Ireland 17 – 3 Argentina

Argentina Rugby LogoIreland have secured their position as 8th in the rugby playing world, this all important position and result now means that Ireland will be better positioned when the 2011 rugby world cup pools are announced in December.

It certainly wasn’t Ireland at their best but a significant improvement from the New Zealand game. Critically Ireland kept their cool against an Argentinian side who was willing to rile a packed Croke Park with late challenges and swinging knuckles against the home side.

The forwards exerted enough pressure to control the pumas pack with Paul O’Connell leading the charge on numerous occasions. Defensively Ireland looked strong down the middle however did seem to lack a touch of creativity to break the Argentinian line.

We now look forward to France and the Six Nations on the 7th February.

Team:
G Murphy; T Bowe, B O’Driscoll, L Fitzgerald, R Kearney; R O’Gara, T O’Leary; M Horan, J Flannery (R Best 14), J Hayes, D O’Callaghan,P O’Connell, S Ferris, D Wallace (D Ryan 77), J Heaslip.

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