Argentina roared past Georgia in the second half ©Getty Images

Argentina stormed away in the second half to beat Georgia 54-9 at the Rugby World Cup in Gloucester today.

The Pumas were looking for their first win at England 2015 after an opening defeat to New Zealand but, despite being strong favourites, they faced determined opposition at Kingsholm and only had a 14-9 lead at half-time.

However, a yellow card to Georgian Mamuka Gorgodze, given for a high tackle, proved to be crucial as Argentina used the time he was in the sin-bin shortly after the re-start to run in three swift tries which turned the game in their favour.

Nicolas Sanchez kicked a drop goal to give the Argentinians an early 3-0 lead and they bagged their first try when a fine passing move was finished off by Tomas Lavanini.

Santiago Cordero dives over for an Argentinian try at Kingsholm
Santiago Cordero dives over for an Argentinian try at Kingsholm ©Getty Images

Sanchez missed the conversion and Georgia got themselves up and running with two Merab Kvirikashvili penalties, which brought the score back to 8-6.

The two kickers then traded penalties before Sanchez added another close to the interval – with Argentina going in only 14-9 up against a Georgia side who had impressed when beating Tonga earlier in the tournament.

It looked all to play for in the second half but Gorgodze's removal from the field set the scene for carnage as Tomas Cubelli, Juan Imhoff and Santiago Cordero all crossed for tries in a blistering ten minute spell.

Sanchez added the extras on all three occasions to leave Argentina 35-9 in front with a bonus point for four tries to their name.

There was brief respite for Georgia until the final ten minutes when the Pumas turned on the after-burners and well and truly buried their opponents with a further three tries.

Martin Landajo dotted down the first before Cordero and Imhoff added their second tries to the tally.

Marcelo Bosch took over conversion duties and put two of his three kicks over the posts.  

Argentina are now best placed to join New Zealand in the knock-out stages from Pool C.

Related stories
September 2015: 
Holders New Zealand breeze past Namibia to maintain winning start to Rugby World Cup
September 2015: Japan can't cause a second shock as Scotland begin Rugby World Cup campaign with victory
September 2015: James leads list of Welsh inductees into World Rugby Hall of Fame
September 2015: Wales thrash Uruguay but have more injury concerns at Rugby World Cup
September 2015: Japan stun South Africa at Rugby World Cup in Brighton