Autumn Internationals: Ireland v Argentina

Ireland are in pursuit of 10 wins in a row at the Aviva, they face a dangerous Argentina side

34 min: A big tackle from Ryan on the left but then Bundee is penalised for a late hit on Sanchez.

He gets up and dusts himself down in time to slot another lovely kick.

35 MIN: IRELAND 12 ARGENTINA 14

33 min: But then Ireland’s lineout – normally so well oiled – falters again, the ball knocked forward. Devin Toner could be earning a recall next week.

32 min: A string of powerful Irish scrums inside their own 22 and near the left touchline – Furlong helping earn a penalty. Sexton finds touch inside the Argentina half.

30 MIN: IRELAND 12 ARGENTINA 11

28 min: Again, Ireland make a hash of the restart. Argentina just about retain the ball from a scrum on the 22 and have a decent attacking platform out on the left. Sanchez drops into the pocket and launces a garryowen high into the Dublin sky – Larmour can’t claim under pressure from Boffelli, but Addison greatfully snatches on the second ball.

From the scrum turnover Ireland hammer away deep inside the 22. Aki runs a brilliant line and looks certain to score but is tackled just short. A few phases later Marmion looks for an offload and is tackled from behind by Lavanini – Aki picks up the pieces and thunders over the line.

Sexton converts, Ireland have the lead.

27 MIN: IRELAND 12 ARGENTINA 11

TRY IRELAND!!!!!!!!

24 min: Ireland then make mincemeat of the Argentina scrum – winning it against the head and earning a penalty advantage.

22 min: Ireland can’t get the maul going after Alemanno grips Henderson as he was lifted to claim the lineout. Another penalty and another Irish lineout. Henderson is the jumper again – he pops it down for O’Mahony who spills the ball.

21 min: This is fast and loose – Ireland would probably like a bit more control. Good play from Stockdale, he fields a deep kick and opts to carry, arcing his run to the left and getting on the outside shoulder. He is awarded a penalty when he’s tackled inside the Argentina half – Sexton opts for touch again.

Electric from Argentina. Orlando bursts through the Irish midfield and finds De La Fuente, who then moves it to Delguy with the cutest of offloads. He is well tackled by O’Brien but the visitors recycle it at pace and move it through the hands – Delguy there on the right to cruise over in the corner.

Sanchez can’t hook his conversion inside the upright.

20 MIN: IRELAND 5 ARGENTINA 11

TRY ARGENTINA!!!!!!!

16 min: Ireland’s linespeed on halfway is good and Sanchez is forced into a high kick. Stockdale leaps above Delguy and Orlando but knocks the ball forward.

14 min: O’Brien strays high with a tackle on the Argentina 10 and there’s another penalty for the visitors, which Sanchez sends into touch. Ireland have been a bit sloppy.

13 min: O’Mahony – of all people – opts for a grubber in behind which Delguy deals with smartly, selling Earls with a nice step.  

11 min: Sloppy from Ireland, they can’t secure the restart – Moyano pouncing after Henderson fails to claim it – and then get penalised under their own posts as O’Mahony is caught offside.

Sanchez knocks over a simple penalty.

12 MIN: IRELAND 5 ARGENTINA 6

Ireland monster Argentina at the scrum, they have an advantage coming but Marmion picks and snipes over the line.

Sexton drags his conversion attempt horribly wide on the left.  

10 MIN: IRELAND 5 ARGENTINA 3

TRY IRELAND!!!!!!!

8 min: Ireland get the rumble going at the second time of asking, Stander being driven over by Furlong and O’Brien. Ireland think they’ve scored but the ref checks with the TMO – there’s no clear grounding so a five-metre scrum is awarded.

6 min: Best hits Ryan at the back of the lineout, before Berry blows for another penalty. Sexton stitches it back into the right corner.

5 min: Best hits Henderson with the lineout and Ireland move the ball, carrying hard and straight up the middle. There’s a lovely step from Furlong who then carries through Ortega Desio, before Ireland are awarded another penalty.

It’s very kickable, but Sexton goes for the corner.

4 min: The battle on the floor is ferocious already – this time the visitors are penalised for not releasing after O’Mahony latches on. Sexton finds touch on the 22.

