Argentina wary of Tonga ‘disorder’
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.”