Pumas get the job done
Irakli Abuseridze of Georgia passes during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Argentina and Georgia at Arena Manawatu on October 2, 2011 in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
( October 1, 2011 - Photo by Teaukura Moetaua/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Argentina laboured to a 25-7 win over Georgia at Arena Manawatu in Palmerston North on Sunday, to book their place in the World Cup quarter-finals.
Any hope Scotland may have had of sneaking into the last eight through the back door, was shut in their face following the Pumas' three tries to one victory in Pool B.
As the scoreline reflects, Georgia put up a brave fight and at times another World Cup upset looked on the cards - especially after leading Argentina by two points (5-7) at half-time.
However, the South Americans scored 20 unanswered points after the break that included a 67th minute try to skipper Felipe Contepomi and another by replacement Agustín Gosio on the stroke of full-time to put the result beyond doubt.
But whilst Argentina march on to face the injury-hit All Blacks in next weekend's knockout clash, the Georgians leave New Zealand with their pride intact.
Man of the match: Pumas loose forward Juan Manuel Leguizamón was a tireless figure for 80 minutes.
Argentina v NZ
Argentina finishes 3-1
Georgia finishes 1-3