Seven-try Ireland sweep past Argentina

by 24britishtvNov. 21, 2021, 9 p.m. 19
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Ireland cruised past an ill-disciplined Argentina to claim their eighth straight win and secure a clean sweep in the autumn Tests.

Pablo Matera was sin-binned and Tomas Lavanini sent off as Van der Flier and Dan Sheehan extended Ireland's lead.

Cian Healy and Tadhg Beirne completed the rout as the Irish pack dominated.

It was an occasion that lacked much of the drama and suspense of Ireland's win over the All Blacks, due largely to the fact that the result was never in doubt from the moment Joey Carbery converted Doris' try late in the first half to open up a 17-point advantage.

The resounding result came despite Ireland lacking much of the easy-on-the-eye fluidity that has illuminated recent performances.

However, it was still a highly efficient display from the hosts whose pack totally dominated proceedings, scoring all seven tries in another impressive showing.

Andy Farrell was forced into making two changes to his starting side before kick-off with Peter O'Mahony and Beirne replacing the injured Jack Conan and Iain Henderson.

After the raw emotion of last weekend's win over the All Blacks, the atmosphere on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the Aviva failed to capture the imagination in the same way.

While the better side, Ireland were flattered by their 17 point half-time lead which was down in no small part to the wastefulness of their visitors, who hit the front after three minutes when Thomas Gallo offloaded out of a double-tackle to send Argentina through with numbers on the right.

Wing Carreras finished smartly and should have had another score on 34 minutes having darted through, only to knock the ball on with the try-line beckoning as he tried to fend Andrew Porter.

Emiliano Boffelli also saw two gilt-edged penalty opportunities drift wide of the posts as Argentine points went begging.

While not at their best Ireland by contrast did for the most part take their chances - a trait Farrell has called for when performances are not at the highest level.

Again it was the pack, so impressive in all three games, that set the tone with three first half tries.

First Van der Flier went over from a maul to put Ireland ahead for the first time in the 11th minute before the forwards again picked and went all the way to the line with Porter charging over.

With three minutes to go in the half, Ireland compounded Carreras' knock-on by going up the other end in their best move of the game with James Lowe and Robert Baloucoune making gains on either wing before Doris straightened up and rode a tackle to cross for the hosts' third.

Eight minutes into the half a huge carry from Ryan Baird saw Ireland romp towards the line, with Conor Murray appearing set to glide through a gap only for Matera to deliberately knock-on, prompting referee Matthew Carley to show the number eight a yellow card.

Ireland made their numerical advantage count as they applied continuous pressure in the 22 before van der Flier sniper over for his second.

Frustration boiled over on the hour mark as Lavanini charged shoulder first into Cian Healy at a ruck, leaving Carley with little choice but to send the second row off.

By this stage it was a matter of how many for Ireland, and after Healy lost the ball over the line a fifth try came from replacement hooker Sheehan as he broke off the back of a maul.

Healy did get his try just six minutes later before Beirne wrapped up another satisfactory day for Ireland to take their points total beyond 50.
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