Argentina 28-12 Tonga: The Pumas get their first tournament win with a bonus point win as Julian Montoya scores three quick attempts against Tonga
- Argentina scored a bonus points win with four quick attempts against Tonga
- It is the first victory of the tournament in an attempt to establish a position in Group C
- Julian Montoya scored a hat trick when Santiago Carreras added another
Argentina recovered from the first round defeat to France with a 28 to 12 win over Tonga in Osaka.
Two early attempts by prostitute Julian Montoya, both converted by Benjamin Urdapilleta, put Pumas 14-0 ahead 18 minutes into the Pool C clash.
Argentina were presented with a third attempt shortly after, after Tonga failed to catch a loose ball and the center of Santiago Carreras ran free for his first attempt in his country. Urdapilleta had a simple conversion under the posts.
Julian Montoya scored three attempts in 30 minutes as Argentina started quickly
Santiago Carreras experimented on his own while Argentina dominated Tonga in early games
They didn't score for the rest of the game, but they had enough advantage to hold on to victory.
The TMO decided Urdapilleta was out of line after 24 minutes, but Montoya tried to complete his hat-trick moments later, earning Argentina a bonus point by making it 28-0.
Argentina: 28 points
Try: Montoya 3, Carreras
Disadvantages: Urdapilleta 4
Tonga: 12 points
Try: Veainu 2
Tonga came on the board before the break when Leicester Tigers' lead Telusa Veainu entered the field after a few patient plays and Sonatane Takulua converted.
David Halaifonua was denied a second attempt by the BMT before the break when Tonga fell 28-7.
The second half was much tighter, with an excellent defense by Takulua, preventing Tomas Cubelli from attempting a fifth attempt.
Tonga scored the only attempt of the second half, with Veainu repeating the match after great force from Cooper Vuna. Takulua's conversion made 28-12, and that's how it remained.
Tonga tried to retaliate but failed to score enough points to overcome the deficit
Argentina established a position in Group C with bonus point win over Tonga
Argentina is in the World Cup group alongside England, France, Tonga and the USA.
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