Argentina dominate Italy in comprehensive win

Marcos Kremer, Juan Martin Gonzalez, Matas Moroni, Santiago Cordero and Facundo Bosch scored tries to help Argentina end a run of seven consecutive defeats, including a winless Rugby Championship

Last Updated: 13/11/21 4:15pm

Marcos Kremer scores for Argentina

Argentina outscored Italy by five tries to one as they returned to winning ways, after seven successive losses, with a 37-16 win in their test at the Stadio Communale Monigo on Saturday.

Marcos Kremer, Juan Martin Gonzalez, Matias Moroni, Santiago Cordero and Facundo Bosch scored tries in a convincing triumph with Emiliano Boffelli adding a penalty and three conversions.

Nicolas Sanchez came on to also put over a penalty after Argentina were 17-6 ahead at half-time.

Italy scrum-half Stephen Varney scored his team’s try, converted by Paolo Garbisi, who also kicked over three penalties.

Gonzalo Bertranou tackles Italy’s Luca Bigi

Boffelli set Argentina on their way with a superbly taken high catch and a clever offload to allow Kremer to surge to the line for the opening score after nine minutes.

Gonzalez, who turns 21 on Sunday, then celebrated early as he finished off a kick and chase to see Argentina romp into a 17-0 lead inside the opening half hour.

They got their third try 100 seconds into the second half after Mateo Carreras leapt over an opponent to snatch a poor kick by the hosts and turn defence into attack as Argentina then swung the ball down the line for Moroni to go over.

Italy suggested a possible comeback when Vardy darted over in the 48th minute followed three minutes later by the third of Garbisis penalties to cut the Pumas lead to eight points.

Juan Martin Gonzalez scores for the Pumas

But an easy try for Cordero not long after swiftly ended home hopes with Italy’s bad day at the office compounded by a serious knee injury suffered by prop Marco Riccioni, who plays for Saracens in England.

Bosch scored four minutes from time at the end of a maul to make up for dropping the ball after also crossing the try line a minute earlier.

Argentina had lost six games in the Rugby Championship and last weekend away to France going into Saturday’s Test. They head to Dublin to meet Ireland next Sunday.

Italy finish their year with a Test against Uruguay in Parma next weekend.

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