Ireland vs Argentina LIVE: Rugby final score, result and reaction from autumn international today

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Ireland have beaten Argentina 53-7 in their international match in Dublin.

Ireland 53 (Josh van der Flier 2, Andrew Porter, Caelen Doris, Dan Sheehan, Cian Healy, Tadhg Beirne tries; Joey Carbery 6 conversions, 2 penalties).

Argentina 7 (Mateo Carreras try; Emiliano Boffelli conversion). HT: 24-7.

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Ireland vs Argentina

  • Ireland seal perfect autumn after beating Japan and New Zealand

  • 3 min: Mateo Carreras scores early try for Argentina

  • 11 min: Ireland pack drives over for first try

  • 24 min: Andrew Porter piles under the posts

  • 38 min: Caelan Doris barges over just before half-time

  • 67 min: Dan Sheehan scores after a lineout

  • 73 min: Cian Healy scores Ireland’s sixth try

  • 76 min: Tadhg Beirne brings up half-century


16:30 , Harry Latham-Coyle

That just about does us for our coverage of Ireland’s excellent end to an outstanding autumn. Andy Farrell’s side appear to be building rather nicely with two years to go until the World Cup, but the Six Nations will bring rather different tests. It’s only a few months away...

There’s a load of rugby to come before then, of course, starting with two Barbarians games at Twickenham next Saturday and continuing through an exciting winter of club action.

We’ll have plenty of reaction and analysis to a gripping weekend of rugby over the next few days but, for now, we say farewell, and thank you for joining us.

Ireland’s head coach reacts

16:21 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Andy Farrell reveals that Ireland endured a chaotic few hours ahead of kick-off after first Jack Conan and then Iain Henderson withdrew. Nick Timoney had to rush in to fill an unexpectedly vacant spot on the bench: “It’s a great day for us because we grow as a group. We make sure that we are all across our work and anyone who comes into the hotel with us on Friday or Saturday has got to be ready.

“We will meet and review and take the lessons that we have learned. Hopefully they grow as players before they come back in and we can hit the ground running in the first game of the Six Nations.”

Irish standouts

16:18 , Harry Latham-Coyle

I thought both van der Flier and Caelan Doris were utterly superb this afternoon in both defence and attack, and Joey Carbery controlled things well. Plenty to like about Ireland’s autumn.

Josh van der Flier speaks to Channel 4 about Ireland’s win

16:16 , Harry Latham-Coyle

“It was great from our perspective. We did the things we wanted to do and fronted up defensively. They always start well, very physically, but it was very pleasing to put in a performance that we were pleased with.

“We got the basics right, the ruck was good, the tackle was good, our defence has been good over the last three weeks. It has been very enjoyable rugby to play.

“We’ll beat each other up in some inter-pros over the next few weeks and then be back in in the Six Nations.”

FT: Ireland 53-7 Argentina

16:14 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Another very enjoyable autumnal day at the office for Ireland as they completed their unbeaten November. Plenty of forward might to blow away the Pumas.


16:10 , Harry Latham-Coyle

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(Getty Images)

Ireland 53-7 Argentina, 82 minutes

16:09 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Facundo Bosch places the ball on the floor, taps, and charges into the Irish forwards. He is tackled effectively.

Facundo Isa is next to try his luck...stood up! Irish bodies pour in and lock their limbs around the ball! Argentina’s forwards add their input and drive Isa over the line but the replacement back-rower hasn’t a hope of getting the ball down.

Held up! That’s that!

Ireland 53-7 Argentina, 80 minutes

16:08 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ireland are offside, twice, and Argentina are nearly in! Nifty backs play and Matias Moroni loops around Sanchez and into an inviting space.

To the opposite side, here’s the jinking feet of the all-too-quiet Cinti, stepping out a tackle and giving it to Moroni again. The space is too compact, though, with Ireland using the touchline as an extra defender and forcing the outside centre into it. Back for the original offside offence.

Ireland 53-7 Argentina, 79 minutes

16:06 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Argentina fail to take the lineout cleanly and that is perhaps their final chance for a consolation gone.

Maybe not? A lineout taken quickly after Robert Baloucoune is forced into touch allows Argentina to attack at pace down the right. Facundo Bosch carries firmly and Argentina play to left.

Nicolas Sanchez dribbles through a grubber and Lucio Cinti is on to it, sliding and offloading infield. His offload hits James Lowe’s hand - is that deliberate? No, says Matt Carley, and Argentina will take the lineout as it spills into touch rather than a scrum for the knock-on.

