Joe Schmidt Names Irish Team To Face Argentina

Carrie Guzman
November 11, 2018

Ireland's error-strewn first half was salvaged by a dominant scrum that served up tries for scrum-half Kieran Marmion and centre Bundee Aki either side of a Bautista Delguy effort for the more risky Argentines. "We had to dig really deep", man-of-the-match James Ryan said in a pitchside interview.

Bautista Delguy's slick score, combined with four Nicolas Sanchez penalties, kept Argentina in touch as the hosts were made to work hard before earning a record tenth home win in a row.

Johne Murphy believes it's important for Ireland but certainly not crucial ahead of next year's World Cup in the land of the rising sun.

Their lineout struggled at times but the scrum was dominant and the replacements demonstrated what squad depth has been developed under Schmidt by impressing in the second half.

The Tullow native's last Ireland appearance came against the same opposition at the end of the November window a year ago.

"They're nervous about Argentina and how good they are".

"Yeah, I think that's the strongest pack that we have", began O'Driscoll, referring to a forward line containing the likes of Tadhg Furlong, Peter O'Mahony and CJ Stander.

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"But that's a good way for us to try to cope and test ourselves against a really good side, which we know Argentina are".

"I'm scarred by them from 99 and 07, so they've been a team that have consistently upset us in big games".

"It will be really tough next week, we are going to have to go and make it happen, it's not just going to come to us".

"The Argentines would probably be, to a degree, a little bit more combative at the ruck than some of the other teams who tend to let a fair few rucks go and then suddenly they'll have a crack and turn you over".

Ireland stormed back and such was their confidence of getting the better of the Pumas forwards Jonathan Sexton rejected going for goal on two occasions, opting for touch instead.

The 31-year-old - one of the stand-out players of the British & Irish Lions' 1-1 Test series draw with world champions New Zealand last year - went off with his face creased in agony and then sat on the sidelines for the second period in what was his first Test in nearly a year. "You want to play against the best teams in the world and have a shot at them".

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