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Saturday 10 November 2018, 1:30pm EST

Ireland v Argentina

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  • FT
  • Penalty GoalJohnny Sexton
  • ConversionJohnny Sexton
  • TRY!Luke McGrath
  • Penalty GoalJohnny Sexton
  • Penalty GoalNicolas Sanchez
  • HT
  • Penalty GoalJohnny Sexton
  • Penalty GoalNicolas Sanchez
  • ConversionJohnny Sexton
  • TRY!Bundee Aki
  • TRY!Bautista Delguy
  • Penalty GoalNicolas Sanchez
  • TRY!Kieran Marmion
  • Penalty GoalNicolas Sanchez
  • KO


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Player Stats
Defenders beaten
Clean breaks
Turnovers conceded
Turnovers won
Missed tackles
Ireland T C P
15 Jordan Larmour 0 0 0
14 Keith Earls 0 0 0
13 Will Addison 0 0 0
12 Bundee Aki 1 0 0
11 Jacob Stockdale 0 0 0
10 Johnny Sexton 0 2 3
9 Kieran Marmion 1 0 0
1 Cian Healy 0 0 0
2 Rory Best 0 0 0
3 Tadhg Furlong 0 0 0
4 Iain Henderson 0 0 0
5 James Ryan 0 0 0
6 Peter O'Mahony 0 0 0
7 Sean O'Brien 0 0 0
8 CJ Stander 0 0 0
16 Sean Cronin 0 0 0
17 Jack McGrath 0 0 0
18 Andrew Porter 0 0 0
19 Devin Toner 0 0 0
20 Dan Leavy 0 0 0
21 Luke McGrath 1 0 0
22 Joey Carbery 0 0 0
23 Andrew Conway 0 0 0
Argentina T C P
15 Emiliano Boffelli 0 0 0
14 Bautista Delguy 1 0 0
13 Matias Orlando 0 0 0
12 Jeronimo De La Fuente 0 0 0
11 Ramiro Moyano 0 0 0
10 Nicolas Sanchez 0 0 4
9 Tomas Cubelli 0 0 0
1 Santiago Garcia Botta 0 0 0
2 Agustin Creevy 0 0 0
3 Santiago Medrano 0 0 0
4 Matias Alemanno 0 0 0
5 Tomas Lavanini 0 0 0
6 Pablo Matera 0 0 0
7 Guido Petti Pagadizaval 0 0 0
8 Javier Ortega Desio 0 0 0
16 Julian Montoya 0 0 0
17 Juan Pablo Zeiss 0 0 0
18 Lucio Sordoni 0 0 0
19 Rodrigo Bruni 0 0 0
20 Tomas Lezana 0 0 0
21 Gonzalo Bertranou 0 0 0
22 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla 0 0 0
23 Matias Moroni 0 0 0


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  • That's all from this hard-fought Ireland win. Thanks for joining us and, until next time, goodbye!
  • So plenty of positives for Argentina, but Ireland get the win and now they can build towards that meeting with the All Blacks. They will have to improve on this performance.
  • Ireland were given a scare for an hour, but they had too much for Argentina in the end. Marmion, Aki and Luke McGrath crossed for the hosts, with Delguy scoring the Pumas' sole try. The battle between Sexton and Sanchez was an intriguing one.
  • FULL-TIME: Ireland 28 Argentina 17
  • The final play is going to see Ireland put the ball into a scrum. It has been hard work, but they have beaten the Pumas.
  • Magnificent from O'Mahony! He comes out with the ball in his hands and smashes it downfield, with several Ireland players haring after it. Argentina have the ball but they are deep in their own territory.
  • With Sanchez off and Argentina 11 points down, Diaz Bonilla kicks to touch rather than going for the posts after a Jack McGrath foul. The Pumas need a quick score.
