touch. They go through the phases from the line-out but they give away a penalty and Argentina have another attacking line-out. Montoya gets the quick ball from the top of the line-out and he goes over in the right hand corner. Brilliant line-out move.

  • 70'

    Argentina win a penalty after Mafi is pinged for being offside at the ensuing ruck. Sanchez finds touch 5 metres from Tonga's try-line.

  • 69'

    Tonga attack and Morath swings the ball wide but it's a poor pass as the ball rolls into touch.

  • 67'

    Lavanini is pinged for a side entry at the ruck. Morath finds touch 5 metres from Argentina's try-line.

  • 66'

    Argentina gather the restart and go through a few phases, but they make a hash of it however. Now Tonga attack and surge forward into Argentina's 22.

  • 64'

    TRY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ. 31-16. Argentina are back on the attack. Landajo feeds to Sanchez who spots a gap and accelerates. Try!! Brilliant vision by the fly-half. Sanchez pushes his conversion kick to right.

  • 63'

    Tonga win the penalty after Argentina are pinged for wheeling the scrum. Brilliant scrum by Tonga.

  • 62'

    We have another reset scrum.

  • 60'

    Landajo hits a gap and takes play up to Tonga's half. They go through the phases. Landajo feeds to Lavanini who goes over. The ball was held up by Tonga. Scrum Argentina.

  • 59'

    Tonga make a hash of the line-out. Argentina win a penalty after Tonga go off their feet at the breakdown.

  • 58'

    Tonga win a penalty after Argentina are pinged for obstruction. Morath finds touch 5 metres from Argentina's try-line.

  • 56'

    Tonga get turnover possession. Morath gives a cross kick to Veainu who gathers but he is thumped into touch.

  • 55'

    Argentina attack and take play up to Tonga's half. Argentina win another penalty after Taione is pinged for a side entry at the ruck. Sanches has a shot at goal but he pushes his kick to the right of the uprights.

  • 52'


  • 51'

    Tonga are throwing everything at Argentina. Tonga are pinged for going off their feet at the breakdown. Sanchez will have a shot at goal from 45 metres out.

  • 50'

    The Penalty is reversed after Lavanini is pinged for a shoulder charge on Piukala. Morath has a shot at goal but he misses again.

  • 49'

    Tonga are back on the attack and they take play up to Argentina's 22. They surge forward as they edge closer to the try-line. Creevy wins another penalty at the deck after Tonga are pinged for holding onto the ball on the ground.

  • 47'

    Morath hooks the kick to the left of the uprights. Poor strike.

  • 46'

    Now Tonga win a penalty after Argentina are pinged for illegal scrummaging. Morath will have a shot at goal from about 35 metres out on a slight angle.

  • 45'

    Tonga spill the ball from the restart after trying to regather. Scrum Argentina inside their 22.

  • 44'

    PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ. 23-16. Creevy wins a penalty for Argentina as Tonga are pinged for holding onto the ball on the ground.

  • 42'

    PENALTY, TONGA, MORATH. 20-16. His kick is good!

  • 41'

    Morath gets the second half underway! Argentina make a hash of the kickoff as they spill the ball. Tonga win a penalty after Creevy is pinged for not rolling away at the breakdown. Morath will have a shot at goal.

  • 40'

    Tonga gather the restart and go through a few phases. They win a penalty after Argentina are pinged for being offside at the ensuing ruck. Morath boots the ball into touch. That's the half as the players head into the shed for a well deserved break.

  • 40'


  • 39'

    Morath pushes his conversion to the left.

  • 38'

    TRY, TONGA, TONGA'UIHA. 20-13. Tonga attack inside Argentina's 22. They swing the ball wide to Veainu who surges down the right hand touch-line. He offloads to Tonga'uiha on the inside and he crashes over the try-line. Brilliant try!

  • 37'

    Argentina are dominating at the breakdown as they win another turnover.

