As it Happened: Autumn internationals
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Thanks for reading today. A fairly high-end day of autumn international action, with Ireland's victory putting a warm glow on a disappointing 2012 for Declan Kidney's men. Next up Wales at the Millennium Stadium on 2 February 2013.
So, the IRB rankings after today's games are:
1 New Zealand 2 South Africa 3 Australia 4 France 5 England 6 Ireland 7 Wales 8 Samoa 9 Argentina 10 Italy 11 Tonga 12 Scotland.
However, Wales will drop out of the top eight if they are beaten by Australia next weekend.
FULL-TIME: Wales 10-33 New Zealand. The All Blacks remain unbeaten in 2012.
79 mins: Richie McCaw is named man-of-the-match.
77 mins: Cuthbert crosses for Wales' second try on the right wing, after some clean passing out the line. Halfpenny puts the conversion just wide from the right touchline. Wales 10-33 New Zealand.
FULL-TIME: France 22-14 Samoa.
78 mins: Another Michalak penalty makes the game safe for France in Paris. France 22-14 Samoa.
60 mins: Deliberate knock on by Cory Jane as Leigh Halfpenny offloads outside him. The All Blacks winger is binned.
57 mins: Wales earn a penalty deep in New Zealand territory and kick for the corner. It's taken at four in the lineout, the maul is set and Wales pour through the middle to crash over for the five points through Scott Williams. Halfpenny misses the conversion. Wales 5-33 New Zealand.
71 mins: France move five points clear in Paris - Michalak with another penalty. France 19-14 Samoa.
70 mins: Ten minutes left in Paris and it's still France 16-14 Samoa.
48 mins: Another try for the All Blacks. The team in black spread it wide left and create a 3-1 overlap. Romano receives wide and barges his way over from a few metres out. Cruden converts. Wales 0-33 New Zealand.
42 mins: Another Cruden penalty makes it Wales 0-26 New Zealand.
62 mins: France are back in front in Paris. Michalak with two penalty goals. France 16-14 Samoa.
39 mins: Tony Woodcock touches down after a rehearsed lineout move for New Zealand, Cruden adds two, game over? Wales 0-23.
41 mins: Early blood for Samoa in the second half in Paris - Tekori scores a try and Pisi converts. France 10-14 Samoa.
27 mins: New Zealand go the length of the pitch, put the ball through numerous hands and Liam Messam is on hand to touch down in the corner, brilliant try, Cruden's kick is accurate. Wales 0-16 New Zealand.
24 mins: Cruden adds two more penalties and NZ lead by nine. Wales 0-9 New Zealand.
36 mins: Morgan Parra edges France in front in Paris with a penalty. France 10-7 Samoa.
9 mins: Aaron Cruden with the kick to give New Zealand the lead on nine minutes. Wales 0-3 New Zealand.
Wales and New Zealand are under way at the Millennium Stadium after the long version of the Haka in Cardiff.
19 mins: Samoa have taken an early lead in Paris with a David Lemi try, and Tusi Pisi conversion. But Les Bleus have pegged them back with a try and conversion from Frederic Michalak. France 7-7 Samoa.
France and Samoa are now in action in Stade de France.
So today's tally stands at Northern Hemisphere 1-3 Southern Hemisphere. Two more games to come.
82 mins: Scotland scrum: the European team get the shunt on, but loose the ball, Tonga make a break, but fail to kick the ball out of play and instead run it. They lose the ball and Scotland have one more chance. But Tom Heathcote knocks on. Scotland have been beaten 21-15 by Tonga in Pittodrie on one of the worst days in the history of Scottish rugby.
81 mins: Scotland take a scrum, hoping that Tonga will wheel again and concede the penalty try.
80 mins: Last-minute scrum for Scotland: Penalty Scotland as Tonga wheel around.
79 mins: Scotland are awarded a penalty right in the Tonga corner. Kelly Brown drives for the line, but fails to reach the whitewash.
78 mins: Scotland trail Tonga 21-15 with 'Apikotua having knocked over another penalty.
70 mins: Laidlaw has kicked another two penalties for Scotland. However, Fetu'u Vainikolo has crossed for Tonga's second try. Scotland 15-18 Tonga.
FULL-TIME: ENGLAND 15-16 SOUTH AFRICA.
79 mins: Farrell adds another penalty for England, but it looks too little, too late. England 15-16 South Africa.
View a gallery from Ireland's win here.
Read the match report on Ireland's 46-24 victory over Argentina here.