Ireland 53-7 Argentina, 78 minutes

16:04 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ireland are penalised at the breakdown and Cian Healy stays down. This doesn’t look good for the loosehead, who gets to his feet but is asked to go down again by the Irish medics as he struggles with his knee.

Andrew Porter rids himself of his jacket and prepares for re-entry but Healy trudges over to the lineout with a rather large limp, a wounded warrior but still, just about, in the battle.

TRY! IRELAND 53-7 Argentina (Tadhg Beirne try, 76 minutes)

16:02 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Another! The maul is pulled down illegally and advantage is coming. Craig Casey hasn’t quite got the frame to power through three defenders on the short side but Tadhg Beirne most certainly does, the second row scooping from his fallen scrum-half’s belly and adding the finishing touches as Ireland hit fifty for the first time ever against Argentina.

Carbery very nearly converts with chalk on his boots, too, but his conversion from the left touchline pulls at the last minute and caroms from the left-hand post.

Ireland 48-7 Argentina, 74 minutes

15:59 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ireland win a penalty as a fatigued Argentina fail to full resource a ruck and hold on. Ireland kick for the left corner though Joey Carbery, who is named the Player of the Match by the host broadcaster.

TRY! IRELAND 48-7 Argentina (Cian Healy try, 73 minutes)

15:58 , Harry Latham-Coyle

It’s Cian Healy! That will be a popular score, Healy this time sure of hand as he grounds and chuckling with knowing delight after that earlier error.

A helping hand from a pair of arriving teammates at his back and Ireland are eyeing the half-century as Joey Carbery knocks another between the posts from the tee.

Ireland 41-7 Argentina, 72 minutes

15:56 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Argentina lose the ball inside their own 22 and here come Ireland again. Craig Casey sends forward after forward into the Argentina defensive line and then snipes to within a metre himself. Who can produce the final blow?

Ireland 41-7 Argentina, 70 minutes

15:55 , Harry Latham-Coyle

That’s better from Beirne! Argentina tap quickly and initally make good ground through Facundo Isa’s pumping piston thighs, but Beirne reaches into a ruck to pilfer the ball.

Joey Carbery then struts through a gap and Ireland are away. Space in the backfield and Robert Baloucoune calls for a kick through...

Skewed into touch! A hand of apology from James Lowe as he drags his kick to close to the touchline. Baloucoune was the favourite to win the race had it stayed infield.

Ireland 41-7 Argentina, 69 minutes

15:53 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ireland just starting to threaten to cut Argentina to ribbons. Keith Earls is on the pitch but it is opposite wing Robert Baloucoune whose eyes begin to light up, a slight fumble and regather stalling him after Nick Timoney had carried strongly.

Tadhg Beirne knocks on, though, and compounds the error by clinging on desperately on the floor.

TRY! IRELAND 41-7 Argentina (Dan Sheehan try, 67 minutes)

15:51 , Harry Latham-Coyle

This time Ireland are over for certain! Dan Sheehan hits his man at the lineout, waits for a space to appear alongside another meaty maul and a quick shimmy of the hips allows him to breach the last defender and duck for the line.

Joey Carbery converts impressively.

NO TRY! Cian Healy has lost the ball! Ireland 34-7 Argentina

15:49 , Harry Latham-Coyle

It was a sheepish look from Healy towards the referee as he awarded the try and that would be why - the ball just spilled from his grasp before he could ground. Try ruled out, but back for a penalty and Ireland kick for the corner.

TRY! IRELAND 41-7 Argentina (Cian Healy try, 65 minutes)

15:48 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Cian Healy crashes over! More authoritative carrying from Ireland and some nifty footwork in tight spaces, too, before Healy powers through two tackles to score.

Or does he? He might have lost this...

Ireland 34-7 Argentina, 64 minutes

15:47 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Just a penalty! Baloucoune had weaved infield and then looked to turn upfield but Facundo Isa’s massive right arm had grabbed him over the shoulder - no head or neck contact so no further sanction required. Ireland kick deep into Argentine territory.

Ireland 34-7 Argentina, 63 minutes

15:45 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Nicolas Sanchez is on the pitch for Argentina and trying to guide the attack from fly-half, threading a grubber through to Joey Carbery, who has shifted to full-back since the introduction of Byrne.

Carbery collects and dances free of two tacklers, continuing an impressive afternoon. Ireland eventually kick away and after a further booted exchange, Robert Baloucoune is taken high!

Ireland 34-7 Argentina, 60 minutes

15:43 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ireland will play the last quarter of the game against an Argentina defence shorn of a man. Harry Byrne makes an initially lively burst as the home side try to re-ignite a crowd that has maybe fallen flat a touch, but his next touch is less accurate, tossing a pass forward to a carrier on his shoulder close to the line. Argentina scrum.

