2019 Rugby World Cup – Argentina vs Tonga Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Argentina vs Tonga taking place? Saturday 28th September, 2019 – 05:45 (UK)

Where is Argentina vs Tonga taking place? Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashiosaka City

What is the expected weather for Argentina vs Tonga? 16c in mostly cloudy skies

What television channel is Argentina vs Tonga on in the UK? This match will be televised live on ITV 1

Where can I stream Argentina vs Tonga? This match can be streamed via ITV Hub

Where can I get tickets for Argentina vs Tonga? https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/tickets

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting: Argentina 45-16 Tonga

THE TEAM NEWS

ARGENTINA

  • Argentina suffered an agonising defeat against France as Emiliano Boffelli's 79th minute penalty to win the game failed to hit the target and that miss could well turn out to be crucial come the end of the pool stage.

  • The Pumas are likely to opt for a similar side that went down to France although some players may be promoted from the bench after a much-improved effort after the break which saw them win the second half 18-3.

  • Matias Moroni will be a relieved man after the Argentina winger avoided suspension despite being cited for an act of foul play when he pulled an opponent’s hair against France with a warning the only punishment he received.

TONGA

  • Tonga put up a solid display against England and although they were never likely to claim victory in a game that they only managed to score three points, they can build on that effort which saw them frustrate their opponents for long periods.

  • The Tongans will once again have to make the game scrappy and will look to the likes of Zane Kapeli to have a big impact with the flanker making himself known to Billy Vunipola in Tonga’s opening game thanks a shuddering hit on England’s number eight.

  • Tonga have been forced into drafting in an injury replacement after fly-half Kurt Morath suffered a tournament-ending injury against England with Latimue Fosita coming into the squad whilst winger Nafi Tuitavake is also on his way home after breaking an arm.

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THE PREDICTION

Argentina will have to dust themselves down from their disappointing loss to France in which they pushed the French all the way thanks to a big second half effort. Their poor first half showing ultimately cost them and that result means they will almost certainly have to beat England to stand a chance of qualifying. They will relish the physical nature of this contest against Tonga and whilst it could be a scrappy game early on, the Pumas should be able to come out on top.

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