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Ireland v Argentina - LIVE
Full time IRELAND 29 - ARGENTINA 9
81 CONVERSION, O'GARA. 29-9. That's it! IRELAND WIN. The hosts get the result they wanted, but it wasn't the performance the home fans were hoping for. Thanks for joining us - cheers!
80 TRY, IRELAND, D'ARCY. 27-9. Gordon D'Arcy seals the win for Ireland with a neat chip over the top over the Puma's defence. He collects his own kick to touch down.
79 O'Gara chips ahead, Bowe can't get there but Earls gets his hands in front of Agulla's as they dive onto the ball in-goal. Is it a try? The TMO says....NO! Knock-on.
78 Argentina pick and drive their way deep into the Irish 22. It's not very pretty. Once again the ball is lost on the ground and O'Gara can send the blue and white jerseys back to the half-way line.
76 After a slow start to the half, Argentina have enjoyed 70 per cent of the possession in the second period. The truth be told, they've never really threatened the Irish try-line.
74 Keith Earls and Andrew Trimble combine to break down the left hand touchline after some sloppy handling from the Pumas gives possession away in the Irish 22. The attackers make it to the half-way line before being bundled out.
72 Argentina try to run their way out of their own half but get nowhere. Eventually Marcelo Bosch puts ball to boot. Murphy's reply doesn't go very far and the Pumas are back on the attack.
70 Ireland have been rather disappointing in the second half, it must be said. Ronan O'Gara comes on for Sexton to guide Ireland home.
68 PENALTY, ARGENTINA, CONTEPOMI. 22-9. Damien Varley gives away a silly penalty by hanging on at the ruck, right in front of the posts.
66 PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON. 22-6. Sexton thumps a 50m penalty to extend the hosts lead. Surely that's enough for victory?
65 Denis Leamy comes on for Ferris. Ireland's scrum get them out of jail by winning a penalty on their 22. Sexton finds touch near half way but Albacete steals it back at the line-out!
63 A horrible mistake from Contepomi who fails to find touch from a penalty. But Ireland simply kick the ball back and allow Argentina to attack again!
61 Ireland have been guilty of kicking all their possession away over the last ten minutes. Poor kicking out of hand has allowed Argentina to gain some momentum and the visitors are growing more and more expansive.
59 PENALTY, ARGENTINA, CONTEPOMI. 19-6. The Toulon fly-half finds the mark from 35m
57 Argentina continue to ply the pressure. They've had all the possession over the last six or seven minutes. Penalty! The Irish are off their feet.
55 Argentina string a couple of phases together and build into the Irish 22. Cabello fumbles and D'Arcy hacks it ahead. Gonzalez Amorosino launches the counter but he's isolated and Murphy can send play back into the Argentine half.
53 Whoa! A huge scrum from Ireland pushes the Pumas scrum back. Unfortunately the ball comes off the side of Stringer's boot and bounces out.
51 Contepomi does well to bust over the advantage line but Vergallo's pass out wide is forward and a rare chance to attack is wasted by the visitors.
49 Shocker from Murphy who has Tommy Bowe in space on his outside but elects to kick ahead...and then proceeds to hoof it out on the full!
48 Contepomi sends his penalty kick wide. It's not a great day for the Pumas 10 who just doesn't seem to be able to find his rhythm.
46 The Pumas simply can't get their hands on the ball. David Wallace runs into traffic and the ref reckons he hung on too long. Penalty to Argentina. Contepomi kicks for touch. Cian Healy is off side after the line-out...
44 A very positive start for Ireland in the second period as they look to keep ball in hand. A strong scrum allows allowes the back to have another run. O'Driscoll beats two Pumas defenders ...but not the touchline.
42 Here we go for the second half! Ireland look to spread the ball early on but Trimble runs out of space. Brian O'Driscoll tries a bomb but it's gone too far. A green hand knocks on and Argentina have a scrum near half way.
