Where’s the beef? A his­tory of vi­o­lence

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - RUGBY AUTUMN INTERNATIONALS -

Oc­to­ber 2003, Ade­laide Ire­land 16 Ar­gentina 15

Mauricio Reg­gia­rdo and Roberto Grau are sus­pended for eye goug­ing as Alan Quinlan wrecks his shoul­der slam­ming down the try that guar­an­tees progress to the World Cup quar­ter-fi­nal, while deny­ing Los Pu­mas, in a re­ver­sal of what hap­pened in 1999 in Lens.

Novem­ber 2004, Dublin Ire­land 21 Ar­gentina19

Amidst six ac­cu­sa­tions of eye goug­ing (no cit­ings), Ro­nan O’Gara’s heel-toe-click­ing drop goal cel­e­bra­tion en­rages the vis­i­tors who counter claim un­sports­man­like con­duct, lev­elled by Pi­chot against O’Driscoll for com­plain­ing to the ref­eree, as the an­i­mos­ity spills into the post match al­co­hol-fu­elled func­tion.

Septem­ber 2007, Paris Ar­gentina 30 Ire­land 15

The pro­vin­cial con­flict be­tween Le­in­ster’s Felipe Con­tepomi and Mun­ster duo De­nis Leamy and Ro­nan O’Gara is a brief sub­plot as Juan Martín Her­nan­dez stuns the Celtic Tiger crowd with three drops goals to put Ire­land out of their World Cup mis­ery.

Oc­to­ber 2015, Cardiff Ar­gentina 43 Ire­land 20

No nig­gle, not a trace of bad blood, just a se­verely weak­ened Ir­ish XV – with Sexton, O’Con­nell and O’Ma­hony in­jured by the French and Seán O’Brien sus­pended for touch­ing Pas­cal Pape – cut to pieces by Ar­gen­tine pace and panache.

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