  • 36'

    Argentina set up a driving maul just outside Tong'as 22. They give a penalty away for illegal mauling.

  • 35'

    They keep probing but Argentina win the turnover and now they counter. Slick handling by Argentina as they take play up to Tonga''s 22. Tuculet chips through and the kick goes into touch.

  • 34'

    Tonga are on the attack from deep inside their own half. They take play up to halfway.

  • 32'

    PENALTY, TONGA, MORATH. 20-8. Tonga win a penalty this time after Argentina are pinged for illegal scrummaging. Morath will have a shot at goal from about 35 metres on the angle. His kick is good!

  • 30'

    Argentina win a free kick and take the quick tap. Tuculet is held up in the tackle and Argentina fail to produce the ball. Scrum Tonga.

  • 28'

    Argentina try and run themselves out of trouble inside their 22, but the ball is passed into touch. Line-out Tonga. Throw is skew. Scrum Argentina.

  • 26'

    PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ. 20-5. Argentina win a penalty after Tonga are pinged for illegal scrummaging. Sanchez will have a shot from about 40 metres out. His kick is good.

  • 24'

    Tonga attack and take play up to Argentina' 22. Creevy steals the ball at the ensuing ruck and here they go again with Ayerza taking play up to halfway. He makes a hash of the pass. Scrum Tonga on halfway.

  • 23'

    CONVERSION, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ. 17-5. Sanchez adds the extras from the kicking tee.

  • 22'

    TRY, ARGENTINA, IMHOFF. Argentina attack from the restart and take play up to Tonga's half. They quickly spread the ball wide to Imhoff who breaks and goes in for their second try!

  • 20'


  • 19'

    TRY, ARGENTINA, TUCULET. 8-5. Argentina attack and take play up to Tonga's half. Herrera makes a break around the fringe of the ruck and offloads to Tuculet who scores in the right hand corner

  • 18'

    PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ. 5-3. Argentina win a penalty after an Argentinean player was tackled without the ball. Sanches will have a shot at goal from about 40 metres out. His kick is good!

  • 16'

    Tonga surge forward once again and take play up to halfway. Argentina win the turnover on the ground and now they attack.

  • 15'

    Indecision in midfield as Tonga try to run the ball out of their 22. Takulua runs into Jaco Peyper scrum Tonga just outside their 22.

  • 13'

    This time Argentina win the penalty after Tonga are pinged for illegal scrummaging. Line-out Argentina

  • 12'

    Tonga swing the ball wide and take play up to Argentina's 22. Takulua breaks and almost scores, but he is smashed from behind by Imhoff and he spills the ball. Scrum Argentina.

  • 11'

    Tonga win a penalty at the ensuing scrum after Argentina are pinged for illegal scrummaging. Morath finds touch just outside Argentina's 22.

  • 9'

    Sloppy restart by Argentina. Fernandez Lobbe tries to gather the restart but he spills the ball. Scrum Tonga.

  • 8'

    Morath's conversion kick hits the left hand upright.

  • 7'

    TRY, TONGA, MORATH. 5-0.Tonga take play up to Argentina's half. They patiently go through the phases with their forwards. They rumble forward and take play into Argentina's 22. They swing the ball to Morath who spots a gap and burst through the hole. Try!!

  • 5'

    Argentina swing the ball wide again to Herrera, but he makes a hash of it is he spills the ball. Scrum Tonga on halfway.

  • 3'

    Argentina go through the phases. They swing the ball wide to Snachez and Lokotui thumps him in the tackle but it's high, however. Sanchez finds touch just outside Tonga's 22

  • 2'

    Veainu stabs a grubber through and Tuculet gathers. Veainu is pinged for a high tackle. Line-out for Argentina on halfway.

  • 1'

    Sanchez gets us underway! His kick is deep and Tonga gather in their 22. They go through a few phases and make good headway as they take play up to halfway.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Pool C Rugby World Cup encounter between Argentina and Tonga from Leicester City Stadium. We'll return shortly with team news.

