Joe Schmidt Names Irish Team To Face Argentina

Joe Schmidt Names Irish Team To Face Argentina

A sloppy Ireland put a poor first period behind them to emerge 28-17 winners over Argentina in an unconvincing warm-up to next week's meeting of the world's top two teams when the All Blacks visit Dublin.

The visitors were bright throughout the match, but once again let done by some ill-discipline and scrum issues, which the home side punished.

A scrappy Ireland continued to struggle with the wet ball in hand but were in total control when they kept it tight up front and a dominant scrum again served up a try-scoring opportunity that was ruthlessly gobbled up by centre Bundee Aki.

But sometimes sport isn't fair, plagued with injuries Ireland looked like a shell of the team that won the Six Nations a few months prior as Argentina ripped them apart. Nicolas Sanchez stepped up and he made no mistake to give his side a 0-3 lead after just three minutes.

The spark Ireland needed from the fresh faces earned Sexton shots at goal: One from long-range fell under the crossbar but the next one went over, and Ireland had the lead for good, though not with any confidence until McGrath scored. "From a defensive point of view, that was probably the most comfortable we've been against Australia".

Leavy made up for it with a fantastic turnover, but Sexton's attempt to kick in behind was off as the frustration grew around the Aviva.

Schmidt acknowledges too that Ledesma knows the Irish players better due to his experience of playing in the northern hemisphere and is not surprised the former hooker is making waves in the coaching arena.

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Sexton kicked a penalty in the final five minutes to all but seal the game for the hosts.

Marmion, Bundee Aki and Luke McGrath scored Ireland's tries as the Six Nations champions started their November campaign-proper with a win over the stubborn Pumas.

Argentina -Try: Bautista Delguy.

Schmidt is expected to name a front-row of Jack McGrath, captain Best and Furlong, while there is a battle to start in the second-row with Iain Henderson and James Ryan likely to get the nod, with Devin Toner and Tadhg Beirne pushing hard for selection.

Schmidt admitted Ireland will have to adapt on the fly to Petti's addition to the back-row that certainly bolsters a physical Pumas pack's lineout function.

Subs: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 18 Lucio Sordoni, 19 Rodrigo Bruni, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 23 Matias Moroni.

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