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Los Pumas maul Los Leones in nine try feast

MATCH REPORT: Argentina scored nine tries in a 62-3 rout of Spain in a World Cup warm-up on Saturday.


Full-back Juan Cruz Mallia, prop Joel Sclavi, winger Santiago Carreras and scrum-half Tomas Cubelli all scored first-half tries as the Pumas stretched to a 31-3 lead at the interval.

Flanker Marcos Kremer, centre Jeronimo De la Fuente and a double from No.8 Facundo Isa completed the romp.

The victory will be a huge confidence-booster ahead of the Pumas’ World Cup opener against struggling England in Marseille on September 9.

Earlier Saturday, England slumped to their first ever defeat to Fiji, losing 30-22 to the Pacific islanders at Twickenham.


For Argentina:
Tries: Mallia, Sclavi, Carreras, Cubelli, Kremer, De La Fuente, Bogado 2, Isa
Cons: Sanchez 7
Pens: Sanchez


For Spain:
Pen: Vinuesa


Spain: 15 John Wessel Bell, 14 Martiniano Cian, 13 Iñaki Mateu, 12 Gonzalo López, 11 Federico Casteglioni (capt.), 10 Gonzalo Vunuesa, 9 Estanislao Bay, 8 Facundo Domínguez, 7 Mario Pichardie,6 Matthew Foulds, 5 Alejandro Suárez, 4 Lucas Guillaume, 3 Bittor Aboitiz, 2 Pablo Miejimolle, 1 Thierry Futeu
Replacements: 16 Santiago Ovejero, 17 Raúl Calzón, 18 Lucas Santamaría, 19 Raphael Nieto, 20 Víctor Sánchez, 21 Ike Irusta, 22 Bautista Güemes, 23 Jordi Jorba

Argentina: 15 Juan Cruz Mallía, 14 Rodrigo Isgró, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Santiago Chocobares, 11 Mateo Carreras, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Tomás Cubelli (capt.), 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Rodrigo Bruni, 5 Pedro Rubiolo, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Eduardo Bello, 2 Agustín Creevy, 1 Joel Sclavi,
Replacements: 16 Ignacio Ruiz, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Lucio Sordoni, 19 Matías Alemanno, 20 Santiago Grondona, 21 Lautaro Bazán Vélez, 22 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 23 Martín Bogado


Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Federico Vedovelli (Italy); Eoghan Cross (Ireland)
TMO: Matteo Liperini (Italy)

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