  • That's Sexton's last involvement. Carbery is on. Conway also comes in. Petti returns for Argentina.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY! That should be that! Sexton makes it from the centre of the pitch and Ireland are 28-17 up. Argentina surely cannot come back from this. Some much-needed gloss is added to the scoreboard from an Irish point of view.
  • Some really lovely passing from Ireland on the right has Argentina bewildered, before the hosts move back inside. Another foul, another penalty kick for Sexton.
  • Sordoni and Diaz Bonilla come in for Argentina. Ireland have the ball again, though.
  • Ireland were almost there! And then Stander's loose pass gifts Argentina the ball. The Pumas are looking to play the ball out, chasing this game. They don't believe this is gone just yet. It's 25-17 to Ireland still.
  • Here Ireland go again. Sexton kicks for the lineout five metres out...
  • Ireland are building momentum now, but a loose pass sees the play brought back for a penalty. Aki looks to be in discomfort. The medical staff are working on his ankle.
  • Much better from Sexton who, no longer needing to chase a try, has the sense to switch the ball to the right for a lineout. That relieves the pressure that looked to be building.
  • Conversion
    CONVERTED! It's simple for Sexton at close range. 25-17 to Ireland.
  • Try
    TRY! Now they're over! It's Luke McGrath! Argentina take a gamble and leave space for McGrath, who darts through and Ireland have a healthy lead now. 23-17 before the kick.
  • Ireland win it and Leavy looks to be there... Just short! Ireland are nearly there now. Surely a try at this stage would be enough to pull clear of Argentina.
  • Larmour is forced wide on the right and the ball is into touch. Argentina have the lineout, but they are not far from their own try line. They take a risk with a trio of switches: Montoya, Bertranou and Lezana are on.
  • Ireland are taking their time, but they are inside the 22...
  • Stockdale launches the ball long and he takes a hit. He's soon back in the game as Ireland look to pen Argentina in in their own half.
  • A double change for both sides. Best and Henderson are off for Cronin and Toner. Argentina also bring Zeiss and Moroni on for Botta and Boffelli and they are pushing again.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY! The roar goes up! So do the flags! Sexton gets it. Ireland have the lead again. Can they finally pull clear of Argentina?
  • Luke McGrath is on for Marmion, while Ireland have a penalty. Marmion is struggling after one of those huge tackles.
  • Again Ireland work the ball nicely, but Earls is left with no room and darts inside to find a crowd of Argentina players. The hits are going in hard as Argentina look to keep Ireland out.
  • Really nice play from Sexton, trading passes in the middle of the pitch, but Earls, the beneficiary, is soon surrounded once more. Ireland must work another route through this sturdy Argentina defence.
  • Boffelli tears a hole in the Ireland defensive line! He has opponents in pursuit so looks to kick the ball on to a team-mate, but Sexton gets there. Ireland regroup.
  • Jack McGrath is on for Ireland. He replaces Healy. What impact can the replacement have?
  • Ireland are keeping the ball now and move into the Argentina 22. As they move out wide, though, towards the isolated Earls, the play breaks down again. More frustration for Schmidt's side.
  • Poor! Ireland lose the lineout! This is a shoddy display. The ball is soon back into touch, but Argentina are holding their own.
  • Argentina concede another foul. Sexton is going for touch this time, looking to get Ireland up the pitch at long last. This has been an underwhelming start to a second half Ireland needed to dominate.
  • MISSED! It's short! Sexton does not quite have the power and, although a roar goes up from the crowd, Argentina are able to push them back once more.
  • Sexton's kicking has been really disappointing in open play today. He again gets one wrong on the right. There was a foul on the Ireland 10 earlier in the play, though. The referee is warning Matera and Sexton has the opportunity to go for the posts from halfway.
  • Great work from Stander and Leavy! They wrestle the ball back from Petti and Sexton then has the opportunity to look for Earls again. More more, however, the crossfield kick is wayward.
  • Another poor piece of play from Larmour, who drops a kick again. So impressive last week, he is struggling under the pressure this.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY! Typically clinical from Sanchez! Argentina are sticking with Ireland and now lead again, 17-15. We have a gripping second half on our hands...
