LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

Internationals

Thumb_ireland-ed Ireland

46

Thumb_argentina-ed Argentina

24
Kick-off local time : Sat, 24 November 2012 - 14h00
Kick-off : Sat, 24 November 2012 - 16h00
Venue : Dublin
Referee : Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Match status : Result
  Ireland Argentina
Tries Jonathan Sexton (16min), Simon Zebo (33min), and Jonathan Sexton (51min)
Penalties Jonathan Sexton (45min) Nicolas Sánchez (14min), Nicolas Sánchez (19min), Nicolas Sánchez (31min), and Nicolas Sánchez (43min)
Conversions Jonathan Sexton (12min), Jonathan Sexton (17min), and Jonathan Sexton (52min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
DGs
Commentary
Minute Commentary

80

TRY - The Pumas looking for another late consolation score, but they get through captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe. Juan Martin Hernandez can't add the extras and the referee blows for FULL-TIME with Ireland getting a deserved 46-24 win. There really was only one team in the game, with a bit of a late rally by Argentina when the Irish took their foot off the gas

78

Juan Martin Hernandez adds the CONVERSION - 19-46

77

TRY - Leonardo Senatore barges his way over from close range, after the Pumas took a quick tap

76

The Pumas looking for a late consolation score and win a penalty right in front of the Irosh posts for offside play

74

Ronan O'Gara adds the CONVERSION and the lead goes out to 46-12

73

TRY - Tommy Bowe gets over for another try, as the Irish set up a string maul and then spin it wide where a grubber catches the Puma defence out

72

Ireland ring the changes now, as they bring on fresh legs for the final 10 minutes.

70

Pumas knock on at a tackle on their own 10m line

69

Ireland's throw at the line-out, just outside the Puma 22, is not straight

68

Scrum penalty to Ireland on their own 10m line

67

The Pumas finally wake up and play some rugby, attacking the Irish defence with some great inter-passing

65

Ireland fail to make the best of their possession and the Pumas win a scrum feed from a knock-on. Scrum reset and then a free kick to the Pumas

64

YELLOW CARD - It all blows up as the Argentineans' frustrations get the better of them. The referee speaks to both captains and sends Maximiliano Bustos to the sin bin

63

Eventually the ball goes wide and Gonzalo Camacho grubbers, but it rolls into touch a few metres from the Irish line

62

The Puma forwards now enjoy their best period with the ball in hand, working their way towards the Irish 22

60

Ireland run the ball deep into Puma territory, but they lose control just outside the Argentina 22 and the visitors win a penalty at the breakdown - playing the scrumhalf without the ball

58

Pumas tap-'n-go and Ireland win a penalty at the tackle

57

Argentina bashing away at the Irish line and win a penalty 5m out for a breakdown offence

56

Donnacha Ryan penalised for playing a man in the air at the line-out

55

Now Craig Gilroy kicks it directly into touch. Have Ireland taken the foot off the gas here?

54

A rare mistake by Ireland - a line-out ball wasted with a knock-on

52

Jonathan Sexton adds the CONVERSION and the lead goes out to 39-12

51

TRY - Ireland running wild, with sublime inter-passing putting Jonathan Sexton over for another five-pointer

49

Pumas penalised at the breakdown again - they have not been in this game at all, only the occasional half-hearted rally

48

Jonathan Sexton fails to add the extras - 32-12

47

TRY - Sexton lainches a sublime chip-kick and Tommy Bowe beats the cover to get another five-pointer

46

Leonardo Senatore puts a kick down cold and Ireland have an attacking scrum

45

Ireland piling on pressure and win a scrum penalty as the Argentinean set piece disintegrates. Jonathan Sexton slots the PENALTY from right in front and the lead is 27-12

44

Ireland manage to hold up a Puma maul from the restart and win an attacking scrum just outside the Puma 22

43

Nicolas Sánchez slots the PENALTY and the gap closes to 12-24

42

Argentina take the ball through the phases inside the Ireland half and win a kickable penalty

41

Juan Martin Hernandez gets the second half underway

40

The scrum becomes a free kick and then Ireland are marched 10m for not retreating quickly enough. The ball goes into touch and the referee blows to signal HALF-TIME. Ireland dominate the first half, with a brief flurry by the Pumas late in the first 50. See you in 10 minutes.

39

Another change in the game - a powerful Puma scrum win them a turnover in the setpiece

37

Nicolas Sánchez is just right of the upright with penalty attempt

36

Finally some urgency by the Pumas and they win a turnover with a counter ruck. That becomes a penalty to Argentina

35

Ireland continue to dominate in all aspects of the game against a Puma side that looks somewhat disinterested

34

Jonathan Sexton hits the upright and the lead is 24-9

33

TRY - Simon Zebo continue to make easy metres with the ball in hand and some quick phase play puts the fullback over in the corner

31

Nicolas Sánchez is back on the field and slots the PENALTY to narrow the gap to 9-19

30

Poor Irish kick downfield hands Argentina an attacking ball and they win a penalty right in front

28

Argentina win a crucial turnover on their 22 and the ball is hacked downfield, where it roles into touch near the Irish 22

27

Argentina penalised at a maul near halfway, as they come around on the wrong side to disrupt the Irish

25

Argentina penalised at a ruck deep inside the Irish 22 - they are getting a bit too desperate to work their way back into this game. They should calm down and play their own game, not scramble around like headless chickens

24

Ireland are completely dominating the contact area

23

Jonathan Sexton hooks his attempt past the left upright - 19-6 to Ireland

22

TRY - Richardt Strauss breaks around on the blindside of a maul and gets the third try for the home team.

