The match began in dramatic fashion with the opening kick bouncing loose and New Zealand barely escaping an Argentina try, a knock-on the call instead. Argentina continue to attack. New Zealand’s Vilimoni Koroi was unfortunately injured just a minute and a half in. Right after Koroi exited the field, Fernando Luna dove across the try line for Argentina’s opening score. Captain Gaston Revol connected on the simple conversion. In the sixth minute, Argentina added a second try, this time from Nicolas Menendez. It was a try built on several minutes of attacking pressure. Revol’s conversion attempt barely caromed off the goal posts. An All Blacks error ended the half with Argentina two-scores ahead.
Remarkably, Argentina entered the day in danger of being overtaken by Kenya for the second seed in the pool. Through seven minutes, Argentina stood on the cusp of topping the pool. The second half, although providing little in the way of scoring for nearly six minutes, was exciting back-and-forth rugby. New Zealand managed a tremendous intercept to prevent Argentina’s third try. From there, captain DJ powered his way to a try in the left corner to pull within seven of Argentina. When the clock struck zero, New Zealand earned a penalty and a chance for the draw. Isaac Te Tamaki reminded all watching why New Zealand has the history that it does. Koroi’s conversion attempt on full time failed to bend back in, leaving Argentina the pool champion. Argentina 12, New Zealand 10.