Argentina 64 – 19 Namibia
It ended up as loose as a loose thing, but for much of the game Namibia made the Argies grind it out. Big collisions, a lot of side to side. But when it got loose, the Pumas’ running and passing was sublime, sliding through the smallest of gaps, ambitious offloads and sticky hands.
The Namibians fed on scraps for their three tries, but that’s the point. They looked for the scraps, right up to the 82nd minute when they got their last. A satisfying way to finish their Cup off, and they gave the conversion attempt to a retiring front-rower who dutifully made a hash of it. And laughed, and everyone slapped his back. That’s the spirit.
The Argies paraded around the ground afterwards in good humour, applauding their thousands of raucous supporters gathered in Leicester. Clearly there is a belief in the squad and their fans that they are contenders this time.
Maybe, although there is nothing to be read from this game that would say so either way. Except, maybe, that they certainly have the skill to attack from depth if they need to. If they get into a desperate place.
If they are a cornered big cat, they have the claws.