21

Sublime grubber by Keith Earls, but the Puma cover runs the ball into touch metres out. Nicolas Sánchez is being helped off the field for a concussion test

20

Another good clearance by Nicolas Sánchez from the restart

19

Nicolas Sánchez slots the PENALTY to make it 6-14

18

Another transgression by Ireland from the restart another penalty to Argentina

17

Jonathan Sexton adds the CONVERSION for a 14-3 lead

16

TRY - Jonathan Sexton gets the second try after another great run from Gilroy

15

Nicolas Sánchez clears his lines from the restart - line-out on the Puma 10m line

14

Nicolas Sánchez, from right in front, slots the PENALTY to narrow the gap to 3-7

13

Ireland blown for obstruction at the restart - easy kick for the Pumas

12

Jonathan Sexton adds the CONVERSION and Ireland lead 7-0

11

TRY - Craig Gilroy shows why he scored a hat-trick earlier this month. From the line-out it is an inside pass from Sexton to Craig Gilroy, who steps his way through and over for the opening score

10

Sexton finds touch on the Puma 22

9

Marcos Ayerza penalised for another infringement at the breakdown

8

Good phases from Ireland off scrum ball. Debutant Craig Gilroy is involved twice with Bowe and Simon Zebo also getting on the ball. Quick rucks, but Sexton's pass to Zebo is ruled forward.

5

Good lineout win by Donnacha Ryan and Conor Murray attacks around the fringes. Tommy Bowe is fed possession on the right. Ireland win a penalty just inside the Argentinian half.

3

Nicolas Sanchez hits the upright

2

Solid first scrum from Ireland as they hold their ground. The Pumas backs work it out to the left where Ireland infringe at the breakdown. It is kickable and Nicolas Sanchez is lining the kick up.

0

Sexton gets the game underway, but his kick is long, too long with Gonzalo Camacho putting his foot in touch as he gathers the ball. Argentina opt for a scrum back on halfway.

-2

We are ready to go here at the Aviva Stadium. Today's match referee is Jaco Peyper from South Africa. Jonathan Sexton kicks off towards the Havelock Square end.

-5

The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, and IRFU President Billy Glynn are out on the pitch meeting the teams ahead of the anthems. Plenty of colour and atmosphere around the ground.

-10

Ireland are still without a number of key players, but they will be favoured at home. The Pumas will need to dominate the contact area and also the set pieces if they want to pull off another big win.

-15

With time running out until the World Cup 2015 pool allocation draw tales place on December 3 it is the fight for the second seeding band that is the main focus of this weekend's attention. A loss for Ireland, in tandem with other results, could see them plummet to 10th position and leave Declan Kidney's men facing a RWC 2015 pool with two sides ranked higher than them. On the flip side, a loss for Los Pumas and they could be the ones slipping out of the top eight.

-20

Cloudy, with rain showers developing and temperatures slowly falling into the mid- to lower single digits °C

-30

Welcome to Dublin and the Aviva (or Lansdowne Road for the traditionalists), where we await the encounter between Ireland and Argentina - a crucial game for both teams in terms of the World Cup draw next month!
Ireland
Players
15 Rob Kearney
14 Andrew Trimble
13 Fergus McFadden
12 Darren Cave
11 Simon Zebo
10 Jonathan Sexton
9 Eoin Reddan
8 Jamie Heaslip
7 Chris Henry
6 Rhys Ruddock
5 Paul O'Connell
4 Devin Toner
3 Mike Ross
2 Rory Best
1 Dave Kilcoyne

Substitutes
23 Noel Reid
22 Ian Madigan
21 Conor Murray
20 Jordi Murphy
19 Iain Henderson
18 Jack McGrath
17 Sean Cronin
16 Rob Herring
Argentina
Players
15 Lucas Amorosino
14 Santiago Cordero
13 Matías Orlando
12 Santiago Iglesias,
11 Manuel Montero
10 Nicolas Sánchez
9 Tomas Cubelli
8 Tomás de la Vega
7 Javier Desio
6 Rodrigo Baez
5 Matías Alemanno
4 Manuel Carizza
3 Matias Diaz
2 Julian Montoya
1 Bruno Postiglioni

Substitutes
23 Joaquin Tuculet
22 Matías Moroni
21 Martin Landajo
20 Antonio Ahualli de Chazal
19 Tomas Lavaninni
18 Nahuel Chaparro
17 Lucas Paz
16 Santiago Iglesias Valdez