|Autumn internationals: Ireland v Argentina|
|Ireland (15) 28|
|Tries: Marmion, Aki, L McGrath Cons: Sexton 2 Pens: Sexton three|
|Argentina (14) 17|
|Try: Delguy Pens: Sanchez four|
Ireland’s bid for an autumn global blank sweep stays not off course after a 28-17 win over Argentina.
Kieran Marmion and Bundee Aki each bustled over within the first 1/2 however the Six Nations champions struggled to shake off the decided Pumas.
Fly-half Nicolas Sanchez saved the guests in competition and Bautista Delguy’s attempt was once simply the most efficient rating of a cold evening on the Aviva Stadium.
The lead modified fingers 8 occasions prior to Luke McGrath’s 66th minute-try.
In a scrappy fit, the efficiency, if now not the victory, leaves Ireland trainer Joe Schmidt with lots to paintings on forward of the consult with of New Zealand to Dublin subsequent Saturday.
A competition with actual substance
One of the tetchiest rivalries in international rugby has been constructed upon the World Cup defeats Ireland have suffered in opposition to Argentina over the previous 20 years.
At first look, the Six Nations champions seem to have the higher hand – profitable the head-to-head combat 12-6 after as of late – however 3 in their losses have come at the largest level, with Argentina two times (1999 and 2015) fighting Ireland from finishing their World Cup quarter-final curse.
That file seemed to distract the Irish avid gamers, who lacked their standard fluency in assault and within the aerial combat, and trainer Joe Schimdt might be livid with the indiscipline proven by means of his facet that allowed Sanchez to stay the guests within the sport with 4 a hit consequences.
The Pumas additionally produced the most efficient assault of the evening, a scything ruin by means of Matias Orlando within the 18th minute left Ireland’s defence scrambling backwards and the guests briefly labored the ball to wing Delguy who was once a lot too fast for 36-year-old Rory Best within the race to the nook.
Irish set-piece stands tall
Mario Ledesma’s inclusion of Jaguares 2d row Guido Petti in his again row for this sport was once a transparent marker that the Pumas had been hoping to goal the Irish line-out.
Schmidt had admitted the choice had taken him by means of wonder whilst concurrently tough that British and Irish Lions lock Iain Henderson “put his hand up” this night.
Instead, it was once the Irish scrum that supplied the platform for Ireland’s tries.
Best concept he had scored from a line-out maul however the Television Match Official was once now not satisfied, which compelled an Irish scrum simply 5 metres out which was once so dominant that Marmion had to react briefly to pounce at the free ball and dive over.
Mid-way during the first-half an enterprising Irish assault seemed to ruin down with a knock-on within the line-out however the Ireland pack received the scrum in opposition to the pinnacle and the excellent Aki burst around the line at his 2d strive as the house facet led 15-14 on the ruin.
Big alternative for Addison
Will Addison was once a final minute inclusion within the Irish group after Robbie Henshaw went down within the warm-up and the Ulster centre made probably the most of his probability.
The former England Under-20 global most effective made his Ireland debut off the bench in Chicago final week however his clever play was once pivotal right through as he struck up a excellent partnership with Aki.
The flexible again additionally helped to knit in combination the Irish assault however Argentina labored exhausting to restrict the possibilities for the likes of Keith Earls, Jacob Stockdale and Jordan Larmour.
Ultimately, Ireland failed to ruin aside Argentina’s defence from open play and it took every other scrum within the 66th minute to protected victory after Sanchez and Johnny Sexton had traded consequences.
Substitute Dan Leavy was once held up underneath the posts however once more Ireland’s five-metre scrum was once dominant and McGrath, at the box instead of Marmion, noticed a slight hole to wriggle over.
An eight-point lead allowed Ireland to assault with higher width however their ambition was once now not matched by means of issues as Sexton opted to kick a 76th-minute penalty prior to he was once known as ashore with the All Blacks in thoughts.
Ireland: Larmour; Earls, Addison, Aki, Stockdale; Sexton, Marmion; Healy, Best (capt), Furlong; Henderson (Ulster), Ryan; O’Mahony, O’Brien, Stander.
Replacements: Cronin for Best (58), McGrath for Healy (53), Porter for Furlong, Toner for I Henderson (58), Leavy for O’Brien (38), L McGrath for Marmion (57), Carbery for Sexton (76), Conway for Aki (76).
Argentina: Boffelli; Delguy, Orlando, de l. a. Fuente, Moyano; Sanchez, Cubelli; Garcia Botta, Creevy, Medrano; Alemanno, Lavanini, Matera (capt), Petti, Ortega Desio.
Replacements: Montoya for Creevy (65), Zeiss for Garcia Botta (58), Sordoni for S Medrano (72), R Bruni for Matera (70), Lezana for Petti (65), Bertranou for Cubelli (65), Diaz Bonilla for Sanchez (72), Moroni for Orlando (58).