Emiliano Boffelli’s brilliance helps Argentina to World Cup win over Samoa

  • Argentina 19-10 Samoa
  • Wing scores his sides only try and kicks three vital penalties

Emiliano Boffelli was the difference-maker as Argentina survived a late charge to beat Samoa and reignite their World Cup campaign. With the Pumas losing to England in their opening Pool D fixture, they needed to beat Samoa to keep alive realistic hopes of progressing into the knockout stages.

They did that with an attritional 19-10 win in Saint-Etienne, with Boffelli delivering his team’s first 16 points.

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England 27-10 Argentina: Rugby World Cup 2023 – live

George Ford scored all of England’s points in a match they dominated despite Tom Curry’s early sending off

England, clearly, have some good players. I think the main difference between now and 2019 is partnerships: specifically, George Kruis / Maro Itoje, and Sam Underhill / Tom Curry. Both Kruis and Underhill are missed for their individual qualities, but also how they helped others perform.

This is the first time England (the men’s team) have played in Marseille since 2007, and the World Cup quarter-final against Australia.

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Michael Cheika focuses on forwards as Argentina adapt for England test

  • Head coach selects six forwards among eight replacements
  • Mallía returns at full-back for Saturday’s World Cup match

The Argentina head coach, Michael Cheika, is expecting an attritional Rugby World Cup encounter with England after naming his team for their Pool D opener on Saturday night.

The former Wallabies coach has named an experienced XV for the high-stakes match in Marseille against Steve Borthwick’s side, selecting six forwards among eight replacements.

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