Ireland completed their autumn international campaign by comfortably defeating Argentina on a freezing afternoon in Dublin. Argentina were a shadow of their former self as they were penalised out of the game at scrum time and offered little or no cutting edge in the backs.
Ireland led 19-3 at half-time thanks to a 20th minute Stephen Ferris try and four penalties and a conversion from the boot of Jonathan Sexton. The second period was more of the same as Felipe Contepomi who had kicked one penalty in the first half added two after the break but missed with three other attempts. The contrast was Sexton landed another penalty after the interval and Ronan O’Gara converted Gordon D’Arcy’s injury-time try. To give us the final score of:
Ireland 29-9 Argentina
Tries: Ferris, D’Arcy Pens: Sexton 5 Cons: Sexton, O’Gara
Pens: Contepomi 3
Ireland: G Murphy; T Bowe, B O’Driscoll (capt), G D’Arcy, A Trimble; J Sexton, P Stringer; C Healy, S Cronin, T Buckley, D O’Callaghan, M O’Driscoll, S Ferris, D Wallace, J Heaslip.
Replacements: D Varley, T Court, D Toner, D Leamy, E Reddan, R O’Gara, K Earls.
Argentina: M Rodriguez; H Agulla, G Tiesi, M Bosch, L Gonzalez Amorosino; F Contepomi (capt), N Vergallo; R Roncero, M Ledesma, M Scelzo; M Galarza, P Albacete; G Fessia, J Farias Cabello, J Fernandez Lobbe.
Replacements: A Creevy, M Ayerza, J Figallo, S Guzman, A Galindo, A Lalanne, L Borges
Referee: Mark Lawrence (South Africa)