The Pumas set themselves up for next week's quarter-final with a convincing win over Namibia in Leicester.
Argentina tuned up for their quarter-final with a comfortable 64-19 win over Namibia in Leicester. They ran in nine tries in total as some of their fringe players showed Daniel Hourcade what they have to offer.
Matias Moroni: Unknown to most coming into the tournament, the versatile Moroni was the game’s best player in the first half. Hugely dangerous on his wing, he scored one and made another before half-time. Another sign of the growing depth in Argentinian rugby.
Juan Martin Hernandez scores again: Hernandez made his name at the 2007 World Cup helping Argentina to their historic third place. However his last try in the competition actually came all the way back in 2003. He was on the scoresheet again here though with the opening try.
Ominous Pumas: All the talk ahead of France v Ireland is the prize of avoiding New Zealand in the quarter-finals. While Argentina might seem like the easier tie, they are turning into a fantastic all-round team. Don’t be surprised to see them back in the last four.
Johnny Redelinghuys conversion: Ok, so he missed it, but it was great to see the veteran prop having a go with the final kick of the game. Just needs a little work on the technique!
Tijuee Uanivi: Before the tournament you might have been forgiven for thinking Namibia were Jacques Burger and nothing else. Uanivi has been easily their best player though, and the powerful second row will surely be picked up by a team in Europe on the back of his displays.
Two-tier refereeing: JC Greyling was sin-binned in the first half for a high tackle, clearly caused by Juan Martin Hernandez slipping as he approached him. In the second half Tinus du Plessis was binned for a far less dangerous attempt to claim a high ball than Bryan Habana last week. It’s hard enough for the smaller teams but they never get the rub of the green with the decisions either.
Worry for Bosch: On the other scale of the decisions, Marcelo Bosch was rather fortunate to get just a yellow card for a tip tackle on Theuns Kotzè. He’ll now have an anxious wait to see if he’s cited. His absence would be a huge blow in the quarter-finals.
24: The number of tackles made by Namibian flanker Wian Conradie. With Jacques Burger out he really stepped up.
56: The scarcely believable number of defenders beaten by Argentina. They were breaking through for fun in the second half.
183: The number of metres run by Matias Moroni. The winger cut Namibia to shreds in the first half in particular.
Argentina: Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino; Matias Moroni, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias (Juan Imhoff 64), Juan Pablo Socino, Horacio Agulla; Juan Martin Hernandez (Marcelo Bosch 50), Martin Landajo (c) (Tomas Cubelli 52); Lucas Noguera, Julian Montoya (Agustin Creevy 69), Juan Pablo Orlandi (Ramiro Herrera 52), Guido Petti, Matias Alemanno (Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe 60), Pablo Matera (Leonardo Senatore 49), Javier Ortega Desio, Facundo Isa
Tries (9): Hernandez, Moroni, Agulla, Isa, Noguera, Alemanno, Senatore, Montoya, Cubelli Cons: Gonzalez Iglesias 4, Socino 4. Pen: Gonzalez Iglesias.
Yellow card: Bosch
Namibia: Chrysander Botha (Russell van Wyk 57); Johan Tromp, JC Greyling (Heinrich Smit 64), Johan Deysel, Conrad Marais; Theuns Kotze, Eneill Buitendag (Eugene Jantjies 64); Jaco Engels (Johnny Redelinghuys 51), Torsten van Jaarsveld (Louis van der Westhuizen 51), Johannes Coetzee (Abel de Klerk 46), Janco Venter (PJ van Lill 5), Tijuee Uanivi, Rohan Kitshoff (c), Wian Conradie, Leneve Damens (Tinus du Plessis 57)
Tries: Tromp, Greyling, Jantjies. Con: Kotze 2.
Yellow cards: Greyling, Du Plessis
Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)
Man of the Match: Horacio Agulla