September 28, 2019 / 6:45 AM / 20 days ago

Rugby-Montoya scores early hat-trick as Argentina down Tonga

    OSAKA, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Hooker Julian Montoya scored a
hat-trick in the first 26 minutes as Argentina got their World
Cup campaign back on track with a 28-12 victory over Tonga on
Saturday that snapped a 10-match losing streak.  
    The Pumas failed to turn up in the first half of their
opening loss to France last week but there was to be no repeat
at the Hanazono Rugby Stadium with a fourth converted try from
winger Santiago Carreras quickly wrapping up the bonus point.
    That they failed to add to their score in the second half
will be of some concern, however, as the twice World Cup
semi-finallists head into their clash with pool leaders England
in Tokyo next weekend.     
    Tonga, who lost their first match to England, got their
first two tries of the tournament through fullback Telusa Veainu
either side of halftime and put in a great defensive effort to
keep the Pumas out in the second half.

 (Writing by Nick Mulvenney in Tokyo, editing by Sudipto
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