Ireland 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.
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.
What a game, what an atmosphere. It certainly reminded us how great Irish rugby can be after Ireland’s poor performance against the Kiwis last week.
If you missed the game or want to relive the best bits watch the video below.
A poor performance by Ireland was partially masked by a unusually error-ridden New Zealand team who seemed to take their foot of the pedal with 20 minutes to go.
Ireland’s defence was possibly one of the few positives created during the match however even this looked week out wide.
The penalty try was certainly controversial at the very least however was not a reason for a lacklustre second half.
We can only hope that lessons will be learned for next weeks match against Argentina.
Kick-off: 17:15 – Saturday 8 November
Venue: Thomond Park
Ireland will kick of their string of friendlies against Canada in the recently renovated Thomond Park. The match should provide a great opportunity to for coach Declan Kidney to hand out a few new caps in the form of Ryan Cladwell and Keith Earls.
Ireland: Earls; Bowe, O’Driscoll, capt, Fitzgerald, Kearney; O’Gara, Reddan; Horan, Flannery, Buckley, O’Callaghan, O’Connell, Ferris, Jennings, Heaslip.
Replacements (from): R Best, Hayes, Caldwell, Quinlan, D Wallace, P Wallace, Stringer, Horgan.
Ireland were unable to retain the triple crown for a third year running after a slow burning loss against Wales. There was a tense atmosphere in Croke park which allowed Ireland to stumble into the lead at half-time. Throughout, the Welsh defense looked impenetrable and it proved to be so as Ireland could not manage to muster a try. There seemed to be a lack of energy in the Irish team and also a lack of game plan. We can only hope that Ireland improve before they take on the English in the final match of the 2008 Six Nations.
We hope Brian will be fit for next week’s match however the injury puts his starting place in doubt.
London Wasps 24 -23 Munster
In a gripping game Munster were edged out by defending champions London Wasps. Rua Tipoki’s converted try gave Munster an early lead with Shaun Payne’s try further extending Munster’s lead to 20-13 at half time. The wasps were clearly stung and came out in the second half with intent to ruin any early celebrations.