40 PENALTY SEXTON. The half-time siren rings throughout the stadium as Ireland have one last crack before the break and rumble it forward. Argentina give away yet another needless penalty which Sexton bangs over - referee Mark Lawrence blows for the half-time oranges as the Irish head into the sheds 19-3 ahead. See you in a few!
37 Argentina win now with ball in hand as Bosch does the running. Penalty for Ireland as Patricio Albacete comes in from the side. Stringer looks to take quickly but its from the wrong mark. Sexton boots it to touch and Ireland opt for the short line-out.
34 PENALTY SEXTON. Whatever the Pumas do, Ireland can do better as Sexton bangs over another one - the penalty was awarded from an Argentina infringement at the breakdown. 16-3
31 PENALTY CONTEPOMI. Ten minutes until half-time and the visitors remain pointless. We spoke too soon though as Contepomi, who has already missed a drop and a penalty, lines up another attempt 35m out. He didn't strike it well, but it's over! At last, Argentina on the board. 13-3
28 PENALTY SEXTON. Oh dear, it seems the Pumas were offsides. Straight forward for Sexton as Ireland extend the lead.
27 Ireland have it from the line-out and run the ball off the top. Again, they swing it wide as backs and forwards get involved in the movement. It ends in a punishing hit by Juan Fernandez Lobbe on Geordan Murphy who loses the ball forward.
26 The Irish backs again show their mettle with another weaving run from Trimble who has had a storming game thus far. Ball stolen though by flank Julio Farias Cabello, but Nicolas Vergallo mistimes his clearance kick as the ball slides off his boot into touch.
23 Argentina have a chance to reply with some points of their own, but the penalty attempt from Felipe Contepom drifts past the left-hand upright. Flags stay down, Pumas remain scoreless.
20 Sexton with the conversion - and it's good! Super kick from the Ireland pivot, who takes his team out to a 10-0 lead.
19 TRY FERRIS. Ireland on the run after winning their line-out. Sexton throws the Pumas off buy changing direction to the right as Tommy Bowe takes the pass at pace. He links up with Jamie Heaslip who in turn puts fellow loose forward Stephen Ferris away down the right-hand touchline, who gallops over for his second Test try. Wow, Ireland made that look too easy!
16 Once again, its the Pumas forwards who take the initiative and drive the Irish back, but the Pumas indiscipline costs them again - lock Patricio Albacete diving off his feet - which will hand possession back to Ireland as Sexton kicks for touch and sets up the line-out.
13 PENALTY SEXTON. The Irish win a penalty after Genaro Fessia is blown up for hands in the ruck - it's in kickable range for Sexton who doesn't disappoint. First blood to Ireland! 3-0
10 The Irish backs are tearing up the Aviva Stadium pitch as centre Gordon D'Arcy breaks up the middle and turns on the gas. His kick ahead for Trimble to give chase finds Martin Rodriguez at the back, who has no choice but to kick it out.
8 Ireland struggling in the scrums as we approach the third reset. Finally we get some shoving on the go, but Ireland have managed to rotate the scrum 180 and will win the free-kick. That's a massive confidence booster!
5 The Pumas asserting their authority on the Irish in typical forward fashion as the forward pack drives on as far as the Irish line - Mario Ledesma flops down, but it looks like Jamie Heaslip has saved the day for his team after putting his body under the ball. No try - 5m scrum to Argentina.
4 Argentina have turned it over and made some valuable metres upfield - Felipe Contepomi tries a cheeky drop-goal, but it's wide.
2 And we're off as Jonathan Sexton kicks off! The Pumas' forwards take it in and rumble forward, but Ireland turn it over and send it wide straight away. Andrew Trimble slips off one tackle and hands off another, before he's eventually brought down - promising start from the Irish.
0 Welcome to Dublin, where Ireland host Argentina in the final Test match of 2010. Argentina have become a not-so-local nemesis for Ireland, beating their hosts twice on World Cup duty in the past 11 years, as well as winning three of the last four meetings. With the World Cup now under a year away, this game will assume even greater importance for the visitors, who have never afforded Ireland an easy day at the office.
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