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Friday, June 01, 2007

Argentina beat Ireland!

Argentina beat Ireland!

Argentina's achieved a historic victory over Ireland last weekend. Fantastic result for them which once again reinforces the point that they need to be taken seriously, and included in an international tournament.

In summary, the Irish visited Sante Fe to take on Los Pumas. Ireland's two tries were answered by Felipe Contepomi's penalty kicks. A late Argentine try and a bit of magic from Contepomi proved to be the difference in this upset.

Los Pumas have now beaten both England and Ireland...But where do they stand in the grand scheme of things, with the world cup in September?

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Posted by Rugbydump at 4:13 pm | View Comments (26)

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Anonymous June 02, 2007 12:06 pm

just wanted to thank you for this awesome little site...found it on youtubecheersBOKKE!!!

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Anonymous June 03, 2007 1:18 pm

to be fair to ireland didnt they play a understrength side??that said, i totally agree that argentina should be incorporated more into the world game. having to wait 4 years for the WC is not acceptable and they should be brought into one of international rugby's other competitions.anyways cheers for the wid...love this site!!

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Anonymous June 03, 2007 4:27 pm

I totally agree with what you said about the incorporation of Argentina in a real big competition. That's the same probleme for so many teams : Samoa, Tonga, Fiji,...I think they refused those teams in the 3 Nations...money related...

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Fence June 03, 2007 5:39 pm

Ireland are well aware of Argentina's strengths. And now beaten twice, held scoreless in the second test, wonder will that be in mind come the world cup?Course it was a second string Irish side, and they can take some comfort from the way the scrum held up, but all in all a disappointing tour.The Pumas more than deserve to play in one of the other competitions. Can't see them joining the Six Nations, but the Tri is an option.

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Anonymous June 08, 2007 4:32 am

Awesome site! don't get to see the northern games sooo much! since don't have the rugby channel! so thanks for showing them here!!! Go Argentina!!!

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H June 08, 2007 4:12 pm

tbf ireland are trying not to give away anything to argentina in their 2 pre world cup "friendlys" with the team before they play each other in the groups.i quote friendlys because as we know argentine, irish rugby relations are littered withe foul play and eye gouging accusations and so playing an understrength team to avoid injury of the 1st team was a gd decision by EOS

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Anonymous June 13, 2007 8:48 am

h, another bullshitter you are... full of excuses for irelands lost. blah,blah,blah.

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Anonymous June 16, 2007 5:29 pm

Shut ur mouth above,,,dont no what u were watchin but if u cant see that was nowhere near the proper irish team...u dont no much bout rugby then...

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Anonymous June 17, 2007 9:02 pm

Subjective remarks won't get yuo very far. So Ireland had a side which wasn't full strength you say. Well please tell me where Pichot was? Or Corleto? Or Nuez Piosec? or Borges? or Hernndez? Or Longo? Or Ledesma? Or Hasan? Or Roncero? Or Albacete? Thats right they didn't play either....Argentina are a strong team who in a few years will be beating everyone, including South Africa and New Zealand.

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Anonymous June 22, 2007 8:08 am

well your right about argentina not having those starting players but at least they actually had 1st choice players playing especially in the second test. ireland didnt have a single 1st choice player on the field. even trimble and flannery are not first choice players now with hickie on the left wing while flannery wasnt even 1st choice hooker in the 6 nations. wasnt it contepomi's magic that won argentina the game?? well there you go... he's a starting player and 1st choice fly half for a club with a world class backline (leinster).. dont even start talking up argentina cuz ur just kidding yourself...

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Anonymous June 27, 2007 4:39 am

IRB should host a tournament that involves Argentina, Fiji, Tonga, Japan and Samoa . That tournament should run annually like 6 nation and tri-nation.That tournament will help all the 5 rugby unions.

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H July 02, 2007 3:51 pm

"h, another bullshitter you are... full of excuses for irelands lost. blah,blah,blah." Pick up a rugby magazine or watch reviews by people who know about rugby NOT SOCCER AM! you'l see exactly the same opinions as mine and when its game time its pain time we'll see this "mighty" argentine team in the world cup, personally i wouldn't back a team whos 1st team has been beaten by an English club team (northhampton saints). btw if you had some stones leave a name!

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conde chocolatin July 13, 2007 8:26 pm

i know its a little bit late, but i`m a rugby player from argentina, and if i may say, irland has no respect for our team. if u don`t remember on the 99rwc, we beated u with all amatheur players, and still nowadays, we have amateur rugby odn here in argentina. we kill ourselfs training and playing avery weekend and hoping to get into an international rugby championship, but somehow the money is more important than the rugby spirit inside the IRB. peaple rugby is the most important thing, in live and sport, thanks to this a made my best friends and still in ouch with peaple from australia and england. pay attemption to the spirit and strength of our players, becouse we don`t do it for the money, we od it for our heart!!!thanks mate i`m glad i founded this web!!

