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  • Masi,
    Penalty goals: Marcato (3),
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  • Carballo,
    Penalty goals: Contepomi (5),
    Conversions: Contepomi,
  • International Match
  • 15th Nov 2008
  • KO 14:00
  • Ground: Stadio Flaminio

Pumas end losing streak

Centre kicks all but five of Argentina's points en route to win

Last updated: 15th November 2008   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Pumas end losing streak

Contepomi: Kicking king

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Captain Felipe Contepomi led from the front as Argentina ended their four-match losing streak with ease in Italy.

The Leinster centre kicked 17 points of Argentina's 22 in an at-times less than inspiring game in Turin that featured just two tries and finished 22-14 to the Pumas.

Rafael Carballo ran in the only Pumas five-pointer in the 50th minute after fly-half Juan Martin Hernandez collected his own chip in the middle of the pitch to feed the winger.

And for the Azzurri, stand-off Andrea Marcato scored two penalties and a drop goal with full-back Andrea Masi running over a consolation try in stoppage time.

Pressure off

The result gives Argentina coach Santiago Phelan his second win since taking over after the World Cup - and with it, some much-needed breathing space.

The hosts pressured the scrum in the opening stages - and the Pumas were repeatedly penalised for collapsing - but Marcato failed to make the most of it, missing two penalties as well as a drop goal.

Contepomi eventually got some points on the board with a 25th-minute penalty only for Marcato to level five minutes later with another penalty conceded for collapsing the scrum, Contepomi soon finding two more kicks though to put Argentina 9-3 up at halftime.

Magic

The deficit had stretched to 12-3 thanks to another Contepomi effort when Marcato replied with a smartly taken drop goal.

But then Carballo stole into the limelight with his flash of magic - despite the Pumas being a man down following Rodrigo Roncero's sin-binning for an off-the-ball incident.

Marcato reduced the deficit with yet another penalty in the 54th, but Argentina were comfortably in control and even Masi's late try couldn't stop them avenging the 13-12 defeat they suffered at home to Italy in June.

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