Ireland host Argentina in Dublin on Saturday and the Irish bring a formidable home record into the November rugby internationals.
Ireland v Argentina, Saturday 10th November, Dublin, KO 20:30 (South African time)
Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)
Assistant refs: Angus Gardner (Australia), Ludovic Cayre (France)
TMO: David Grashoff (England)
Weather Forecast – Dublin
Ireland fielded a number of fringe players in Chicago against Italy last week and they dished out 54-7 hiding to their opponents. They led 14-7 at the interval and powered away in the second half but we can expect a much changed line up here.
It’s been an excellent calendar year for the Irish which began with them landing a Grand Slam in the 6 Nations which included 3 home wins and was sealed with a 25-14 victory over England at Twickenham.
In June they suffered their only defeat this year in the second test against the Wallabies in Australia but they won the first and third matches on that tour to seal a series win.
Ireland have won 12 and lost 1 of their last 13 test matches in Dublin with the All Blacks 21-9 victory in 2016 the only blemish. Going back 12 months they thrashed the Boks 38-3 and beat Los Pumas 28-19.
After this Ireland will host the All Blacks and finally USA
Argentina’s horror show in home defeats to Wales (twice) and Scotland in June led to a change in coach and they looked a very different proposition in the Rugby Championship. They won 2 matches in that tournament, at home to the Boks and away to the Wallabies but in their final match they coughed up a commanding half time lead to lose the return with Australia in Salta 45-34.
In the November internationals of 2017 Los Pumas lost 21-8 to England before beating Italy 31-15 and they finished with the defeat in Dublin.
Argentina have lost 6 of the last 7 against the Irish but the 1 victory was memorable, 43-20 in the 2015 World Cup quarter final in Cardiff.
After this Los Pumas visit France and Scotland before taking on the Barbarians at Twickenham
Ireland: 15 Jordan Larmour, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Sean O’Brien, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 James Ryan, 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rory Best (c), 1 Cian Healy
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Devin Toner, 20 Dan Leavy, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Andrew Conway
Argentina: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicholas Sanchez, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Guido Petti, 6 Pablo Matera (c), 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matias Alemanno, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 18 Lucio Sordoni, 19 Rodrgo Bruni, 20 Thomas Lezana, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 23 Matias Moroni
Most Recent Head to Head (any venue)
2017 INT Dublin Ireland 28–19 Argentina Tries 3-3
2015 RWC Cardiff Ireland 20-43 Argentina Tries 2-4
2014 INT Tucuman Argentina 17-23 Ireland Tries 2-2
2014 INT Resistencia Argentina 17-29 Ireland Tries 2-3
2012 INT Dublin Ireland 46–24 Argentina Tries 7-2
2010 INT Dublin Ireland 29–9 Argentina Tries 2-0
2008 INT Dublin Ireland 17–3 Argentina Tries 1-0
Ireland -16.5 points at 9/10
Argentina +16.5 points at 9/10
Note, odds quoted are an average of what was available at the time of last update but are subject to change.
Personally I don’t like to oppose Ireland on handicaps in Dublin but there is no doubt Argentina are much improved. I’m battling to form an opinion on this one and hence I’m very grateful to Oracle Rugby who is very much in the camp of the visitors. Have a watch of the video below.
Oracle’s Bet: 2 units ( 1-5 unit scale) Argentina +13.5 points at 15/10 BetXchange
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