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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 September 2007, 20:50 GMT 21:50 UK

Argentina 63-3 Namibia


By Charlie Henderson

2142: FULL-TIME Argentina 63-3 Namibia
One-sided indeed. Argentina climb back on top of Pool D and will go into the big match against Ireland next Sunday in good confidence. The Irish need to score four tries and win by more than seven points to reach the quarter-finals - assuming France do the business against Georgia. Namibia also have a big match this week against Georgia on Wednesday. That is their final and should be worth tuning in for.

"Let's try and stay positive. The Irish team owe all of us a decent display and I believe we will get it."
brigal on 606

80 mins: First part done. The Namibian forwards win the lineout. Second part not done. The Namibian backs knock on as they look to spin it wide and that is just about it.

79 mins: Penalty to Namibia and they kick for the corner to the massive delight of the Stade Velodrome crowd. Everyone is cheering for a Namibian score.

78 mins: Good defence from Heini Bock who slides back to gather a kick ahead. The Namibian full-back is the smallest man in the tournament at 5'3".

77 mins: Manuel Contepomi has to check in midfield to take a pass which is behind him. That slows Argentina's progress. Perhaps they won't get into double figures on the try front after all.

75 mins: Seven phases so far for Argentina. Try number 10 must be coming soon.

72 mins: Morne Schreuder looks to double Namibia's score with a monster drop goal. This isn't the high veldt and the ball won't fly that far on the muggy Riviera. It falls short.

70 mins: TRY & CONVERSION Argentina 63-3 Namibia
Federico Todeschini gets a grubber away which sits up nicely for Gonzalo Tiesi and catches covering defender Morne Schreuder on the hop. Tiesi gathers and releases to the supporting Todeschini who scoots over and adds the extras.

"I feel sick now. This really demonstrates how far behind Ireland have gone. I wonder if Eddie O'Sullivan and the others within the IRFU know what they are doing?"
MGBC22 on 606

66 mins: Namibia are not in the Argentine 22 any more, although when they were there they did win some messy lineout ball against the throw.

65 mins: Stop the press. Namibia are in the Argentine 22.

62 mins: TRY & CONVERSION Argentina 56-3 Namibia
Real officious officiating from Stuart Dickinson who awards a penalty try as the Namibians pop up as they back pedal under the weight of pressure at scrum time. Two seconds more and Juan Manuel Leguizamon would have been picking up off the base for a hat-trick. The crowd vent their feelings with a cacophony of high-pitched whistling. You've got to love the French. Replacement Federico Todeschini adds two more points to the rout.

61 mins: Namibia threaten to break, but they are pulled back for an earlier knock-on. Argentina opt for a scrum five metres out. Merciless.

60 mins: Argentina are beginning to ring the changes as we go into the final quarter.

59 mins: Namibia may be haemorrhaging points, but someone's put a tourniquet on 606 which is now as quiet as the text service on 81111. Just me, myself and I then.

57 mins: TRY Argentina 49-3 Namibia
The ball is worked through the backs. When Argentina are pulled up short of the line it is quickly recycled and popped out on the blindside where there's a three-on-one overlap. Ignacio Corleto scores his second of the night. Felipe Contepomi isn't having the best of games with the boot, although a lot of his conversion attempts are from out wide.

56 mins: Namibia lose the ball at the lineout with a scrappy tap back and here come Argentina again.

54 mins: TRY Argentina 44-3 NamibiaTap penalty from Agustin Pichot five metres out and the ball is swept left to right along the backs for Gonzalo Tiesi to slide over in space. All too easy, although the conversion isn't. Felipe Contepomi pushes it wide.

51 mins: TRY & CONVERSION Argentina 39-3 Namibia
Argentina were only momentarily held up and Juan Manuel Leguizman powers over from close range through another inviting gap in the Namibian defence. Easy points for Felipe Contepomi off the kicking tee.

50 mins: Argentina go long at the lineout deep in Namibia territory. Lovely. Super take by Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe who taps down to forwards peeling off the front to the tail, but they are held up on the line.