RED CARD! Tomas Lavanini is sent off! Ireland 34-7 Argentina, 59 minutes

15:42 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Entirely unnecessary, tucked arm, no attempt to wrap, significant force, direct head contact - it’s about as clear a red card as you will see. That is horrible from Tomas Lavanini, and thankfully Cian Healy appears to be ok. The prop accepts the apology of Lavaninni but this ill-disciplined Puma refuses to change his spots.

Ireland 34-7 Argentina, 59 minutes

15:40 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Peter O’Mahony is incensed as Tomas Lavanini makes rather improper contact with a kneeling Irish player out of the way at a ruck - Matt Carley will refer this for a check with the TMO but not before warning O’Mahony about his tone in alerting him.

Blimey - this is awful from Lavanini, who is very much that sort of player...

Ireland 34-7 Argentina, 58 minutes

15:39 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Pablo Matera is back on at the end of his yellow card period, and he’s joined in the Argentina back row by Facundo Isa, who has replaced Marcos Kremer.

Ireland swap props: enter Cian Healy and Tom O’Toole as Andrew Porter and Tadhg Furlong have a much deserved sit-down.

TRY! IRELAND 34-7 Argentina (Josh van der Flier try, 57 minutes)

15:37 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Yes! Just the one replay required to show the evidence of van der Flier getting the ball to earth having trampled over one defender and survived the last-ditch attempts off two more. Joey Carbery converts.

Ireland 27-7 Argentina, 57 minutes

15:36 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The maul is just about stalled, two metres out. Craig Casey zips the ball away, Robbie Henshaw carrying hard, then James Lowe off his wing, too.

Josh van der Flier! A powerful short line and is the flanker over?

Ireland 27-7 Argentina, 55 minutes

15:34 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Argentina collapse the resulting maul and Harry Byrne prods the penalty further along the left touchline to allow the forwards to have another rumble for a score.

Ireland 27-7 Argentina, 55 minutes

15:34 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Argentina collapse the resulting maul and Harry Byrne prods the penalty further along the left touchline to allow the forwards to have another rumble for a score.

Ireland 27-7 Argentina, 54 minutes

15:33 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Julian Montoya is rather unfortunate, it appears, to be penalised as he apparently executes a textbook jackal. Matt Carley believes his elbows are on the floor and thus Montoya is not legally supporting his body weight. Ireland penalty and another lineout inside the Ireland 22.

Ireland 27-7 Argentina, 53 minutes

15:32 , Harry Latham-Coyle

James Lowe opts not to counter-attack even with inviting space and a teammate on the left, instead kicking long, and Argentina reply in kind, finding touch inside the Ireland half.

Ireland 27-7 Argentina, 51 minutes

15:30 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Sheehan then makes a dent in midfield and Ireland begin to attack with tempo. Caelan Doris, who has been outstanding again this afternoon, draws three defenders and fizzes an offload to Tadhg Furlong lurking on the left wing. Furlong likes the sight of a diminutive back in front of him and sets about fending him through the floor, but in doing so just releases his grip on the ball and spills it.

Ireland 27-7 Argentina, 50 minutes

15:29 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Argentina are beginning to fray at the edges. Ignacio Calles puts his shoulder into Joey Carbery as the Ireland fly-half chases a kick and gives the referee a guilty look as Matthew Carley spots it out of the corner of his eye.

Ireland kick down into Argentina territory and will make changes. Craig Casey and Harry Byrne are on and will unite in the half-backs, while Dan Sheehan’s first job is efficiently performed as he hits his lineout jumper.

PENALTY! IRELAND 27-7 Argentina (Joey Carbery penalty, 49 minutes)

15:27 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Joey Carbery knocks over the penalty to add three more to Ireland’s score.

YELLOW CARD! Pablo Matera is sent to the sin bin! Ireland 24-7 Argentina, 48 minutes

15:26 , Harry Latham-Coyle

It is! Pablo Matera had slapped the ball down as Caelan Doris had looked to flick the ball on to Conor Murray, who was all set to shimmy through quite a wide gap.

There’s just enough cover to prevent a penalty try but TMO Tom Foley and referee Matt Carley concur that Matera should be shown a yellow card. There are limited complaints from the back rower as Carley waves it in his vague direction.

Ireland 24-7 Argentina, 47 minutes

15:24 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Off goes Ryan Baird! The young Leinsterman is quite the sight in the open field, like a basketball player leading a fast break with comically large strides and plenty of gas! He absolutely rampages away from the Argentina defensive line from the edge of his own 22 and ends up being pulled down inside the Argentina red area.

