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World Cup • Pool C
  • 2nd Half
  • Argentina
  • Tonga
  • 1st Half
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  • Tonga
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Argentina - Tonga
World Cup - 5 October 2015

World Cup – Follow the Rugby match between Argentina and Tonga live with Eurosport. The match starts at 00:30 on 5 October 2015. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.


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The players shake hands after a terrific game at the Leicester City Stadium. Argentina will progress to the knockout stages and will no doubt trouble some of the world's biggest sides, but Tonga can leave the tournament next week with their heads held high.

80'

Sanchez converts to put a cherry on top of this impressive Argentina display.

79'

TRY! Tonga are out on their feet and Argentina take full advantage, putting Cordero into space to finish under the posts.

77' 

This game has been over for some time. Tonga are searching for one final morale-boosting score, but now know that their tournament is set to end at the group stage.

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74' 

The first half was a display of great attacking rugby from Argentina, but their coaching team will be just as pleased with this second period. The Pumas have shut down Tonga and strangled the life out of the game.

73'

Sanchez is back on form with the boot and slots the conversion.

72'

TRY! Argentina stay camped in the corner and Montoya keeps himself marginally in-field to touch down right by the corner flag. That's game over.

71' 

Argentina very nearly cross in the corner, but the Tonga defences manage to squeeze the ball-carrier into touch.

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68' 

Tonga are flinging the ball around searching for the try that would give them a chance in the last ten minutes, but Argentina's impressive defence is barely creaking.

67' 

Morath goes for a cross-field kick, but the ref pulls it back for a breakdown infringement and Tonga kick for the corner.

66' 

The atmosphere is jubilant amongst the strong Argentinean contingent inside the Leicester City Stadium. They think that this game is won... and it's hard to argue.

66'

Sanchez misses the conversion attempt but it's 31-16 on the scoreboard now and that's probably too much for Tonga to haul back.

64'

Try! Extended Argentina pressure finally tells and Sanchez dummies a pass to create a hole in the defensive line and cross for what could well be the game-winning score.

62' 

Telusa Veainu has been a revelation for Tonga today. The winger has been sensational with the ball in hand, as well as solid under the high ball, and it was he who managed to get under the ball and deny that Argentina try.

Tonga's Telusa Veainu dived for the line but his try was not given
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60' 

The TMO is called into action as Lavanini crashes over the line, but there was a red shirt under the ball and the try can't be given.

58' 

The second half hasn't had the flow of the first, but that will suit Argentina as they are able to shut the game down and slowly extend their lead. Tonga are starting to look a bit loose and know that they need to score soon if the comeback is to be on.

56'

Sanchez misses his first kick of the game and Tonga remain just ten points behind.

55' 

Tonga fail to keep their discipline at the breakdown and it will be yet another kick at goal for Sanchez. A lack of composure is threatening to put the Pacific Islanders too far behind in this game.

53'

The penalty count is racking up, but it's Sanchez who is proving the difference with his accuracy off the tee. The fly-half slots another long-ranger to extend Argentina's lead.

51'

Morath again misses the penalty and these misses are likely to come back to haunt his side come full-time.

50' 

The TMO is called into action for a tackle without the use of arms by Lavanini, but the lock is fortunate to escape with just a ticking off.

49' 

Tonga go through the phases and work their way deep into Argentinean territory. The Pumas defence holds firm, but Tonga are showing signs that they really fancy their chances of an upset in this second half.

47'

Morath snatches at the penalty and hooks it wide. That's a big let-off for the Pumas and Tonga can't afford many more missed opportunities like that.

45'

Tonga are up for this and win a penalty at scrum time. It'll be another attempt at the posts for Morath...

44'

Sanchez slots a three-pointer of his own. The fly-half is clinical from the tee and was never going to miss that one. The lead is back up to seven points.

42'

Morath pulls Tonga right back into it with a penalty at the start of the second half. The difference is now just four points. 20-16.

41'

Tonga get the second half underway.

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That's the end of the action in the first half of one of the best games of the tournament so far. Both Argentina and Tonga have lit up the Leicester City Stadium with some thrilling attacking rugby and that Tonga'uiha try just before the break has kept the Pacific Islanders right in the hunt.

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39'

Morath's conversion slides wide and the score is 20-13 as the game heads towards the interval.

38'

TRY! Tonga'uiha claims a brilliant Veainu pass out of the tackle right on the touchline to cross for a sensational Tongan try. That was brilliant from the winger and the prop was up in support to take advantage of the wonderful piece of handling from his wide man.

37' 

A wonder offload creates space for Piutau to break through the Argentina line, but again Tonga spill in the tackle.

