Argentina tame Tonga to bring quarter-finals within sight

The loss means they now can not qualify for the quarter-finals. “It ” s going to be an all-out battle, all-out war.


The fly-half then hit the post with his conversion but the signs were ominous for Argentina and they were nearly shocked again when Sonatane Takulua burst through only to fumble the ball under pressure five metres short of the line.

It was a sign of their confidence but came back to haunt them as Morath kicked a penalty to reduce the deficit before prop Soane Tonga’uiha pulled it back to 20-13 three minutes before the break.

Fly-half Nicolas Sanchez’s kicking was deadly and he also scored a late try as Juan Imhoff became his country’s record World Cup try-scorer during a first-half blitz. After smashing the Georgian side 54-9, Argentina will be quietly confident in taking on the Tongans, who themselves lost to Georgia in Round 1 10-17.

Still, Hourcade was frustrated by his side’s performance at times.

“It’s just numbers”, said Latu, shrugging off the age gap.

Now Tonga sit in second place in Pool C, yet Argentina threaten to overtake them.

That left them four points behind already-qualified Pool C rivals New Zealand.

“I never imagined he’d come to see us”. We could make history here.

Maradona was a fine finisher in his time, scoring one of football’s best ever goals against England at the 1986 football World Cup.

The Tigers Fanzone opens again next Sunday around the Argentina versus Namibia match, and there will be live music too, both before and after the game.

Argentina are the serial over-achievers of World Rugby, as displayed by their bronze medal in the 2007 World Cup, and their upset victories over Australia and South Africa in recent years. He told us that all of Argentina was dreaming with us, which is why he was here, why he wanted to be here.

“We must not wait 40 minutes to get going as we did in the last meeting”. “We let ourselves down with our ball control and discipline”.

Club Newman hooker Julian Montoya sealed the bonus point with eight-minutes to play before Santiago Cordero added insult to injury with a fifth try during the last play of the match. Morath could’t close the gap further with the conversion, but after seven minutes of madness, Tonga were glad to still be in the game.


“Against Georgia we had problems in the first half”.

Diego Maradona poses with Ramiro Herrera Horacio Agulla and Tomas Lavanini of Argentina in the dressing room after their win over Tonga