Bonus try: Felipe Contepomi scores Argentina's fourth try

MARSEILLE, 22 September – Argentina kept intact their hopes of qualifying top of Pool D with a 63-3 victory – a record world cup winning margin for them - over Namibia at Stade Velodrome on Saturday night.

Taking a while to find their composure, the Pumas were guilty of several handling errors in the face of a committed Namibia defence in the first half before they found their rhythm for the nine-tries-to-none win.

The match was 26 minutes old before they found the Namibia line courtesy of loosehead prop Rodrigo Roncero, who crashed over following a series of strong forward surges.

A dominant scrum and growing composure in attack enabled Argentina to start to assert their ascendancy, with further tries to Manuel Contepomi and number 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamon to lead 25-3 at the break.

The Pumas were all business following the resumption and the bonus point was safely banked when fly half Felipe Contepomi ghosted through the Namibian defence to score under the posts from where he easily converted.

Their tails up, Argentina became much more adventurous and the passes started to stick as the forwards continually served up a wealth of front-foot ball.

Leguizamon was over for his second in the 50th minute and it was all one-way traffic from there, with Argentina crossing a further three times in addition to the tournament's third penalty try.

Replacement fly half Federico Todeschini scored a try and kicked two conversions while Felipe Contepomi, with four conversions, two penalties and a try, finished with a 19-point haul.

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