Ireland keep on going, sharp offloading handling, and that went forward from an Argentine hand! Is that deliberate?

Ireland 24-7 Argentina, 46 minutes

15:22 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A total misthrow and Ireland charge away! Julian Montoya’s darts haven’t flown particularly well today and he again misses the mark as Argentina prepare to set a maul.

Another penalty against Ireland allows him another chance but this time he overthrows, and Ireland this time clear with more certainty.

Ireland 24-7 Argentina, 45 minutes

15:21 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Lucio Cinti does outstandingly well to stay infield as Caelan Doris and Robert Baloucoune combine to try and drive the Olympic bronze medallist into touch, somehow contorting his long frame entirely in the field of play and allowing Argentina to continue on.

They play infield for two more phases before Ronan Kelleher’s hands flop beyond the ball as he tries to force a holding on penalty - rightly penalised and Argentina revisit that left corner.

Two changes for the visitors first: Gonzalo Bertranou is on at scrum-half and Ignacio Calles at loosehead.

Ireland 24-7 Argentina, 44 minutes

15:19 , Harry Latham-Coyle

This will be another good attacking chance for Argentina, though - Ireland knock-on after the lineout and Tomas Cubelli will put into the scrum on the edge of the Ireland 22.

Ireland 24-7 Argentina, 43 minutes

15:18 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Argentina spread the ball to width but it is all a bit all over the place with passes on the back shoulder meaning that Ireland are able to drift reasonably easily. Robert Baloucoune clings on to Lucio Cinti and his backwards place dribbles into touch.

Ireland 24-7 Argentina, 42 minutes

15:17 , Harry Latham-Coyle

“Use it!” cries Matthew Carley as the Argentina maul is stalled, and Tomas Cubelli does. But Ireland are well set defensively, Tadhg Furlong twice producing forceful hits and nearly allowing a teammate to steal in for a turnover on the jackal.

Ireland 24-7 Argentina, 41 minutes

15:16 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Remarkable strength from Ronan Kelleher to hold O’Mahony high above his head as the flanker claims the kick-off and nearly overbalances.

Ireland soon infringe, though, and Argentina kick towards the left corner for a lineout inside the Ireland 22.

The second half is underway!

15:15 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The players are back out there

15:14 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Francisco Gomez Kodela turns down his collar as he and his Argentina teammates re-emerge.

Unsurprisingly, Peter O’Mahony appears to be the Ireland captain with James Ryan off. Ryan Baird, having received a late call-up to the matchday squad, replaced Ryan in the second row.

Right into a brick wall...and through it!

15:09 , Harry Latham-Coyle

HT: Ireland 24-7 Argentina

15:07 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A funny sort of half to assess. Argentina probably deserve to be closer on the scoreboard and might well have been had Mateo Carreras not mishandled within sniffing distance of the line, but Ireland have taken their three tries strongly with plenty of close-in punch. There were also those two strange, simple missed kicks from Emiliano Boffelli that would have made this a much tighter contest.


15:02 , Harry Latham-Coyle

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Ireland 24-7 Argentina, 40 minutes

15:00 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Bad news for Ireland in the wake of that try - James Ryan has been taken off receiving treatment and Ireland’s captain will take no further part.

Tadhg Furlong picks and goes cleverly from a ruck as the clock ticks into the red but an Ireland kick finds touch and that will be the end of the first forty minutes...

TRY! IRELAND 24-7 Argentina (Caelan Doris try, 38 minutes)

14:58 , Harry Latham-Coyle

How about that for a finish from Caelan Doris? After Baloucoune makes another burst, Doris is invited on a short line from deep and into two Argentina defenders the number eight charges.

He is absolutely rocked in a collision that reverberates around the Aviva, Pablo Matera and Francisco Gomez Kodela giving Doris some free chiropractic work to the ribs, but somehow maintains his feet, regathers himself and goes again into the space that the pair have left.

An apparently winded Doris survives two more tacklers and manages to dot down. Another Joey Carbery conversion further widens the Ireland lead.

Ireland 17-7 Argentina, 36 minutes

14:55 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Can Ireland capitalise before half-time on that Argentina near miss? That’ll help! An outstanding claim from James Lowe as he chases a kick and wins it back for Ireland.

On the other side, Robert Baloucoune gets his first chance in the open field and he nearly burns Lucio Cinti on the outside.

