In Dublin, Ireland beat Los Pumas 53-7, who closed the year with a defeat. The locals managed to impose themselves quickly thanks to the effectiveness of their pack, which knew how to contain the attacks of the Argentines and was effective in each attack.
The Pumas took to the court with the intention of playing more with the backs and using the width of the court. This idea seemed to bear fruit in the first minutes, as the team led by Mario Ledesma got the try five minutes after kicking off the game. A great collective play, which included two offloads by Thomas Gallo and Santiago Grondona, ended with a great run of Mateo Carrera, who supported under the sticks and left the conversion served to Santiago Carreras.
However, what he anticipated to be a positive start for Los Pumas, ended up being a heap of errors that Ireland did not forgive. Small losses of the ball triggered great advances by the locals, who achieved two successes in a row through their forwards. First with a maul try supported by Ronan Kelleher and then with as much of Andrew Porter, who received meters from the ingoal and managed to get away from the tackle to score.
That second got a reaction from Los Pumas, who began to reduce unforced errors and began to lend a little more the ball with Ireland. Despite this, those led by Mario Ledesma they failed to materialize that improvement on the scoreboard. Just a good cut from Mateo Carreras, who to make matters worse was injured, who lost his balance and control of the ball within meters of the ingoal.
Ireland once again took advantage of all the points that their rival failed to materialize. The local counterattacked and forced Los Pumas once again to play more in defense than in attack. A pure power input of Caelan doris, who held three Argentine tackles, culminated in a try in the eighth that stretched the lead 17 heading into halftime.
The second half began with errors in both teams and little danger near the ingoal. The Pumas managed to be the most dangerous in the first minutes but their two attacks were diluted after two bad starts from the line. Once the ball was recovered, and with Argentina playing with one less for Matera’s yellow card, Ireland did not forgive. First with another penalty of Joey carbery and then with the try of Josh van der Flier.
Already with the game too uphill, Los Pumas suffered the expulsion of Tomás Lavanini. Ireland kept scoring points and keeping their ingoal intact in the second half. Repeating the formula of the short game within meters of the ingoal, the local team scored three more conquests. First through Dan sheehan, then with Cyan Healy and finally Ryan baird, whose try was the only one that Joey Carbery did not convert.
IRELAND: 1- Andrew Porter, 2- Rónan Kelleher, 3- Tadhg Furlong, 4- Ryan Baird, 5- James Ryan (c), 6- Peter O’Mahony, 7- Josh van der Flier, 8- Caelan Doris, 9 Conor Murray , 10- Joey Carbery, 11- James Lowe, 12- Robbie Henshaw, 13- Gary Ringrose, 14- Robert Baloucoune, 15- Hugo Keenan.
Substitutes: 16- Dan Sheehan, 17- Cian Healy, 18- Tom O’Toole, 19- Tadhg Beirne, 20- Iain Henderson, 21- Craig Casey, 22- Harry Byrne, 23. Keith Earls.
THE PUMAS: 1- Thomas Gallo, 2- Julián Montoya (C), 3- Francisco Gómez Kodela, 4- Guido Petti, 5- Tomás Lavanini, 6- Santiago Grondona, 7- Marcos Kremer, 8- Pablo Matera, 9- Tomás Cubelli, 10 – Santiago Carreras, 11- Mateo Carreras, 12- Jerónimo de la Fuente, 13- Matías Moroni, 14- Lucio Cinti, 15- Emiliano Boffelli.
Substitutes: 16- Facundo Bosch, 17- Ignacio Calles, 18- Eduardo Bello, 19- Lucas Paulos, 20- Facundo Isa, 21- Gonzalo Bertranou, 22- Nicolás Sánchez, 23- Facundo Cordero.
FIRST TIME POINTS: 2´ Try by Mateo Carreras and conversion by Emiliano Boffelli (LP), 6´ Penalty by Joey Carbery (I), 10´ Try Ronan Kelleher and conversion by Joey Carbery (I), 23´ Try by Andrew Porter and conversion by Joey Carbery (I), 37´ Caelan Doris and conversion of Joey Carbery (I)
PARTIAL RESULT: Ireland 24-7 The Pumas
SECOND TIME POINTS: 48´ Penalty by Joey Carbery, 57´ Try by Josh van der Flier and conversion by Joey Carbery (I), 66´ Try by Dan Sheehan and conversion by Joey Carbery (I), 72´ Try by Cian Healy and conversion by Joey Carbery (I), 75´ Try by Ryan Baird (I)
CARDS: 48´ yellow for Pablo Matera (LP), 59´ red for Tomás Lavannini (LP)
BASKETBALL COURT: Aviva Stadium