36' 

Tonga win the lineout and clear further up-field. The Pumas are called for not releasing at the next phase of play and the Pacific Islanders work their way up to halfway.

35' 

Both teams are playing thrilling rugby. An extended spell of Tongan pressure comes to an end as they spill on in the tackle and Argentina spring on the counter. There's a two-on-one out on the wing, but Tuculet kicks rather than works the pass and the chance for a try goes begging.

33'

Morath slots the penalty and Tonga will be pleased to have halted the one-way flow of points.

31'

The scrum has been a bit of a mess in this half and Argentina are pinged for collapsing. Tonga will go for the posts to try and reduce the deficit.

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27'

Sanchez slots the penalty and Argentina's lead is up to 15 points. Tonga haven't played badly, but the Pumas have been incredible in this first half.

26'

Argentina's front-five make mincemeat of Tonga at the scrum and it's a penalty within kickable range.

25' 

Argentina win a turnover and rampage up-field again. There's a huge overlap, but prop Ayerza attempts a Hollywood pass and the chance for a third try goes begging.

24'

Sanchez converts and it's gone from a Tongan lead to 17-5 in the blink of an eye. Sensational rugby.

22'

TRY! Wow! Straight from the kick-off Argentina's Cordero runs it out of his own 22 and scythes open the Tonga defence. He offloads well out of the tackle and Imhoff finishes off probably the try of the tournament.

21'

Sanchez converts and Argentina have turned this game on its head. 10-5.

19'

TRY! Argentina have woken up in a big way. Tuculet finishes off a flowing move that tore the Tongan defence to pieces.

18'

Sanchez slots the three-pointer and Argentina are on the board.

16' 

Argentina turn the ball over and show how dangerous they are with space out wide. Only a knock-on from Imhoff prevents Tonga being pegged back to 5-5, but the referee calls play back for a penalty.

15' 

Argentina were stung by that initial scrum and get a big shove on against the head, but Tonga do well to get the ball out quickly and avoid giving away a penalty.

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12' 

Tonga put width on the ball early and Takulua crashes across the gain-line. However, a knock-on just yards from the line gives Argentina a reprieve.

11' 

Argentina are pinged in the front-row as their famed pack fails to deal with Tonga's set-piece power. A raking kick finds touch in the Argentina half and the Pacific Islanders will have another great attacking platform.

9'

Morath's conversion of his own score comes back off the post, meaning it's only 5-0 to Tonga.

7'

TRY! Tonga's pressure finally tells as they keep getting quick ball and create a mismatch for Kurt Morath to squirm over for the opening score.

6' 

Tonga have been the better side in the opening minutes. They've caught Argentina a little cold and are offloading out of the tackle superbly to create space out wide.

4' 

Another high tackle from Tonga leads to a final warning from the referee. It's a concerningly long tightrope that they'll be walking on now.

3' 

Argentina lose their first lineout of the match, but the Pumas' drift defence contains the Tongan attack and forces the ball out on the far side.

2' 

Tonga have started superbly, but a grubber down the line is straight into Argentinean hands and Veainu gets carried away with a high tackle.

1'

Argentina get the game underway but Tonga claim the kick-off well and immediately bust a hole in the blue and white defensive line.

14:30 

If the anthems are anything to go by then the crowd support is heavily in Argentina's favour. The dramatic Tongan Sipi Tau momentarily silences the Puma fans.

Tonga perform the Sipi Tau before the match against Namibia
14:25 

The players emerge from the tunnel at a packed Leicester City Stadium. The choice of venue was controversial, but it has meant that there is a sizeable crowd in for what is an important game in Pool C.

14:25
14:20
14:15 

Kick-off is just 15 minutes away. It's a huge afternoon for Tonga, who will need to be at the top of their game to cope with an Argentinian side who have improved markedly since joining the Rugby Championship. This Pumas team is powerful and clinical with a very strong defence. It's likely to be a tough afternoon for the Pacific Islanders.

14:10
14:05
14:00
13:55
13:50 

Tonga struggled to a 35-21 win over Namibia last time out, but have made six changes to strengthen the side for this crucial game. The Tongan XV is the oldest in World Cup history, with the starting team having an average age of 31.

13:45 

Argentina, the clear favourites to win this game, have made seven changes from the team that cruised past Georgia. The Pumas have been quietly impressive so far in the tournament, giving the All Blacks a scare and showing enough to suggest that a semi-final spot certainly isn't beyond them.

13:40
13:35
13:30 

The hosts may already be out, but the World Cup is only just warming up. Today's first match sees Argentina take on Tonga in a match that will essentially decide who joins New Zealand in the knockout stages from Pool C. We'll have build-up and LIVE text commentary right here.