2 min: Ireland run it wide left and Stockdale tries to stand his man up but is well tackled. After nearly 10 phases Argentina slow the Irish ball down on the home 10-metre and are awarded a penalty, Larmour pinged for not releasing.

Sanchez will go for goal. It’s a tricky chance, on the Irish 10 and out to the right – he nails it. Brilliant kick.

3 MIN: IRELAND 0 ARGENTINA 3

1 min: The kick-off is straight into Earls’ bread basket, Ireland look to move the ball early on.  

The anthems are done, Nicolas Sanchez to get us underway. Tonight’s referee is Australia’s Nic Berry.

BEEEEEEEEEEP!

45 mins gone in Cardiff and it’s Wales 3 Australia 3.

Early bonus point for Argentina for their slick trackie tops.

If Addison has a blinder tonight it puts another name in the hat for a starting berth in the centre. He’s behind Aki, Henshaw, Ringrose and Farrell for now.

Here come the teams in Dublin.  

As for Argentina, 22 of today’s 23-man squad play for Super Rugby side the Jaguares. Familiarity.

Still no confirmation, but Addison was running with the starting XV during the warm-up. He made his first international appearance against Italy last week – starting tonight is a different proposition.

BREAKING

It looks like Will Addison will be starting in midfield tonight ahead of Robbie Henshaw who picked up a knock in the warm-up.

Will confirm that ASAP.

Schmidt has made 12 changes tonight from the side which won in Chicago last weekend – Larmour, Bundee Aki and Jacob Stockdale the three retaining their places.

One of the most eye-catching selections is the return of Seán O’Brien for his first international start in nearly a year.

Ireland have an embarrassment of backrow riches – there’s no place in the 23 for Josh van Der Flier, Jordi Murphy or Jack Conan – but there’s no doubt they are a better side with O’Brien.

In case you missed it, England lost to the All Blacks by a point at Twickenham this afternoon – the World Champions winning 16-15 after Sam Underhill’s late try was disallowed. You can read the match report HERE.

30 mins until kick-off!

We’ve got plenty of reading to keep you entertained ahead of kick-off.

You can read Gerry Thornley’s match preview HERE.

He has looked at the electric rise of Jordan Larmour HERE.

While Gavin Cummiskey has looked back at a history of violence between Ireland and Argentina, and asks where has all the Argy-bargy gone? You can read that HERE.

TEAMS

IRELAND: J Larmour; J Stockdale, R Henshaw, B Aki, K Earls; J Sexton, K Marmion; C Healy, R Best (capt), T Furlong; J Ryan, I Henderson; P O’Mahony, S O’Brien, CJ Stander. Replacements: S Cronin, J McGrath, A Porter, D Toner, D Leavy, L McGrath, J Carbery, A Conway.

ARGENTINA: E Boffelli ; B Delguy, M Orlando, J De La Fuente, R Moyano; N Sanchez, T Cubelli; S Garcia Botta, A Creevy, S Medrano; M Alemanno, T Lavanini; P Matera (capt), G Petti, J Ortega Desio. Replacements: J Montoya, JP Zeiss, L Sordoni, R Bruni, T Lezana, G Bertranou, J Diaz Bonilla, M Moroni.

Good evening!

Welcome to our coverage of Ireland’s clash with Argentina at the Aviva Stadium (kick-off 6.30pm).

Last week Joe Schmidt’s squad – well, some of them – enjoyed an autumn sojourn in Chicago, as they thrashed Italy 54-7 at Soldier Field.

But with that merry trip out of the way, the real business can now begin. Tonight’s clash against Los Pumas is a deceptively difficult one, and will serve as far more than just a warm-up before the All Blacks roll into town.

Like back in October 2015 – when they knocked a battered Ireland out of the Rugby World Cup in the quarters – Argentina possess an incisive, electric running game.

But Ireland are now an entirely different animal to the side who were blown away that day in Cardiff. Indeed, only eight of the matchday 23 from the Millennium Stadium are involved tonight.

Three years on and it feels like completely different era. The 2019 World Cup is looming closer and closer into view – Irish sights are set far higher than the last eight.

We’ll be bringing you all the action on a soaked day in Dublin, as Ireland look to negotiate their first real test of the autumn.

Come on!!!