  • Sexton's poor kick gifts the ball to Argentina and the Pumas are straight back on the front foot. After building across the pitch, Leavy fouls from on the ground. Sanchez has another penalty opportunity.
  • KICK-OFF: No changes at the break. Ireland get us back up and running with a 15-14 lead.
  • Sanchez's kicking ability means Argentina are always in with a shout of victory if they can stay with Ireland. Schmidt's men have found joy from scrums but struggled in open play. They need a big second half.
  • That was perhaps a tougher first half than Ireland might have expected. Argentina bolstered their reputation in the Rugby Championship and have shown their quality at times today.
  • HALF-TIME: Ireland 15 Argentina 14
  • Sanchez goes for the drop goal but it's wide to the left. That's the half!
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY! Sexton has found his range! What an effort! He is some way out but the ball just reaches the posts. This rollercoaster game turns back in Ireland's favour. They lead 15-14.
  • That's a tough one for O'Brien. He's holding his wrist and his night is over. The number seven is replaced by Leavy.
  • Another let off for Ireland. Matera is adjudged to have been held in the tackle before he races through the home side. It could have been an Argentina try and instead it's an Irish penalty.
  • Argentina are working hard to keep Ireland at bay. There's no way through for those green shirts and Delguy claims the ball!
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY! It's a beauty from Sanchez! His trusty boot delivers from a long way out. Argentina are 14-12 up with half-time approaching!
  • Argentina look a real threat when they get going. Boffelli bursts through and suddenly Ireland are on the back foot. The Pumas have a penalty for a late hit and Sanchez is eyeing up the posts.
  • Very sloppy. Ryan drops the ball from the lineout and Argentina can put the ball in again.
  • Ireland win another scrum. They are dominating in there. Another penalty follows and Sexton is going to move the side forward on the left.
  • Ryan takes the congratulations. The Ireland man gets hold of the ball following a lineout and forces the foul. That is the sort of respite the hosts needed.
  • A scare for Ireland! Sanchez goes big with the kick and Larmour, under pressure from a couple of Argentina players, makes a mess of it. He misses the catch and the ball bounces to safety from an Irish point of view.
  • It's a better scrum as Argentina at least get out of there with the ball. They are edging forwards on the left.
  • Once again, however, Ireland are poor from the restart. Argentina are being allowed to hit back far too easily, preventing the hosts from gaining any momentum. The Pumas have a scrum.
  • Conversion
    CONVERTED! Better from Sexton! He sends the ball right down the middle and Ireland are back in front after a tough spell. 12-11.
  • Try
    TRY! They can! It's Aki! Some big Argentina tackles threatened to keep Ireland at bay, but Aki handled the ball really well and smashed through an opponent to get there on the left. Ireland move back within one at 11-10.
  • But Argentina are again dominated in the scrum! Can Ireland force this one over as they did last time?
  • A turnover! It is a poor Ireland lineout and Argentina have the ball ahead of the scrum. Schmidt's men have been given a rude awakening a week early, with that All Blacks clash a long way from their minds right now.
  • Easy enough for Argentina. Sexton takes the ball and looks for Earls with the crossfield kick, but he is some way off. There is another penalty, though. And another lineout...
  • Stockdale draws a foul from Matera after a poor Argentina kick. Ireland get the lineout inside the 22 on the left.
  • Argentina snatch back possession! Ireland were moving the ball smoothly, with Larmour almost getting through, but the Pumas come out on top once again.
  • MISSED! Sanchez misses too with the boot from wide on the right. Argentina remain 11-5 in front midway through the first half.
  • Try
    TRY! Delguy goes over for Argentina! What a try that is! Orlando burst through and some lovely passing play in the centre of the pitch opens up space for Delguy on the right. The Pumas are well on top right now! They lead 11-5 ahead of the conversion.
