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Argentina put Chile to the sword in historic South American derby

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Augusto Bohme of Chile celebrates after scoring a try, which is later ruled out following a TMO Review, during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between Argentina and Chile at Stade de la Beaujoire on September 30, 2023 in Nantes, France. (Photo by David Ramos - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

Nicolas Sanchez marked his 100th Test appearance by contributing 20 points as Argentina stayed on course for the World Cup quarter-finals with a 59-5 win over Chile in Nantes.

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Fly-half Sanchez went over for a superb early solo try in the corner and kicked 15 further points to help lift Argentina up to third in Pool D after registering a 40th straight win over their South American neighbours.

The Pumas scored eight converted tries and now face a showdown with Japan on October 8 in their bid to finish second in the group behind England.

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Michael Cheika’s side had reignited their World Cup hopes by beating Samoa 19-10 after their opening defeat to England and this first World Cup meeting between two South American nations was a must-win match.

Sanchez became only the second Pumas player to reach 100 caps for his country after Sale hooker Agustin Creevy and both players played key roles against Chile.

Match Summary

1
Penalty Goals
0
8
Tries
1
8
Conversions
0
0
Drop Goals
0
138
Carries
86
12
Line Breaks
3
13
Turnovers Lost
18
5
Turnovers Won
9

The Brive fly-half followed up his early try with a penalty and converted first-half tries from flanker Juan Martin Gonzalez and Creevy.

Pumas winger Rodrigo Isgro was sent to the sin bin for a high tackle on Rodrigo Fernandez and returned for the second half.

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Chile, beaten in all 39 previous encounters between the two nations, had lost to Japan, Samoa and England in their first three group matches, but they competed gamely.

After Argentina full-back Martin Bogado’s converted try early in the second half extended his side’s lead to 31-0, Chile hooker Augusto Bohme barged over, but his score was ruled out for a forward pass.

Set Plays

7
Scrums
3
71%
Scrum Win %
67%
16
Lineout
7
100%
Lineout Win %
57%
9
Restarts Received
2
90%
Restarts Received Win %
100%

Isgro powered over to touch down and Gonzalez’s second try of the match – both converted by Sanchez – made it 45-0 with 12 minutes left.

Chile were rewarded for their battling spirit by Tomas Dussaillant’s close-range try, which was greeted by one of the biggest cheers of the match.

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Ignacio Ruiz and Santiago Carreras both went over for converted tries for Argentina in the closing stages, with Carreras adding the extras.

Attack

178
Passes
98
138
Ball Carries
86
506m
Post Contact Metres
239m
12
Line Breaks
3
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