Ireland 17-7 Argentina, 34 minutes

14:54 , Harry Latham-Coyle

DROPPED WITH THE LINE IN SIGHT! After brother Santiago shimmies through a gap after taking a high ball to make an initial burst for Argentina, Mateo Carreras teleports into space beside a ruck with Ireland’s guard and bodyguard out of alignment.

Carreras bursts away from Conor Murray with another of those nasty exaggerated steps, but an immense recovering half-tackle rom Andrew Porter just knocks him off stride. now awkward gait knocks the ball free of his fingertips, and the chance is gone!

To rub salt into the wound, Carreras has done himself a mischief, too, and it close to tears as he is forced from the field with an apparent leg injury. That means a debut for Facundo Cordero.

MISSED PENALTY! Ireland 17-7 Argentina, 32 minutes

14:50 , Harry Latham-Coyle

This is bang in front, 40 metres out..missed again! Pushed to the right this time! How costly might those misses be if it remains tight?

Ireland 17-7 Argentina, 30 minutes

14:50 , Harry Latham-Coyle

This has been an oddly uneven first half that hasn’t quite burst into life. Julian Montoya puts a good shot into the chest of Garry Ringrose as the centre hunts a gap after Ireland win the ball back.

Two phases later it is Montoya again! This time the Argentina captain is over the ball sharply as Andrew Porter is isolated, and there are myriad penalties that Matt Carley can choose from there. Holding on and a neck roll are the two most obvious - Argentina to have another shot at goal. It’s a simple one, but after that last Emiliano Boffelli miss the ledger isn’t being updated just yet...

Ireland 17-7 Argentina, 29 minutes

14:47 , Harry Latham-Coyle

More lineout pressure from Ireland but this time Peter O’Mahony lands on the wrong side after competing, taking out both the jumper and the lifter and duly penalised.

Ireland 17-7 Argentina, 28 minutes

14:47 , Harry Latham-Coyle

That’s an excellent kick from Joey Carbery. Ireland had looked to be playing a little aimlessly inside their own territory but the fly-half produces a low skidder that skips over the Aviva Stadium surface some 30 metres after landing and into touch just outside the Argentina 22. Not quite a 50:22 but a switch of field position.

MISSED PENALTY! Ireland 17-7 Argentina, 27 minutes

14:45 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Inexplicable! A clean enough connection but, like a misread putt, this starts left and stays left. That’s a bit of a shocker from the big-booted Boffelli.

Ireland 17-7 Argentina, 26 minutes

14:44 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Beefy enough stuff from Argentina’s front row, who don’t quite draw a penalty but do create space for first Tomas Cubelli and then Pablo Matera to explore around the fringes. Argentina make further progress and this time Matt Carley has seen an offence, Andrew Porter failing to clearly release.

Just right of the uprights and inside the 22 - this should be no bother for Emiliano Boffelli.

Ireland 17-7 Argentina, 25 minutes

14:42 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Just as after the first try, Argentina’s restart is good but the ball just spills forward from the hands of the leaping chaser.

Ireland then do similarly after a kicking exchange and it will be the visitors who will have the put in to a central scrum about 35 metres from the Irish line.

TRY! IRELAND 17-7 Argentina (Andrew Porter try, 24 minutes)

14:40 , Harry Latham-Coyle

But Ireland won’t need it! Close-in carrying with plenty of punch and Andrew Porter makes the most forthright drive beneath the posts, given a healthy shunting from behind from a pair of arriving teammates including Caelan Doris, and able to get the ball to ground.

Joey Carbery converts simply.

Ireland 10-7 Argentina, 22 minutes

14:39 , Harry Latham-Coyle

This time the maul doesn’t quite get rumbling in quite the same destructive manner but Ronan Kelleher is still able to break from the back of it and get to within a couple of metres.

Penalty advantage is coming...

Ireland 10-7 Argentina, 21 minutes

14:38 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Another outstanding Ireland move down the left! Stable set-piece ball allows Ireland to pile numbers to an invitingly large blindside and efficient handling puts James Lowe away.

He offloads infield and after Conor Murray is hauled down five out, Argentina infringe again as Ireland begin to build momentum. We’ve seen these pictures before - Ireland kick for the corner.

Ireland 10-7 Argentina, 20 minutes

14:37 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Argentina play into midfield off the top but Matias Moroni has to check slightly on the pass, allowing Josh van der Flier and Joey Carbery to meet him on the back foot. Carbery goes low and begins to drive the centre back while van der Flier cannily attacks the ball, raking it free. Ireland scrum, perhaps fortuitously, as that looked a pretty clear rip backwards from the Ireland flanker.

