Argentina upset Romania in Rugby World Cup

Argentina upset Romania with a 43-8 bonus point Rugby World Cup Pool B victory at Rugby Park Stadium on Saturday.

The Pumas ran in four first-half tries to ensure a bonus fifth point, keeping their Rugby World Cup hopes alive in the process and added two more in the second

The 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.

The 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 to Scotland.

Argentina skipper and fly-half 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 way over.

Fly-half 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.

Argentina 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.

Romania 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 half-time.

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.

Final Score Argentina 43 (26) Romania 8 (8)


Tries: Fernandez, Leguizamon, Figallo, Amorosino, Jose Imhoff, Fessia
Penalties: Rodriguez
Conversions: Rodriguez 5

Tries: Cazan
Penalties: Dimofte

Match Officials
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa), Simon McDowell (Ireland)
Television match official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)


Argentina (15-1)

Lucas Gonzalez; Gonzalo Camacho, Martin Rodriguez, Marcelo Bosch, Horacio Agulla; Santiago Fernandez, Nicolas Vergallo; Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Julio Farias Cabello; Patricio Albacete; Manuel Carizza; Juan

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