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Boffelli stars as Pumas sink Samoa

Emiliano Boffelli scored 16 factors as Argentina put their World Cup marketing campaign again on monitor with a disciplined and composed victory over erratic Samoa on Friday.

The 19-10 win retains the Pumas’ within the hunt for the quarter-finals following their opening Pool D defeat to England two weeks in the past. Samoa face an uphill battle to make the knockout levels.

An error-strewn show proved Samoa’s undoing, with quite a few knock-ons halting their progress and momentum.

They did arrange a grandstand end when alternative hooker Sama Malolo burrowed over 5 minutes from time, earlier than Argentina veteran Nicolas Sanchez ended Samoan hopes with a last-gasp penalty.

Samoa made a poor begin after which paid for some hapless kicking and doubtful tactical decisions as Argentina steadily clocked up the scores in driving rain.

Samoa fullback Duncan Paia’aua was yellow-carded inside the primary 35 seconds for taking out Santiago Carreras within the air.

Simply earlier than Paia’aua returned, Argentina made Samoa pay, switching play from one wing to the opposite earlier than Boffelli darted in off his flank to stretch out an arm and rating.

Samoa had been the architects of their very own downfall, as veteran flyhalf Christian Leali’ifano gifted Argentina possession contained in the 22 by taking a free-kick from the unsuitable place.

Boffelli transformed his personal attempt to quickly added a penalty earlier than Leali’ifano received the Pacific Islanders off the mark with a three-pointer that bounced on the crossbar and over.

A second penalty from Boffelli pushed Argentina’s result in 13-3, whereas Leali’ifano missed two simple wanting kicks at purpose in what was rapidly turning into a private horror present.

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Leali’ifano turned down one other penalty alternative to kick to the nook however Argentina stole the Samoan lineout.

Moments later, on the stroke of half time, Samoa had a five-metre scrum, however scrum-half Jonathan Taumateine spilled the ball and allowed Argentina to outlive and take a 10-point lead into the break.

With the rain abating, Argentina grew in confidence at first of the second half, pinning Samoa within the nook earlier than giving freely a penalty from a double motion by Boffelli as he sought a second attempt.

Samoa misplaced UJ Seuteni, knocked out whereas making a sort out, and one other botched line-out invited extra stress.

A intelligent Pablo Matera grubber kick led to a penalty deep within the Samoa 22 that Argentina kicked to the nook. Fierce defence saved Argentina out till Boffelli knocked over his third profitable penalty.

Boffelli missed a penalty from midway, however made up for that with some essential cowl below his personal posts to forestall Tumua Manu from working onto a grubber to attain.

Samoa lastly scored a attempt 5 minutes from time by Malolo, with D’Angelo Leuila changing. However alternative Sanchez had the final phrase.

© Agence France-Presse

Photograph: Sebastien Bozon/AFP



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