48 mins: A jet-heeled Argentina break down the left with quick hands and plentiful support, but there was a knock-on in there and Horacio Agulla's delight at going over in the corner is short-lived.

44 mins: TRY & CONVERSION Argentina 32-3 Namibia
Felipe Comtepomi glides through a gaping gap in the 10 channel and touches down under the posts which makes for the easiest of conversions. That was the bonus-point try.

"So all we need is to thump Argentina, well OK then, as long as they aren't as good as mmmmm let's see... someone like... Namibia? Oh yeah, sorry, that's who Argentina are thumping now. Damn it!"
irishhoneymonster on 606

43 mins: Penalty for Argentina and captain Agustin Pichot opts for the kick to touch. No surprise there with Namibia rocking and rolling on the ropes.

41 mins: Fast and furious resumption from Argentina who are flying up the left. That flying break comes to an abrupt, crashing end as Ignacio Corleto balloons a pass over Horacio Agulla and into touch.

2057: Namibia start the second half with their skipper Kees Lensing on. Like South Africa earlier today, the Africans have been forced to turn to the bench.

2053: The focus on 606 is all about Ireland and what this means for them. It is succinctly summed up by Nicksandsocks with Argentina needing just one more try for a bonus-point win...

"Looks like it's a four-try victory by more than seven points for us to go through against the Pumas. St Jude, the patron saint of lost causes will be getting some business in the next few days."

LatvianAllBlacksFan has worked through the permutations which has saved us a job, so thanks for that. Have a look if you're sweating over it all with an abacus in hand...

All quiet on the Saturday night texting front.

40 mins: HALF-TIME Argentina 25-3 Namibia
Think we've seen the real Argentina in the closing stages of the 40 after that stale, stymied opening. Going at the rate of those 12 points in the last five minutes the Pumas will be in three figures come the final whistle.

37 mins: TRY & CONVERSION Argentina 25-3 Namibia
Argentina have found their feet and a sweeping move ends with Manuel Contepomi sliding over in the left corner. Agustin Pichot is setting the tempo for his team and it is relentless. The blue-booted Felipe Contepomi slots from the touchline. Nice. A family affair there.

35 mins: TRY Argentina 18-3 Namibia
Number eight Juan Manuel Leguizamon, who's also sporting yellow boots, picks up from the base of the scrum, goes blind and steps inside and over the line. Felipe Contepomi drills the conversion attempt high into the black Marseille sky and wide of the right upright.

34 mins: The Pumas are putting the squeeze on their opponents and with repeated penalties opt for the scrum each time. Namibian legs must be spitting with anger at the effort of keeping the Argentine eight at bay.

33 mins: Argentina murder Namibia in the scrum. Walking through them and powering forward against a rapidly retreating eight. Namibia scramble the ball to safety.

32 mins: The yellow-booted Ignacio Corleto is a great sight in full flow, long locks flowing behind as he motors forward, and that is just what he's doing as he comes in on a scissors move. The full-back races towards the line but is hauled down 10 metres short.

30 mins: Another score before the break? Maybe not with handling like that. Loose from Argentina. A fumbled pass from Gonzalo Tiesi does for them in the three-quarters.

"If Namibia can keep it to just one try until HT, then it's job done for the half."
RebelArmyRedDevil on 606
No chance. There must be more to come before the interval.

27 mins: Felipe Contepomi slips through an attempted tackle from Morne Schreuder, straightens his line and threatens to accelerate away before being scragged and knocking on.

25 mins: TRY & CONVERSION Argentina 13-3 Namibia
Namibia are on the rack, their defence is stretched to breaking and in due course snaps as Argentina's forwards drive over. Patricio Albacete is the man who comes up with the ball and Felipe Contepomi adds the conversion to give the Pumas a 10-point advantage.

23 mins: Are Argentina looking to slip into a higher gear. Three maybe. They seem to be upping the tempo a touch.

