Argentina started their November Test campaign with an impressive 54-20 win over Japan at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo.


They led 21-6 at half-time thanks to tries from Matías Moroni and Nicolás Sánchez, with Sánchez kicking three penalties and a conversion.

Yu Tamura’s two penalties had got the Brave Blossoms on the board but they were rarely in this contest as Argentina kept them out of reach.

Santiago Cordero kicked off the second-half scoring with a 42nd minute try before Moroni crossed for his second seven minutes later in Tokyo.

Finally Japan’s fans had something to cheer on 52 minutes when powerful number eight Amanaki Lelei Mafi crossed to make it 35-13. However, Sánchez and Cordero then scored near the hour mark before replacement scrum-half Tomás Cubelli went over to extend the scoreline to 54-13.

A late try from Japan wing Lomano Lava Lemeki, converted by Tamura, was the final act as Argentina now travel to Europe full of confidence.

The scorers:

For Japan:
Tries: Mafi, Lemeki
Cons: Tamura 2
Pens: Tamura 2

For Argentina:
Tries: Moroni 2, Sánchez 2, Cordero 2, Cubelli
Cons: Sánchez 5
Pens: Sánchez 3

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