Ireland 10-7 Argentina, 19 minutes

14:35 , Harry Latham-Coyle

And when Andrew Porter is deemed the cause of the collapse, Argentina will have a penalty and kick into the Ireland half.

Ireland 10-7 Argentina, 18 minutes

14:35 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ireland soon turn over more untidy lineout ball for Argentina and look to exploit in transition, Josh van der Flier’s leg-drive outstanding as he busts out of a tackle and is eventually dragged back by Santiago Grondona, like a racehorse trainer snatching the reins of a runaway thoroughbred.

A shame! Just as Ireland began to really threaten and set-up something intriguing to the right, Conor Murray gets over-excited and fails to gather fully at the base of a ruck. Knock on, Argentina feed.

Ireland 10-7 Argentina, 16 minutes

14:32 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ireland kick down into the 22 once more and this time Ronan Kelleher carries around on the arc from the back of a fake maul, toppling over a tackler but maintaining possession even as he tumbles awkwardly.

Good defence from Argentina, rushing up with swift linespeed and not allowing Ireland to gain momentum. Eventually, Tadhg Furlong’s mitts prove not quite sticky enough and Argentina have both the ball and a knock-on advantage, which they won’t need having thumped the ball downfield.

James Lowe eventually wins the game of ensuing kick tennis with another of those raking left-footed clearances to somewhere near halfway.

Ireland 10-7 Argentina, 14 minutes

14:30 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Santiago Carreras’ life flashes before his eyes as a half charge down from Ireland means Tadhg Furlong is suddenly onside far in front of the ball and ready to deliver a hammering to the fly-half as he gathers. Thankfully for Carreras he is in the air as Furlong arrives, but he is nonetheless quickly engulfed by green-shirted bodies and is forced to hold on.

Ireland 10-7 Argentina, 13 minutes

14:29 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ireland, as is their wont, twice nearly hold up Argentina carriers as their defence aligns well and force the visitors’ to kick slow ball.

Conor Murray takes that kick well in the backfield, and produces a box kick of his own soon after which Argentina tap back on their side.

TRY! IRELAND 10-7 Argentina (Ronan Kelleher try, 11 minutes)

14:28 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A powerful maul drive and Kelleher flops over! The hooker hit Tadhg Beirne, who had nicked that previous Argentina throw, in the middle of the lineout and quickly swept around to the back of a maul already gathering steam.

Kelleher wraps his arms tightly around the ball and follows the rumbling mass as it angles infield with plenty enough potency to get over the line. Joey Carbery adds the extra two.

Ireland 3-7 Argentina, 9 minutes

14:25 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Another lineout misfire from Montoya, this time with Ireland getting hands to his throw and slapping it back on their side.

Josh van der Flier nearly hustles through a half-gap before Peter O’Mahony is hit hard, but opportunities present themselves as Ireland spin it to the left!

Ronan Kelleher sprints down the tramlines having lurked as the end-man on the line and his offload inside is a good one. Argentina infringe at the next ruck and are penalised - Ireland kick to the corner for a five metre lineout...

Ireland 3-7 Argentina, 8 minutes

14:23 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A well directed deep restart forces Hugo Keenan to backpedal into touch inside his 22, and Argentina will throw a lineout.

Julian Montoya claps his hands in frustration - his throw was slightly off-kilter and competing Irish hands make it clear to the officiating team. Not straight, Ireland scrum feed, from which they win a free kick and can clear in comfort.

PENALTY! IRELAND 3-7 Argentina (Joey Carbery penalty, 6 minutes)

14:22 , Harry Latham-Coyle

From bang in front, 35 metres out...

Over it goes. Ireland on the board.

Ireland 0-7 Argentina, 5 minutes

14:21 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Better from Ireland. After a short Tomas Cubelli boxed clearance, the home side attack in a structured manner for the first time and challenge Argentina, who are forced to catch a carrier with a high tackle and also infringe at the breakdown. James Ryan points at the posts; Joey Carbery beckons for the tee...

TRY! Ireland 0-7 ARGENTINA (Mateo Carreras try, 3 minutes)

14:20 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A scorching start from Argentina! Ireland are punctured through the middle by a good carry from Thomas Gallo, and the prop’s arms are free for an offload, Santiago Grondona providing good support.

The blindside puts it in the hands of Mateo Carreras, who produces a vicious right-foot step back to the inside and weaves between retreating Irish would-be tacklers.

The conversion is good - Argentina into an early lead.

Ireland 0-0 Argentina, 2 minutes

14:18 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A free kick at the lineout and Argentina put something up into the Dublin crowds, which Lowe does well to take under a reasonable amount of pressure. Conor Murray clears long with his box kick but Argentina run it back to inside the Ireland half.

