Argentina sign off from Rugby World Cup with convincing win over US

first_imgArgentina rugby union team … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Rugby World Cup group-stage deciders threatened by Super Typhoon Hagibis Reuse this content It was then De La Fuente’s turn to run in unharried. The Americans kept going and were rewarded when Paul Lasike showed great strength to smash his way over for their second try. Bertranou then became the latest to benefit from more great work by Mallia but the US had the final word with Scully’s second. The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Rugby World Cup Topics Rugby World Cup 2019 Since you’re here… Rugby union US sports Share on Messenger USA rugby union team Support The Guardian Share via Email Argentina ended a disappointing World Cup campaign on a high as they ran in seven tries to hammer the United States 47-17 with a sometimes scintillating display in their final Pool C game. The Pumas, whose qualification hopes were ended by defeats at the hands of France and England, picked a young team and the newcomers took their chance to play with confidence and ambition that left the Americans clutching at shadows.There were two tries each for Joaquín Tuculet and man-of-the-match centre Juan Cruz Mallia, while recalled flyhalf Nicolás Sánchez, Jerónimo de la Fuente and Gonzalo Bertranou also scored to secure their ninth win in nine meetings with the US. They finish third in the pool with 11 points from their wins over Tonga and the US but that represented a considerable step backwards for the 2015 semi-finalists, especially on the back of such an impressive Super Rugby campaign by the Jaguares. The US, who have now managed only three wins in their 26 World Cup games, will hope to end with a fourth from their final game against Tonga but will have to dramatically improve their defence after missing almost 50 tackles on Wednesday.Argentina were on top from the start and Mallia set up the first try when he cut through a ragged American defensive line to feed Sánchez on his shoulder after 19 minutes. Sánchez then set up the second as his short kick took a horrible bounce to wrong-foot Mike Te’o and give Tuculet an unexpected second, followed soon after by his own second and the team’s third.The Americans got on the scoreboard at the end of the half when flyhalf AJ MacGinty sent a grubber kick into the corner for captain Blaine Scully to scamper on to and touch down.Bautista Delguy had the crowd on their feet at the start of the second half with an outrageous run from behind his own line and through half a dozen defenders all the way to the halfway line. He was unable to complete but the next score was only minutes away as Mallia, again untouched, got the fourth, and soon after, and identical fifth after a quick lineout caught the Americans napping. Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter match reportslast_img

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