21 mins: Namibia number eight Tinus du Plessis goes blind off the back of a scrum on halfway and releases wing Deon Mouton on a short stepping, dancing run. Good feet from the 14. He'd give John Travolta a run for his money in 'Saturday Night Fever' with movement like that.

20 mins: PENALTY Argentina 6-3 Namibia
Argentina don't leave the opposing 22 without something though. Felipe Contepomi slots an easy kick from in front of the posts and the Pumas lead for the first time with a quarter of the game gone.

19 mins: Namibia repel three rumbling forward drives on their line before Argentina opt to fling it out to the backs. Felipe Contepomi pushes a grubber kick past the on-rushing Namibian defence, but brother Manuel can't touch the ball down.

17 mins: Morne Schreuder sends a touch finder long for a second time. That sweet spot's sweet when he finds it. Too sweet.

16 mins: An Argentina lineout looks a bit wonky but goes unchecked. The Pumas don't build on that oversight and are going through the motions at the moment. Maybe they're happy to bide their time until the Namibians tire. They will.

13 mins: Sit back and relax. No opening try to report. Argentina cough up the pill as Namibia hold firm and clear.

12 mins: Argentina steal the ball from the lineout in the 22. Get set for an opening try.

11 mins: Morne Schreuder looks to pin back the Pumas but overcooks his kick which arrows out on the full down by the corner flag. Argentina pounce on the error and Agustin Pichot dibble-dobbles a kick into touch on the left.

9 mins: PENALTY Argentina 3-3 Namibia
A chance for Argentina to square things up and Felipe Contepomi makes no mistake from in front of the posts.

"Sitting at work hoping against hope our Namibian friends will do us a favour."
Nicksandsocks on 606
Welcome to the party my Irish friend. Don't lose the hope.

6 mins: PENALTY Argentina 0-3 Namibia
Not bad at all. Morne Schreuder slots a penalty from the right to give the blue clad Africans an early advantage. The French in the crowd are lapping it up.

5 mins: What of the rugby? Not bad from Namibia.

3 mins: The Welwitschia is a desert plant.

2 mins: Apologies for the teams being delivered for your delectation a touch after time. They make bad reading for fans of the Welwitschias... that's Namibia if you didn't already know. The best players are on the bench as they keep their powder dry ahead of Wednesday's big match against Georgia.

Argentina: Corleto, Senillosa, Pedro Tiesi, M. Contepomi, Agulla, F. Contepomi, Pichot, Roncero, Basualdo, Hasan, C. Fernandez Lobbe, Albacete, Ostiglia, Martin Hernandez, Leguizamon.
Replacements: Ledesma, Scelzo, Kairelis, Longo Elia, Fernandez Miranda, Todeschini, Miras.
Namibia: Bock, Mouton, Grobler, Powell, Africa, Schreuder, Jantjies, Redelinghuys, Meyer, Visser, Kazombiaze, Esterhuize, MacKenzie, Burger, du Plessis.
Replacements: Horn, Lensing, Lindvelt, Senekal, van Tonder, Langenhoven, van Zyl.

2000: Australian Stuart Dickinson is the man in the middle and his whistle signals the start of things at Marseille's Stade Velodrome.

1957: Hard to find two contrasting anthems. The Namibian one is as downbeat as Argentina's is stirring.

1956: Happy days. We have pictures and sound. Ouch. The Argentine XV are singing their national anthem distinctly off key. Maybe just pictures would be better.

1955: Could be interesting coverage of this Pool D game as tracking down pictures is proving incredibly hard for some of the brightest brains in the business... and some of the dimmest.

1953: And if you're out and about living it up in your glad rags on a Saturday night lighten up our lives with news about what keyboard-bound BBC desk monkeys are missing out on out in the real world.

1949: But we've thought other matches at this tournament would end up with a lop-sided look so you never know. Well, maybe you do. Get involved on 606 and let us know how you think things are going to pan out.

1945: Saturday's earlier World Cup matches have been described as "thrilling" and "absorbing" on the BBC Sport website. Argentina against Namibia probably won't live up to that as it is set to be one-sided.

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