Pumas beat Italy 31-15, end 7-test losing run

November 18, 2017

Italy's Ian McKinley runs with the ball during the rugby test match between Italy and Argentina at the Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence, Italy, Saturday Nov. 18, 2017. (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA via AP)

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Argentina ended a seven-match losing streak in beating Italy 31-15 with a strong second half in their rugby test on Saturday.

The Pumas scored the only try in the first hour, trailed 9-8 at halftime, and led only 17-15 after the first 60 minutes. But in the last 10 minutes they scored converted tries to flanker Marcos Kremer and fullback Joaquin Tuculet.

Flyhalf Nicholas Sanchez kicked 13 points in the Pumas’ second win this year.

Carlo Canna kicked over four penalties for Italy, and scrumhalf Marcello Violi added a dropped goal, his side’s last points.

When Kremer was pushed over, Argentina finally took control, and wrapped a seventh straight win over Italy since 2008.

Next Saturday, Argentina visits Ireland, and Italy hosts South Africa.

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