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Anonymous July 26, 2007 5:07 pm

To be fair i think Ireland has a lot of respect for Argentina and we have always shown it. We've had many close games with them and they are aggressive and fearless. Also Contepomi is one of the best players in the world and he plays in Ireland or leinster. (check out his two solo tries against the dragons on youtube)when both teams are at full strength i think Ireland might shave it but good luck Argentina may the best team win

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Gonzalo August 03, 2007 11:54 pm

I'm from Argentina but I live in North Carolina, and let me tell you guys, that you underestimate Argentine rugby....it's pretty funny to heard American people talk trash about argentine rugby....have you guys ever won anything?I'm not here to talk shit, but come on!....we all know that Ireland is a really strong team....ok they played with a side team, so did we, and still won, twice.I think that Argentina will go far on the RWC, and after that more than one person at the IRB will rise an eye brow.Vamos Pumas carajo!!!

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Anonymous August 10, 2007 6:26 pm

ojal que les rompamos bien el orto a los irlandeses.hope we kick some irish butt.

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Anonymous August 17, 2007 10:23 am

Im an irish fan, I respect the argentine team but it seems its the argentinian comments that are more defensive and less respectful...ireland played a totally under strength/experimental side weither you choose to egknowledge that or not I dont really care...bottom line, bring on the world cup and we'll see.Shoulder to shoulder we'l answer Irelands call!!!

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fishboy September 12, 2007 6:12 am

I guess Los Pumas have shown the 'top tier' nations that they ignore Argentina at their peril. After the other day's monumental win over France I'm looking forward to Ireland vs Argentina even more. It'll be a big one!

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Argentinian September 30, 2007 5:23 pm

Ireland lacks of respect turned out in a bitter loss. We are sorry.Times have changed. Since many years ago we are not the poorly considered team. Now, Ireland and Wales took Argentina and Fidgi places. Happy trip back home for both of them GO ARGENTINA !!!!!!

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Anonymous September 30, 2007 10:41 pm

So, after all the excuses and not-soccer-related magazines today we have Pool D standings... And Argentina came up with a strong first place, only giving two tries to Ireland.Mind that comment saying that Pumas need to bring home the Cup, I can assure that such an achievement cannot be looked down by the IRB or any of rugby's most important nations.Of course I'm not being objective since I am Argentinian and a Pumas' fan. But today's match did enough just to prove how much Argentina has got to give in rugby terms.

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Juan October 02, 2007 1:01 am

We defeated france at its fucking home.We took Georgia for a ride.We kick the shit out of Ireland (again).what else do you want for a "no so good and great team to be in another international competition ?Anyway, I like Ireland. I disgust France and those fucking British ass lickers of Chile

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Mantis808 October 02, 2007 3:02 pm

RESPECT !!"Seven" Nations NOW !!!Go Argentina...

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Wisey February 02, 2008 2:06 am

who gives a shit about respect and excuses and all that, you sound like a bunch of bitches!Ireland need to bounce back after the rwc and i think they will.Also, i would love to see this up and comming argintine side in a proper competitionAll iknow is that every time these two sides meet its awesome!

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themull February 23, 2008 1:21 pm

there would be no point makin it a seven nations tournement inlc arge because time dif is too great..the only feasible option is to inlc them in the 3 naions and make it a four nations.

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Jon March 19, 2008 6:28 pm

themull: During the 6 nations tournament the time difference between London and Buenos Aires is just 2 hours. It might be 11,000 kilometres, but most of it is South. Im English, but in Argentina right now for a few weeks, and I dont think any rugby fan would mind coming to Buenos Aires for a few days of sun, cheap beer and rugby at this time of year. Yes, its 11,000 kilometres to most of Europe, but its also the same distance between Argentina and Sydney and Auckland, so the argument that its further for the Northerners to go is factually incorrect.Still, I maintain that Martin Johnson has hit the nail on the head with his idea of one of the new Super 14 franchises being based in Buenos Aires. There are plenty of stadia in the city of various capacities, so one would be suited to the team. The passion is there, people are still interested in the sport, on the citys Subte underground network you can see Agustn Pichot in adverts inviting people to find their nearest rugby clubs. It also allows the club sides here to remain mostly amateur with this professional franchise taking the cream of each crop. That way, future young Argentines have the choice to stay in Argentina as professionals instead of having to go to Europe to seek a living.The IRB is known to have a 7 figure sum set aside for professionalism, what it needs is an agreement, and soon. Give the UAR the nod and give them a year to set things up, spread the word and get the players back, contracted to the union. Putting them in the Churchill Cup achieves nothing, no-one is interested in the England Saxons or the NZ Maori, people want to see the full sides, and see them coming to Argentina. Theyve shown what a wonderful generation of players they had to reach third in the world, they now need the infrastructure and the opportunities to cement that place at the top table, so that the next set of forwards and backs can reach, and maybe even surpass them heights.

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themull November 09, 2008 12:04 am

oh ok sorry thought time dif was much greater....

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