In­juries put damper on Ire­land win over Pu­mas

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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.”

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