Hooker Julian Montoya scored a hat-trick in the first 26 minutes against Tonga. Photo: EPA/Darren England

OSAKA – Hooker Julian Montoya scored a hat-trick in the first 26 minutes as Argentina got their World Cup campaign back on track with a 28-12 victory over Tonga on Saturday that snapped a 10-match losing streak. 

The Pumas failed to turn up in the first half of their opening loss to France last week but there was to be no repeat at the Hanazono Rugby Stadium with a fourth converted try from winger Santiago Carreras quickly wrapping up the bonus point. 

 That they failed to add to their score in the second half will be of some concern, however, as the twice World Cup semi-finallists head into their clash with pool leaders England in Tokyo next weekend. 

 Tonga, who lost their first match to England, got their first two tries of the tournament through fullback Telusa Veainu either side of halftime and put in a great defensive effort to keep the Pumas out in the second half. 

Reuters