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Schmidt pleased to see Ireland emerge from 'arduous' test

The sides met in last season's November games The sides met in last season's November games
Cary Erickson | 11 November, 2018, 01:52

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt believes the next two matches against the Pumas and New Zealand will see how far along the preparations are for the Rugby World Cup next year.

"It was a real Test match, really arduous".

But sometimes sport isn't fair, plagued with injuries Ireland looked like a shell of the team that won the Six Nations a few months prior as Argentina ripped them apart.

"I hope everyone is looking over their shoulder", said Schmidt referring to the players in the starting XV.

"We want to go out and win and keep this home record we have".

Schmidt's men saw off the Italy easily in Foxoboro stadium in Chicago last weekend.

"I'm scarred by them from 99 and 07, so they've been a team that have consistently upset us in big games". Sexton converting to put them more than a converted try ahead.

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"But that's a good way for us to try to cope and test ourselves against a really good side, which we know Argentina are".

"Even the things we did well, we can probably do a little bit better".

Argentina XV to play Ireland: Emiliano Boffelli, Bautista Delguy, Matias Orlando, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Ramiro Moyano, Nicolas Sanchez, Tomas Cubelli; Santiago Garcia Botta, Agustin Creevy, Santiago Medrano, Matias Alemanno, Tomas Lavanini, Pablo Matera, Guido Petti, Javier Ortega Desio.

"If their back three get the ball the more likely they (the Argentinians) are going to break teams open, because they're tackle breakers, they're line breakers and they link up in behind the line really effectively once they break the line", said Schmidt.

Ireland XV to play Argentina: Jordan Larmour, Keith Earls, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Johnny Sexton, Kieran Marmion; Cian Healy, Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, James Ryan, Peter O'Mahony, Sean O'Brien (Leinster), CJ Stander (Munster).

The spark Ireland needed from the fresh faces earned Sexton shots at goal: One from long-range fell under the crossbar but the next one went over, and Ireland had the lead for good, though not with any confidence until McGrath scored.

"Don't get me wrong they've talked about the All-Blacks already in November camp when they got together for the U.S. week and they went away and those ten players stayed around that are going to be largely involved in that All-Black game".