|Photo: UAR Martin Seras Lima|
The final game of the year and the most important in terms of the IRB World Rankings has not started well for Argentina with Ireland dominating the first half of the match at Dublin´s Aviva Stadium and leading 24-9. The home side ran in four tries and made Argentina look like a Tier Two side. The Irish were so impressive that the team had 71% of possession and was able to steal Argentine lineout ball. Ireland was able to easily get around the park with the Pumas frontfive playing especially poor. Eusebio Guiñazú and Julio Farías Cabello being a shadow of themselves in The Rugby Championship. The key to the tries was offloading as Ireland was able to keep the ball alive and change direction to, at times, embarrass the South Americans. Winger Craig Gilroy scored the first try after ten minutes as he easily got past some poor tackles. Flyhalf Johnny Sexton similarly got past defenders by simply using his feet while South African born hooker Richardt Strauss and fullback Simon Zebo also scored tries that made Argentina look ordinary.
Should Argentina not be able to improve in the secondhalf then it will drop out of Band 2 and be forced into a much tougher draw for Rugby World Cup 2015. Headcoach Santiago Phelan will be certain to make some changes shortly. Agustín Creevy could possibly enter straight away.