RUGBY WORLD CUP: Argentina are a match for any team insists coach Daniel Hourcade

Argentina's Leonardo Senatore scores a try against Namibia
Argentina's Leonardo Senatore scores a try against Namibia

Head coach Daniel Hourcade believes Argentina have the firepower to worry anyone as the Rugby World Cup enters the knockout stages.

The Pumas completed Pool C with a nine-try, 64-19 win over Namibia at Leicester City Stadium and have scored more points than holders New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Wales in their first four games.

Ireland or France will provide the opposition in the last eight, but Hourcade is unfazed by whoever the Pumas face.

“We have the weapons we need to go against our rivals,” Hourcade said.

“Ireland play in the northern hemisphere and play that way, but they’ve got some characteristics from the southern hemisphere, so they play a bit differently, very dynamic.

“We feel comfortable with that, because we’re used to that sort of game.

“With France we may need to fight more in the breakdowns.”

The Pumas’ free-scoring since the opening loss to the All Blacks - against Georgia, Tonga and Namibia - has resulted in their points-for tally, but Hourcade is confident if a tighter game is needed in the knockout stages.

“We can work an open game or a closed game,” he said.

“The statistics are not very relevant, but scoring points is good because it shows our intention.

“Our team always tries to create things and we’ve managed to do that with all our opponents (so far).

“We’re looking for a dynamic game, a game that we feel comfortable with.

“On the pitch the game hurts our rivals. That’s one of our strengths.

“The attack was not as aggressive as it should have been (against Namibia).”