|Attempt: Boffelli Con: Boffelli Pens: Boffelli 3, Sanchez
|Samoa: (3) 10
|Attempt: Malolo Con: Leuila Pen: Leali’ifano
Emiliano Boffelli scored 16 factors as Argentina saved their quarter-final hopes alive with a hard-earned victory over Samoa in Saint-Etienne in Pool D.
The Pumas recovered from their opening recreation defeat by England to kickstart their marketing campaign at a rain-drenched Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
Argentina wing Boffelli transformed his personal attempt to kicked three penalties.
Sama Malolo powered over late on to arrange a frantic end however Nicolas Sanchez’s penalty sealed victory.
Former Australia fly-half Christian Leali’ifano missed two of his three penalties within the first half as Argentina led by 10 factors on the break.
The Pumas stay fourth within the desk regardless of what is simply their second ever win over the Pacific Islanders, who keep second behind leaders England.
Pumas underwhelm in victory
A lot was anticipated from Argentina earlier than this World Cup after a well-known first away win in New Zealand final yr and up to date away victories over England and Australia.
However the Pumas barely landed a shot towards the 14 males of England as they have been unable to adapt to the circumstances within the face of a George Ford kicking masterclass.
The soggy circumstances in Saint-Etienne meant the assembly with Samoa was all the time prone to be error-strewn recreation, with restricted attacking rugby on show.
Samoa made the primary large mistake with 28 seconds on the clock as full-back Duncan Paia’aua was despatched to the sin-bin for a useless sort out on Santiago Carreras within the air.
For the second recreation in a row, Argentina have been dealing with 14 gamers, however this time they made their man benefit depend as Boffelli in the reduction of inside towards the visitors and grounded the ball with an outstretched arm.
The wing transformed his personal attempt to kicked two first-half penalties to maintain chipping away on the scoreboard – one thing Samoa couldn’t do as Leali’ifano missed a few penalties which ought to be taken at Take a look at degree.
Samoa have been spirited in defence however lacked any attacking cohesion after the interval as Boffelli stretched the Pumas lead by one other three factors.
Alternative hooker Malolo smashed his approach over the road for the primary attempt conceded by Argentina at this World Cup, and Alai D’Angelo Leuila’s conversion moved Samoa to inside six factors.
However Sanchez fired a long-range, last-gasp penalty over the posts to maneuver Argentina out of attain and deny Samoa a dropping bonus level, which might show to be essential within the battle for qualification for the final eight.
‘The higher crew gained’ – what they mentioned
Argentina’s participant of the match Boffelli mentioned: “We knew it would not be straightforward. Samoa are a robust crew. It was a vital win at this time.
“It was a really robust recreation. I’m completely satisfied for the crew. Thanks so much to everybody. The supporters have been unimaginable. We felt their assist.”
Samoa captain Chris Vui after the sport, mentioned: “Extraordinarily pleased with the boys at this time. I believed the higher crew gained, all credit score to Argentina, they have been extra medical, so full credit score to them.”
On their attempt within the closing phases: “Yeah, the momentum was swinging our approach and we thought we might have come again. We have some learnings to take and a six-day turnaround to take into Japan.”
Argentina: Mallia; Boffelli, Moroni, Chocobares, M Carreras; S Carreras, Bertranou; Gallo, Montoya (capt), Bello, Pagadizabal, Alemanno, Matera, Kremer, Gonzalez.
Replacements: Creevy, Vivas, Kodela, Rubiolo, Bruni, Cubelli, Sanchez, Cinti.
Samoa: Paia’aua; Ah-Wong, Seuteni, Manu, Lam; Leali’ifano, Taumateine; Lay, Lam, Alo-Emile, Alainu’u’ese, Vui (capt), McFarland, Lee, Luatua.
Replacements: Malolo, Faumuina, Alaalatoa, Seu, Taufua, Matavao, Leuila, Toala
Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)