Argentina are set to play a decisive match against Argentina after a hard-fought 28-22 victory over an undisciplined Samoan side in Toulouse on Thursday, a result which confirmed England as Pool D winners.
Pieter Labuschagne, Michael Leitch and Kazuki Himeno all scored tries, with Rikiya Matsuda adding 13 early points to give the Japanese a more comfortable victory than the scoreline would suggest, propelling their opponents into second place in Pool D with nine points.
Samoa, who received a red card for Ben Lam early in the second half and responded with tries from Seilala Lam, Duncan Paia’aua and Christian Leali’ifano as well as early points by Alai D’Angelo Leila and Leali’ifano are third. on six points.
With 14 points, England cannot finish outside the top two. Fourth-placed Argentina are expected to add to their four points when they meet Chile on Saturday before a possible decider against Japan in the final round of group matches.