  • 0'

    Tonga Coach Mana Otai has made six changes to his squad for today's clash against Argentina. Two of those changes occur in the front row, where Elvis Taoine comes into the team ahead of Aleki Lutui, while Halani ?Aulika replaces Sila Puafisi in the tighthead position. There are more changes in the forward pack, with Tukulua Lokotui taking the place of Hale T-Pole in the second row. Nili Latu returns to the squad and starts at the side of the scrum, at the expense of Jack Ram. Otai's squad has an average age of 31, making it the oldest squad in World Cup history. In addition, the starting XV has combined total of 349 caps.

  • 0'

    Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade has made seven changes to the team which beat Georgia 54-9, bringing back Guido Petti, Tomas Lavanini, Pablo Matera and Leonardo Senatore from the team which lost to New Zealand in their opening match. Jeronimo De la Fuente and Matias Moroni replace Juan Martín Hernández and Marcelo Bosch, who started both of Argentina's previous matches. The two young centres have never started a test together for Argentina. Tighthead prop Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, who also started Argentina's first two matches, is replaced by Ramiro Herrera. The front row trio of Marcos Ayerza, Agustín Creevy and Herrera is coach Hourcade's favourite combination as they have started eight of Argentina's matches, the last of which was the 34-9 defeat by Australia in this year's Rugby Championship. Argentina have lost all eight matches in which that trio has started together in the front row, although all eight were against Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. On the wing, Juan Imhoff needs one try to break the Argentina RWC record of four which he currently shares with four other players.

  • 0'

    A late change to the Argentinean bench with Facundo Isa coming in for veteran flanker Juan Manuel Leguizamon who tore a muscle in his right thigh.

  • 0'

    The teams are on the field for the anthems. Please stand!

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Argentina Tonga
  • 5 Tries 2
    • 19' Joaquin Tuculet
    • 21' Juan Imhoff
    • 63' Nicolas Sanchez
    • 71' Julian Montoya
    • 80' Santiago Cordero
    • 6' Kurt Morath
    • 37' Soane Tonga''uiha
  • 4 Conversions 0
    • 20' Nicolas Sanchez
    • 22' Nicolas Sanchez
    • 72' Nicolas Sanchez
    • 80' Nicolas Sanchez
  • 4 Penalties 2
    • 17' Nicolas Sanchez
    • 25' Nicolas Sanchez
    • 43' Nicolas Sanchez
    • 52' Nicolas Sanchez
    • 32' Kurt Morath
    • 41' Kurt Morath
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Marcos Ayerza
  • Agustin Creevy
  • Ramiro Herrera
  • Guido Petti Pagadizaval
  • Tomas Lavanini
  • Pablo Matera
  • Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe
  • Leonardo Senatore
  • Martin Landajo
  • Nicolas Sanchez
  • Juan Imhoff
  • Jeronimo De La Fuente
  • Matias Moroni
  • Santiago Cordero
  • Joaquin Tuculet
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  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Soane Tonga'uiha
  • Elvis Taione
  • Halani 'Aulika
  • Lua Lokotui
  • Joe Tuineau
  • Sione Kalamafoni
  • Nili Latu
  • Vili Ma'afu
  • Sonatane Takulua
  • Kurt Morath
  • Fetu'u Vainikolo
  • Sione Piukala
  • Siale Piutau
  • Telusa Veainu
  • Vunga Lilo
  • Julian Montoya
  • Lucas Noguera Paz
  • Juan Pablo Orlandi
  • Matias Alemanno
  • Facundo Isa
  • Tomas Cubelli
  • Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias
  • Horacio Agulla
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Aleki Lutui
  • Sona Taumalolo
  • Sila Puafisi
  • Steve Mafi
  • Opeti Fonua
  • Samisoni Fisilau
  • Latiume Fosita
  • David Halaifonua

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