A wonderful first half performance from Argentina was enough for them to get past a Tongan side that improved dramatically in the second half. Los Pumas scored four first half tires which saw them defeat their Pacific Nation opponents 28-12 at the Hanazono Rugby Stadium.
Tonga managed to keep the Argentine’s scoreless the entire second half of the match which is really a wonderful effort, if you consider they leaked 28 points in quick succession before the HT hooter.
"To everyone, thank you to for being here and thank you for believing in us..."@lospumas captain Pablo Matera thanks fans for their support at #RWC2019 #ARGvTGA #RWCHanazono pic.twitter.com/pRMAd0aQoQ— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) September 28, 2019
Here are our Top Performers from today’s match:
Julian Montoya (Argentina)
It was a magical afternoon the No. 2, who became the first hooker to score a hat-trick at a Rugby World Cup since 1999. The 25-year-old made five carries in the match, won one turnover and made two tackles in his 44 minute outing.
Here are his three tries:
After becoming the first hooker to score a hat-trick at a Rugby World Cup since 1999, Julian Montoya was the deserved winner of the @Mastercard Player of the Match for #ARGvTGA #StartSomethingPriceless #POTM #RWC2019 pic.twitter.com/UYgypmM5B2— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) September 28, 2019
Telusa Veainu (Tonga)
Although he found himself on the losing side, the fullback was in red-hot form in the match and created lots of opportunities in the second half. Veainu beat nine defenders in the match and gained a solid 37 metres in his 73 minutes of play. The No. 15 also scored two wonderful tries.
Marcos Kremer (Argentina)
The 22-year-old loose forward put in a massive shift for Los Pumas and played a full 80 minutes of rugby. He made 10 carries in the match and also back that up with 14 tackles, which provided crucial on defence.
Santiago Carreras (Argentina)
The 22-year-old winger got his first start for his country today and boy he didn't disappoint at all. The Jaguares star scored a lovely intercept try and then produced three clean breaks in the match. He also made 87 metres in the but sadly did miss three tackles on defence.