Ireland 0-0 Argentina, 1 minute

14:17 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ireland run Argentina’s first clearance back but Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose mishandle on the switch, the outside centre knocking on.

Argentina then kick the advantage away into the Irish backfield and James Lowe has plenty of time to pick his spot and punt for the touchline. Argentina will throw a lineout on halfway.


14:16 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Referee Matt Carley blows his whistle and Joey Carbery kicks off - Ireland against Argentina has begun. The final 80 minutes of the Autumn Nations Series are underway.


14:15 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ahh - more Irish team news drama. Iain Henderson was conspicuous by his absence from the Ireland line singing the anthems and it appears the lock has been ruled out in the final moments before kick-off.

Tadhg Beirne starts with Nick Timoney now among the substitutes.

“The Soldier’s Song” and “Ireland’s Call"

14:13 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ireland, of course, get the chance to belt out two sets of lyrics, and do so with more understated emotion, though Peter O’Mahony and Tadhg Furlong bow their heads and close their eyes as they join their teammates in answering “Ireland’s Call”.

Robbie Henshaw is another with eyes closed as the camera pans across the centre’s face - this is his first appearance since the Lions series in South Africa. What dents can he make?

Argentine National Anthem

14:10 , Harry Latham-Coyle

There are tears in the eyes of a number of the Argentina players as the first beats of the Argentine National Anthem play, Tomas Lavanini’s particularly moistened.

Out come the players

14:09 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The two sets of players emerge from the Aviva Stadium tunnel, Ireland led by James Ryan, clutching a scrum cap in his left hand and roared on by the crowd. Peter O’Mahony makes more gentle passage onto the turf at the back of the line - a good chance for the veteran flanker having earned a late promotion to the starting side. The lineout battle could be intriguing against a lanky Argentina back five forward unit.

Happy memories for Argentina...

14:04 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Argentina head coach Mario Ledesma speaks to Channel 4

14:01 , Harry Latham-Coyle

“We really enjoyed analysing [Ireland’s win over New Zealand] - there weren’t too many weaknesses that we found from it.

“It is a great challenge to be here against this great team. It’s been a great week over here.

“We’ve really aligned this last couple of weeks and we want to close the year in a great fashion. We are going to give it a good crack today.”

Clocking in at the office

13:58 , Harry Latham-Coyle

This could be rather entertaining. The Pumas have been on the road for months and months but will know that they can return home after this weekend, which might just give them a bit of added energy and emphasis, and this Ireland side will be playing an upbeat tune after that win over the All Blacks.

Mike Catt’s attack has really clicked in the last few weeks, and Robert Baloucoune adds even more X-factor on the wing.

About last week...

13:50 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Right, there’s less than half an hour until kick-off in Dublin, with the stands just beginning to fill behind the great glass expanses of the Aviva Stadium.

Need a refresher of what happened last time out for Ireland?

Player to watch - Julian Montoya

13:42 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Argentina have a mighty fine captain of their own, of course. Julian Montoya has taken Agustin Creevy’s mantle and arguably expanded upon it, pushing for recognition as perhaps the most complete hooker in the world with a string of star-turns both for the Pumas and at Leicester. Sharp over the ball, strong through contact and canny at the back of a maul, if Argentina are going to produce what would be an upset at the Aviva then you would suspect Montoya may be at the heart of it.


Player to watch - James Ryan

13:36 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Let’s take a moment to focus on the stand-in Ireland captain. James Ryan leads Ireland from the second row this afternoon and will bring to an end a year of ups and downs internationally for the lock.

It would have been virtually inconceivable two years ago that Ryan would fail to make a British and Irish Lions selection that eventually included six locks, but an ill-timed dip in form and some mild doubts over his physicality were enough to count Ryan out of Warren Gatland’s travelling party for South Africa.

Yet Ryan, perhaps with a point to prove was utterly outstanding in victory over New Zealand and will be hoping to continue his resurgent form this afternoon as captain.

Ireland arrive

13:27 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Player to watch - Lucio Cinti

13:25 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Argentina aren’t short of outside backs at the moment and they appear to have unearthed another gem in Lucio Cinti. Bound for London Irish and the conclusion of this Autumn Nations Series, the long-striding Cinti was one of a group of Youth Olympics gold medallists who helped power an excellent Argentina Sevens outfit to bronze in Tokyo this summer, with Ignacio Mendy and Marcos Moneta similarly making huge impacts in Japan.

