The Argentinians, still smarting from a narrow loss to France, were determined to score a bonus point win, realising their chances of progressing to the finals are likely already out of their hands.
With rugged determination Los Pumas score 4 tries, securing their bonus point in only the 25th minute. With their first objective secure, they then needed to go on to win the match.
Tonga were the next to score and maintained good pressure well into the second half.
Tonga scored again in the 65th minute and it was game on. Argentina were unable to replicate their opening effort through the middle section of this match. A moment of sheer brilliance from Telusa Veainu in the corner took the scores to 28 -12.
But in the end it was the Argentinians who reigned supreme. Winning the match they locked up in the 25th minute. Tonga looked good, but not good enough. Winning the second half doesn’t win you the match.
On a side note, it was surprising to see Jaco Peyper have little to no impact on the match, he is the most consistent match official in World Rugby at interfering with the flow and outcomes of a match. I have been so impressed with the directions given to match officials this World Cup. The games have been flowing and the penalty counts have been consistently in the low teens. This is not an easy fete at this level. There has been plenty of whinging so far, but credit where credit is due! Well done match officials.
Final Score 28 -12