Injuries put damper on Ireland win over Pumas
IRELAND ARGENTINA 28 17
IRELAND laboured to a patchy 28-17 victory over Argentina in Dublin, losing Sean O’Brien and Kieran Marmion to serious-looking injuries.
Marmion, Bundee Aki and Luke McGrath scored Ireland’s tries as the Six Nations champions started their November campaign-proper with a staccato win over the stubborn Pumas.
Wing Bautista Delguy crossed for Argentina, who edged ahead in the second half through Nicolas Sanchez’s third penalty, before Ireland battled back as Johnny Sexton finished with 13 points.
Joe Schmidt’s men lost flanker O’Brien to an arm injury and scrum-half Marmion to a leg concern, though – and that after Robbie Henshaw had pulled up in the warm-up with a minor hamstring complaint.
Ireland could now be without British and Irish Lions Test star O’Brien and Marmion for next weekend’s Dublin clash with New Zealand.
“It was a real test match, really arduous,” said Schmidt. “They were hard at the back, hard off the ruck and hard off the line and really squeezed us.
“There’s lots to work on. It’s not as surprising as, I suppose, it would have been had we had a full preparation or we hadn’t had late changes.
“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.”