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Argentina celebrates a call. Photo: AFP

RUGBY WORLD CUP | Live scoring: Argentina v Samoa

Keep track of all the live scoring as Argentina tackle Samoa in what should be an entertaining Rugby World Cup game on Friday.

Pumas Rugby World Cup

Argentina celebrates a call. Photo: AFP

By the time this Rugby World Cup match kicks off in Saint-Étienne on Friday, 13 days will have passed since Argentina’s last outing – the 27-10 loss to England in Marseille.

Coach Michael Cheika will have spent a good deal of that time working to improve the Pumas’ discipline and attacking game for this match against Samoa – one they now cannot afford to lose.

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He has made three changes to his starting XV, with Eduardo Bello coming into the front-row, Guido Petti into the second-row, and Matías Moroni into the midfield. 

Samoa, meanwhile, are second in Pool D after their 43-10 win over Chile. Their relatively short turnaround compared to Argentina leaves coach Vaovasamanaia Seilala Mapusua facing a different set of issues.

He too has made three changes to his starting XV. Paul Alo-Emile comes into the front-row, Brian Alainu’u’ese into the second-row, and Ben Lam onto the wing.

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FIXTURE: Argentina v Samoa

GROUND: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne (41,965)

KICK-OFF: 17:45 local time (GMT+2)

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Nic Berry (Australia). This is Berry’s second Rugby World Cup in France. In 2007, he was playing scrum-half for French side Racing Métro and got involved in the tournament as a fan.

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ARGENTINA Juan Cruz Mallia; Emiliano Boffelli, Matías Moroni, Santiago Chocobares, Mateo Carreras; Santiago Carreras, Gonzalo Bertranou; Thomas Gallo, Julian Montoya (captain), Eduardo Bello; Guido Petti Pagadizabal, Matias Alemanno; Pablo Matera, Marcos Kremer, Juan Martin Gonzalez 

Replacements: Agustín Creevy, Mayco Vivas, Francisco Gómez Kodela, Pedro Rubiolo, Rodrigo Bruni, Tomas Cubelli, Nicolas Sanchez, Lucio Cinti  

SAMOA Duncan Paia’aua; Nigel Ah-Wong, Ulupano Junior Seuteni, Tumua Manu, Ben Lam; Christian Leali’ifano, Jonathan Taumateine; James Lay, Seilala Lam, Paul Alo-Emile; Brian Alainu’u’ese, Chris Vui (captain); Theo McFarland, Fritz Lee, Steven Luatua

Replacements: Sama Malolo, Charlie Faumuina, Michael Alaalatoa, Taleni Junior Agaese Seu, Sa Jordan Taufua, Melani Matavao, Alai D’Angelo Leuila, Danny Toala