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Argentina 64-19 Namibia

By Matt McGeehan

There was no Diego Maradona for inspiration, but Argentina did not need him as the Pumas danced past Namibia in a nine-try, 64-19 win at Leicester City Stadium.

Maradona, who danced in the changing room following last week's defeat of Tonga, says he will return if the Pumas make the semi-finals and improvement will be needed if his promise is to be fulfilled.

Juan Martin Hernandez, Matias Moroni, Horacio Agulla - one of three Pumas in the matchday 23 with a Leicester Tigers connection - Facundo Isa and Lucas Noguera scored first-half tries.

And Matias Alemanno, Leonardo Senatore, Julian Montoya and Tomas Cubelli crossed the line in the second as the Pumas finished Pool C as runners-up behind holders New Zealand.

Namibia exited by making another impression following their first World Cup point last Wednesday in Exeter, a losing bonus against Georgia.

They scored three tries as Johan Tromp capitalised on poor Pumas handling while down to 14 men. JC Greyling punished another mistake early in the second half and Eugene Jantjies scored the game's final try.

It was not an entirely convincing performance by Argentina, but it did not need to be and head coach Daniel Hourcade will likely revert to his first-choice XV for the last-eight clash against Ireland.

After the Pumas dominated the first-half it was Namibia who scored first in the second half as Greyling pounced on a loose pass in midfield.

Namibia, however, tired and the Pumas pounced on the counter as replacement Senatore, Montoya and Cubelli all scored tries, but Namibia had the final say when Jantjies scored.

Retiring prop Johnny Redelinghuys took the conversion but missed.

Argentina: Gonzalez Amorosino, Moroni, Gonzalez Iglesias,

Socino, Agulla, Hernandez, Landajo, Noguera, Montoya, Orlandi,

Petti Pagadizabal, Alemanno, Matera, Ortega Desio, Isa.

Replacements: Imhoff for Gonzalez Iglesias (65), Bosch for Hernandez (51), Cubelli for Landajo (53), Creevy for Montoya (70), Herrera for Orlandi (53),

Fernandez Lobbe for Alemanno (60).

Not Used: Ayerza, Senatore.

Sin Bin: Bosch (53).

Tries: Hernandez, Moroni, Agulla, Matera, Noguera, Alemanno, Senatore, Montoya, Cubelli.

Cons: Gonzalez Iglesias 4, Socino 4. Pens: Gonzalez Iglesias.

Namibia: Botha, Tromp, Greyling, Deysel, Marais, Kotze, Stevens, Engels, van Jaarsveld, Coetzee, Venter, Uanivi, Kitshoff, Conradie, Dames.

Replacements: R. van Wyk for Botha (57), Jantjies for Stevens (65), Redelinghuys for Engels (52), van der Westhuizen for van Jaarsveld (52), de Klerk for Coetzee (48), Bothma for Venter (6), du Plessis for Dames (58).

Not Used: Smit.

Sin Bin: Greyling (11), du Plessis (76).

Tries: Tromp, Greyling, Jantjies. Cons: Kotze 2.

Att: 30,198

Ref: Pascal Gauzere (France).

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