Pumas on a killing spree
Argentina maximised on Mamuka Gorgodzeís second-half sin-binning to
record a vital bonus-point 54-9 victory over Georgia on Friday to all
but guarantee themselves the second automatic qualifying spot in Pool C.
Having been beaten 26-16 by champion New Zealand in their opening
game, the Argentinians had to beat Georgia, who were surprise 17-10
winners over Tonga in their opener, to stay in the race for the
With two remaining pool games against Tonga and minnows Namibia on
October 4 and 11, both in Leicester, Argentina will be out-and-out
favourites to progress alongside the All Blacks into the quarter-finals.
Argentina were made to work hard in the first-half, enjoying just a 14-9
lead thanks to nine points from the boot of influential fly-half Nicolas
Sanchez and Tomas Lavaniniís solitary try while Georgian veteran Merab
Kvirikashvili kicked three penalties. But when Georgian skipper Gorgodze
was rightly sin binned in the 45th minute, the South Americans made hay,
scoring three converted tries through Tomas Cubelli, Juan Imhoff and
Santiago Cordero in the space of six minutes with some wonderful running
With Georgia flagging, Martin Landajo first scored, and then Cordero
and Bosch grabbed their second tries, Marcelo Bosch hitting two
conversions as Argentina racked up 40 unanswered points.