Cinti, who can also play in the centres, should develop nicely at the Brentford Community Stadium, where London Irish have recruited a little group of South Americans including former Pumas captain Agustin Creevy. Argentina often look at their best when playing with a certain vibrancy and this is an exceptionally attacking backline that might relish an open contest if Ireland are willing to dance.

Player to watch - Joey Carbery

13:17 , Harry Latham-Coyle

It is a big day for Carbery, making only his ninth Ireland start in the absence of the injured skipper Johnny Sexton. After such injury woe it would be great to see such a talented fly-half get a real clear run over the next couple of years. He’ll have a chance against an Argentina defence that can at times leave spaces to exploit and an opposite number still figuring out his game at fly-half.

“I never worked with him when he had his best [form], so I’m still learning about Joey myself,” said Ireland attack coach Mike Catt of Carbery.

“But over the summer and the past three or four weeks we’ve had together, him and Harry [Byrne] and Johnny have been exceptional in how they’ve progressed, in how they’ve helped each other and how they’re competing against each other for those spots.

“It’s a very, very healthy environment for that to happen. [Carbery’s] hopefully going to get a few opportunities today to really do what he’s good at and go out and enjoy himself.”

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Ireland begin to build

13:11 , Harry Latham-Coyle

It’s been a largely encouraging year for Andy Farrell, with the head coach’s vision for his version of Ireland beginning to crystallise as he looks to build towards 2023. It always looked a tough job in Dublin, following a figure as influential and particular as Joe Schmidt, but Ireland have now won seven straight and have every chance of finishing the autumn unbeaten with another win this afternoon.

Joey Carbery’s return to fitness and form is a particular boon for the Ireland head coach, and Farrell has begun to blend youth and experience effectively. There is plenty to be optimistic about, certainly.

5 talking points as Ireland aim to keep winning run going in Argentina clash

Team News - Argentina

13:02 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The visitors, meanwhile, make three changes from their win over Italy last weekend. Mario Ledesma has gone for a back five reshuffle of his own with Guido Petti and Santiago Grondona called in to the side and Marcos Kremer shifting into the back row having provided locking timber last time out.

Santiago Carreras is allowed another chance to develop at fly-half but Santiago Cordero is absent, allowing Olympic sevens star Lucio Cinti to start on the left wing. Cordero’s younger brother Facundo, blessed with similarly savage stepping feet, could make his debut in the back three from the bench.

Team News - Ireland

12:58 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Kick-off in Dublin is still a little while away, but there’s a bit of early team news to get to with Ireland forced into a late change. Jack Conan has been ruled out through injury which necessitates a back row reshuffle - Caelan Doris, so impressive in that win over the All Blacks last weekend, moves to his preferred number eight slot with Peter O’Mahony promoted to the starting side at six. The long-limbed Ryan Baird comes on to the bench.

The headline news from Ireland’s selection on Friday had been the inclusion of Robbie Henshaw, finally ready to make a first appearance of the season and replacing Bundee Aki, who has an injury. Similarly stricken are Johnny Sexton and Jamison Gibson-Park so Andy Farrell’s swaps his Leinster half-backs for a Munster pairing in Conor Murray and Joey Carbery.

Robert Baloucoune gets an opportunity to impress on the right wing, while Andrew Porter continues at loosehead as Ireland try and maximise the impact of their pair of outstanding props, with Tadhg Furlong on the tighthead.

Ireland vs Argentina

12:52 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ireland vs Argentina

12:51 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Today’s encounter is the final match of an Autumn Nation Series that properly came to life yesterday with a group of gripping fixtures and plenty of twists and turns. Can Argentina and Ireland sign off their autumns with something equally spectacular at the Aviva Stadium?

Ireland vs Argentina

11:55 , Lawrence Ostlere

Ireland are taking on Argentina today in their final match of the autumn international series hoping to back-up that stunning performance against New Zealand last weekend with another victory. Ireland thrashed Japan 60-5 before their 29-20 win over the All Blacks, and have the chance to make it a clean sweep of wins from their three Test matches in Dublin here.

But Argentina arrive hoping to catch Andy Farrell’s side out, a danger felt by Garry Ringrose, who has pointed to history to back his belief that they simply cannot “hang a hat on” their recent success over the All Blacks. Argentina stormed past Italy last weekend and ought to provide another tough test.

Scrum-half Conor Murray comes in for the injured Jamison Gibson-Park and partners Munster teammate Joey Carbery, who replaces injured captain Johnny Sexton. Centre Robbie Henshaw, an ever-present for the Lions in South Africa, is back in place of Bundee Aki, while Ulster winger Robert Baloucoune bags a second cap on the right wing as Andrew Conway drops out.

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