  • A strong Irish defensive line forces Argentina back. Having made progress, they're now struggling to get any further than the halfway line.
  • The Pumas give the ball away with a forward pass, but O'Brien's high tackle allows Argentina to kick the ball into Irish territory on the left.
  • Argentina win the ball from an Irish lineout. The hosts are struggling to find their rhythm early on. The visitors have the ball on halfway.
  • Great work from Delguy. O'Mahony goes for the kick in behind, but the Argentina man is there and superbly sidesteps Earls to get out of there.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY! No mistake! Sanchez is clinical from close range. 6-5 to the Pumas after that attack, started by a superb Moyano catch.
  • Argentina are immediately on the attack! Ireland get back to slow the visitors, but there is another foul and Sanchez is going to get the opportunity to restore the Pumas' lead.
  • MISSED! A wild kick from Sexton. Positioned wide on the right he rifles the ball across the posts to the left. That was not close. Still 5-3 to Ireland.
  • Try
    TRY! Ireland are up and running through Marmion! Argentina cannot deal with the Irish power in the scrum and Marmion is left with time and space to surge over. It's 5-3 ahead of the conversion.
  • NO TRY! Stander was the man carrying the ball over but the TMO sticks with the referee's decision. Argentina prepare for another onslaught...
  • Ireland force the ball over, but the officials cannot see if they have got the ball down. They're going to the television official. The on-field decision is no try.
  • Sexton dinks a kick over the top but Argentina recover. Play is called back for the foul at the lineout. The ball is into touch once more.
  • Ireland are edging forwards, with Furlong powering through a pair of tackles. Another foul. Sexton goes again for the lineout, now in the corner. The hosts are not interested in kicking for the posts at this stage.
  • Scrappy play on the halfway line and Argentina commit the foul this time. Sexton kicks for the lineout.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY! It's over! What an effort from Sanchez, dropping just over the posts. Argentina have an early 3-0 lead.
  • Good work from the Pumas. They force the foul from Larmour and have a penalty a long way out wide on the right...
  • Ireland go left to Stockdale, who looks to weave in and out of a couple of tackles but is soon stopped. The hosts are moving the ball back and forth across the field, looking for an early breakthrough.
  • KICK-OFF: Here we go! Argentina get us under way.
  • The teams are ready. We've had the anthems and it's time for kick-off!
  • With New Zealand up next for Ireland a week today, Schmidt's side will be keen to come through this one unscathed. Henshaw's apparent injury is an early blow.
  • Captain Best and World Rugby Player of the Year nominee Sexton are the most notable returning names for Ireland. A late change sees Addison come in for Robbie Henshaw, who pulled up in the warm-up. The Pumas sprung a surprise this week by selecting Petti in the back row.
  • Replacements: Julian Montoya, Juan Pablo Zeiss, Lucio Sordoni, Rodrigo Bruni, Tomas Lezana, Gonzalo Bertranou, Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, Matias Moroni.
  • Argentina: Emiliano Boffelli, Bautista Delguy, Matias Orlando, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Ramiro Moyano, Nicolas Sanchez, Tomas Cubelli; Santiago Garcia Botta, Agustin Creevy, Santiago Medrano, Matias Alemanno, Tomas Lavanini, Pablo Matera, Guido Petti, Javier Ortega Desio.
  • Replacements: Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Andrew Porter, Devin Toner, Dan Leavy, Luke McGrath, Joey Carbery, Andrew Conway.
  • Ireland: Jordan Larmour, Keith Earls, Will Addison Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Johnny Sexton, Kieran Marmion; Cian Healy, Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, James Ryan, Peter O'Mahony, Sean O'Brien, CJ Stander.
  • Let's get those line-ups...
  • Six Nations Grand Slam champions Ireland thrashed Italy in Chicago last week, but Joe Schmidt has selected a very different side for this week's clash with a much-improved Argentina team.
  • Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of today's Test between Ireland and Argentina in Dublin!

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