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Sep 26, 2015

Rugby-Springboks bounce back with bonus-point win over Samoa

BIRMINGHAM, Sept 26 (Reuters) – South Africa, brilliantly marshalled by Fourie du Preez in his first start in 15 months, ran in six tries including a JP Pietersen hat-trick to hammer Samoa 46-6 and get their Rugby World Cup challenge back on track.

The Springboks, stunned 34-32 by Japan in their opening Pool B match last weekend, secured only their second win in seven test matches, with Schalk Burger, Schalk Brits and Bryan Habana also bagging tries.

Sep 25, 2015

Rugby-Two-try Cordero snatches World Cup chance with both hands

GLOUCESTER, England, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Santiago Cordero’s career has changed dramatically in five months from a Pumas sevens future to Friday’s man-of-the-match performance in Argentina’s 54-9 World Cup win over Georgia.

The nippy winger scored two tries as the Pumas crushed Georgia with a scintillating second-half performance at Kingsholm, which Argentina’s fans converted into a home venue with their loud and passionate support.

Sep 25, 2015

Pumas appeal to sense of fun to overwhelm Georgia

GLOUCESTER, England (Reuters) – Argentina shook off first-half nerves and played the attacking rugby they enjoy to overwhelm Georgia 54-9 in their Pool C match on Friday, coach Daniel Hourcade and captain Agustin Creevy said.

The score was 14-9 to the Pumas at halftime after they had scored an early try in an even first half before a one-sided second half in which Argentina added another six tries with two each from wings Juan Imhoff and Santiago Cordero.

Sep 25, 2015

Rugby-Pumas appeal to sense of fun to overwhelm Georgia

GLOUCESTER, England, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Argentina shook off first-half nerves and played the attacking rugby they enjoy to overwhelm Georgia 54-9 in their Pool C match on Friday, coach Daniel Hourcade and captain Agustin Creevy said.

The score was 14-9 to the Pumas at halftime after they had scored an early try in an even first half before a one-sided second half in which Argentina added another six tries with two each from wings Juan Imhoff and Santiago Cordero.

Sep 24, 2015

Pumas close ranks round banned Galarza and will appeal

LONDON (Reuters) – Argentina fully support lock Mariano Galarza, suspended for nine weeks for eye gouging at the Rugby World Cup, and will appeal against a decision they consider wrong, the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) said on Thursday.

Galarza was declared guilty at a hearing on Wednesday of “contact with the eye or eye area” of New Zealand lock Brodie Retallick during Argentina’s 26-16 defeat by the holders at Wembley on Sunday.

Sep 24, 2015

Rugby-Pumas close ranks round banned Galarza and will appeal

LONDON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Argentina fully support lock Mariano Galarza, suspended for nine weeks for eye gouging at the Rugby World Cup, and will appeal against a decision they consider wrong, the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) said on Thursday.

Galarza was declared guilty at a hearing on Wednesday of “contact with the eye or eye area” of New Zealand lock Brodie Retallick during Argentina’s 26-16 defeat by the holders at Wembley on Sunday.

Sep 23, 2015

Pumas aim to avoid being drawn in to Georgia dogfight

LONDON (Reuters) – Argentina know not to take Georgia for simpletons, as the East European team’s nickname Lelos translates into Spanish, when the two clash in Friday’s Rugby World Cup Pool C match in Gloucester.

The Pumas, who had holders New Zealand in trouble before succumbing 26-16 on Sunday, are prepared for a tremendous forward contest against fast-improving Georgia and will seek to avoid becoming bogged down in a war of attrition against a side who upset Tonga 17-10 on Saturday.

Sep 23, 2015

Rugby-Pumas aim to avoid being drawn in to Georgia dogfight

LONDON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Argentina know not to take Georgia for simpletons, as the East European team’s nickname Lelos translates into Spanish, when the two clash in Friday’s Rugby World Cup Pool C match in Gloucester.

The Pumas, who had holders New Zealand in trouble before succumbing 26-16 on Sunday, are prepared for a tremendous forward contest against fast-improving Georgia and will seek to avoid becoming bogged down in a war of attrition against a side who upset Tonga 17-10 on Saturday.

Sep 21, 2015

France bank on Fofana for flair against Romania

LONDON (Reuters) – France’s second match at the Rugby World Cup is a chance for players to impress coach Philippe Saint-Andre when they take on Romania in Pool D at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday.

With only four days rest after a 32-10 victory over Italy at Twickenham, Saint-Andre has made 13 changes to his team, possibly a risk but something he was planning all along.

Sep 21, 2015

Rugby-France bank on Fofana for flair against Romania

LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – France’s second match at the Rugby World Cup is a chance for players to impress coach Philippe Saint-Andre when they take on Romania in Pool D at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday.

With only four days rest after a 32-10 victory over Italy at Twickenham, Saint-Andre has made 13 changes to his team, possibly a risk but something he was planning all along.

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