Argentina notch 33-3 win over tough Georgia
LYON, 11 September - Argentina remain on track for an IRB Rugby World Cup quarter-final berth after defeating a tenacious Georgia 33-3 in the Pool D match at Gerland Stadium on Tuesday night.
Ranked fourth in the world, Argentina struggled to put a physical Georgia to the sword and, despite dominating possession and territory, led only 6-3 at halftime in the tournament's first tryless opening half.
In the first international between the countries, Argentina didn't score a try until the 47th minute when wing Lucas Borges crossed for the first of his two.
Borges showed blistering pace to score again in the 56th minute as the Pumas jumped to a 21-3 lead.
Further tries to Patricio Albacete (72nd minute) and Federico Martin Aramburu (80m) blew out the victory margin to 30 points and, importantly, earned Argentina a valuable bonus point.
Georgia opened the scoring through a penalty goal to fly half Merab Kvirikashvili in the 2nd minute but could not add to their tally, tiring as the match wore on.
Argentina, who rested six key players against Georgia, have catapulted to the top of their pool following their victory in Lyon on Tuesday and last week's 17-12 upset over tournament host France.
The South Americans have now won seven out of the eight internationals they have contested this year.