Ireland comfortably beat Argentina on Sunday with a 29-9 win at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Jonathan Sexton was on superb kicking form while Stephen Ferris and Gordon DArcy scored the tries.
For Argentina, Felipe Contepomi had an off day with the boot as his kicking at goal wasnt up to standard, meaning that his side failed to stay in the match earning, Ireland a continued undefeated record at home against the South Americans.
Keith Earls nearly scored with a minute left in the game, but the TMO controversially disallowed what looked to be a certain try. DArcy made up for it on full time though, crossing after a very neatly executed chip and chase.
“We can hold our heads up. To finish with our highest winning margin against Argentina in the last game of the year is a great positive for us going through to the Six Nations,” said wing Tommy Bowe.
“Whenever we’ve had dry ball, we’ve shown that we’re able to throw it about. That’s the type of rugby that we want to play. We have plenty of players who are willing to play good rugby. When we get the chance, we’re able to cut teams open and we’ll be looking to do more of that,” he added.
The bad news for Leinster and Ireland is that Brian ODriscoll looks to have broken his jaw, which could mean hell miss upcoming Heineken Cup games. Rob Kearney will also be out for some time, including the early stages of the Six Nations.
The result of this game ends a mixed bag of results for Ireland, with wins over Samoa and Argentina but losses to New Zealand and South Africa, despite playing promising rugby at times. They have shot back up the world rankings however, now sitting at 5th.