Ar­gentina wary of Tonga ‘dis­or­der’

The Daily Telegraph - Rugby World Cup - - Sport: Rugby World Cup 2015 - By Rex Gowar

The Ar­gentina fly-half, Ni­colás Sánchez, thinks the Pu­mas need to keep the game tight and avoid be­ing drawn into the “dis­or­der” on which Tonga thrive when the sides meet in to­mor­row’s Pool C match.

Ar­gentina’s youngest side at a World Cup since 1999 will face an ex­pe­ri­enced Tonga team with a to­tal of 349 caps and the old­est av­er­age age in the tour­na­ment at 31 years and 38 days.

The Pu­mas have made seven changes from the 54-9 win over Ge­or­gia and on the first half of that match, af­ter which they led 14-9, Sánchez said: “We had prob­lems. We weren’t good in ball win­ning, line-out and scrum which are ar­eas where we draw our strength.

“The idea is to play at the same level for 80 min­utes. If we start the same way with Tonga as we did against Ge­or­gia, they’ll grow stronger be­cause they have bet­ter in­di­vid­u­als. If you close them down and put them un­der pres­sure in the for­wards you can beat them, but if you get drawn into their dis­or­der things get com­pli­cated.”

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