Argentina Defeat Samoa to Maintain Their Chances of Advancing in the Rugby World Cup Knockout Stage.

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Nicolas Sanchez of Argentina is tackled by Christian Leali'ifano and Jonathan Taumateine of Samoa.
Argentina vs Samoa (Credits: Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

In a disappointing Pool D match at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Argentina recovered from their initial Rugby World Cup defeat against England and secured a 19-10 victory over Samoa.

Despite the adverse weather conditions, there wasn’t much excitement or attacking skill on display, as Los Pumas managed to secure a crucial victory in their pursuit of the knockout stage.

In addition to scoring the only try for his team, Emiliano Boffelli also added 11 points through successful kicks, while Nicolas Sanchez’s late, long-range penalty helped them to secure the victory.

Samoa wished to capitalize on their recent victory over Chile but faced difficulties in generating any significant momentum in this match and struggled to hit the target, and now, they have to face challenging tasks if they wish to qualify for the knockout stages.

Emiliano Boffelli during a match for Argentina
Emiliano Boffelli (Credit Image: Ettore Griffoni/LPS via ZUMA Press Wire)

Argentina Secures Crucial Victory Over Samoa in Rugby World Cup Clash

Sama Malolo, a replacement hooker, scored their lone try at Saint-Etienne late, creating a tense finish for Los Pumas, but Argentina ultimately held on to win.

The fact that Samoan full-back Duncan Paia’aua received a yellow card just one minute into the game. And this alleviated Argentina’s pre-match concerns. Los Pumas took the lead as Boffelli crossed the line in the right corner and successfully converted it, making his absence noticeable.

Following this, the Edinburgh wing scored three penalty kicks, and Samoa finally scored in the first half thanks to a Christian Leali’ifano penalty.

Samoa’s firm defense in the later stages of the game threatened a comeback, and Malolo’s converted try added a sense of uncertainty to the game.

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2023 - Pool D - Argentina v Samoa - Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne, France - September 22, 2023 Samoa's Tumua Manu in action with Argentina's Emiliano Boffelli
Samoa’s Tumua Manu in action with Argentina’s Emiliano Boffelli (Credits: REUTERS/Peter Cziborra)

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Although Argentina, who reached the World Cup’s fourth place in 2015 but failed to go beyond the pool stage in Japan four years ago, managed to secure the victory for themselves with Sanchez’s penalty.

After their defeat to England, Argentinians had a concern about an early exit, but winning here gave them the confidence boost to go further ahead in the tournament. They will now be facing South American rivals Chile in Nantes this Saturday.

A struggling Samoa, on the other hand, will need to win over both Japan and England if they hope to advance to the quarterfinals.


By Brian Anderson

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