Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Forget All Blacks - focus on Pumas, Schmidt warns Ireland

Forget All Blacks - focus on Pumas, Schmidt warns Ireland

"A lot of things we can do better out there".

After Sanchez's first penalty gave Argentina the lead, Ireland quickly got back on the front foot and won a couple of penalties before scrumhalf Keiran Marmion burst over from a dominant 5m scrum.

The All Blacks face Eddie Jones's England at Twickenham on Saturday and then play Ireland in Dublin next week, with all three teams using the matches to gauge themselves ahead of next year's global showpiece.

A performance like this next week against the All Blacks will not be good enough and that message will undoubtedly be driven home as Ireland return to their base in Carton House next week.

"They will respect Argentina and will obviously respect New Zealand".

Again, Ireland's scrum went to work and with advantage Luke McGrath repeated Marmion's earlier trick by picking from the base and scoring. Conversions: Jonathan Sexton (2).

Numerous errors from Ireland contributed to their poor first half showing - a high tackle from Sean O'Brien and a knock on from Jacob Stockdale soon ensued and it was the Ulsterman's mistake which led to Mario Ledesma's side's first try of the game.

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ARGENTINA - E Boffelli; B Delguy, M Orlando (M Moroni 58), J de la Fuente, R Moyano; N Sanchez, T Cubelli (G Vertrabiy 65); S Garcia Botta (JP Zeiss 57), A Creevy (J Montoya 64), S Medrano (L Sordoni ); M Alemanno, T Lavanini (G Petti 76); P Matera (capt) (R Bruni 70), G Petti (T Lezana 65), J Ortega Desio.

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.

After a sustained period of pressure from the resulting penalty, Sexton put Bundee Aki through a gap with a lovely flat pass and the Connacht centre was never going to be stopped so close to the line. Only when Johnny Sexton kicked Ireland 11 points clear four minutes from time did Ireland look anything approaching comfortable.

Kieran Marmion and Bundee Aki both crossed in the opening 25 minutes with Bautista Delguy's brilliant try in between and a trio of Nicolas Sanchez's penalties keeping the margin to a point at half-time.

The home side's day, however, was marred by the news that flanker Sean O'Brien, forced off through injury, had broken his arm.

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.

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