Up in Murrayfield, north of Hadrian's Wall. Scotland are losing to Tonga. Lua Lokatui has crossed for a five-pointer. Fangatapu 'Apikotua converted to add to his earlier penalty. Greig Laidlaw scored two first-half penalties for Scotland and a third in the second period. Scotland 9-10 Tonga.
73 mins: England win a penalty in front of the Boks sticks, in the 22. Farrell knocks it over. England 12-16 South Africa.
Farrell adds a penalty for England. England 9-16 South Africa.
Over in Twickenham, it's England 6-16 South Africa. Flood has kicked two penalties for England. The Boks have scored a try through Willem Alberts and Pat Lambie has kicked a conversion and three penalties. Just under an hour gone there.
80 mins: Last minute in Florence and Ashley-Cooper makes an intercept for Australia and storms at the Italy line. He is stopped with a last-ditch tackle. Barnes boots the ball clear and Australia scrape to victory in Florence. FULL-TIME: ITALY 19-22 AUSTRALIA.
Cummins got Australia's only try, Robert Barbieri touched down for Italy. The rest was a kicking competition between Orquera and Barnes. Orquera got a conversion and four penalties. Barnes a conversion and three penalties. Kurtley Beale added two further penalties which made all the difference.
Current scores in the other Test matches:
Italy 19-22 Australia 22 (76 minutes)
England 6-16 South Africa (49 minutes)
Scotland 6-3 Tonga (half-time)
Conor O'Shea: "Argentina came here with belief and were obliterated. You have to really enjoy that."
Man of the match Donnacha Ryan: "They all did fantastic, it was a massive team effort in the pack. And the backs gave us lots of go-forward ball. Hopefully we can carry that form into the 6 Nations.
80 mins: TRY - ARGENTINA - LOBBE
Landajo feeds out right as the Pumas fight for their second try. They pummel Ireland as they desperately search for another score. With the Ireland defence drawn to the right, the ball is spun wide left where Lobbe crosses for a score unmarked. O'Callaghan blocks down a drop-goal attempt at the conversion.
Ireland 46-24 Argentina
79 mins: Ireland go wide left with Earls, but are done for holding. The Pumas seize on it and launch an attack of their own. Senatore picks and carries well into the Ireland 22.
77 mins: TRY & CONVERSION - ARGENTINA - LEONARDI & HERNANDEZ
But the Pumas keep on the pressure and just a metre out, Leonardi, with Carizza as heavy support, bashes over for a try. Hernandez converts.
Ireland 46-19 Argentina
76 mins: Pumas attack with Camacho and Creevy up the centre. They're in the Ireland 22. In front of the sticks, they set the ruck and Lobbe picks and goes, O'Callaghan stops him flat.
74 mins: TRY - IRELAND - BOWE & O'GARA
Ireland win the scrum and spin wide right. O'Gara feeds Earls, he chips in behind the Pumas defence, where Zebo then soccer kicks it on further before Bowe, unmarked, pounces on it. O'Gara lands the conversion from wide right.
Ireland 46-12 Argentina
72 mins: Henderson, Reddan and O'Gara are on for O'Mahony, Murray and Sexton.
71 mins: Scrum Ireland: they win it and Sexton chips ahead for Gilroy to chase. The cover is there for Argentina though, I believe Montero, and Hernandez clears.
70 mins: Pumas lineout: they win it and Landajo box kicks to Gilroy. He sets the ruck and the Pumas knock forward as they try to snaffle the ball.
69 mins: Ireland lineout in the Pumas half. But the throw is crooked - the South Americans will take a lineout.
68 mins: Michael Bent is on for Mike Ross.
67 mins: Chris Henry makes a firm tackle on Creevy as the sub tries to assert himself on proceedings. A ruck later Strauss steals a loose ball that rolled out the side, but the Leinster man then fumbles forward.
66 mins: Scrum Pumas: Landajo puts in and the Pumas win it. Pick and go, pick and go, and up to halfway proper for the Argentines.
65 mins: Strauss fails to find O'Mahony and the latter knocks on. Scrum for the Pumas.
65 mins: Penalty Ireland. Sexton kicks to touch and slice it, it only makes halfway.
64 mins: The Pumas shuffle across the backline where Bustos picks from the ruck and heads off on a charge. But play is called back for hands in the ruck. Then, an angered Bustos throws the ball directy into the face of Healy, right in front of the ref. He must go to the sin bin. And referee Peyper agrees. Bustos leaves the field.
63 mins: Ireland lineout on their line: Strauss throw to O'Mahony. Murray box kicks clear to Camacho.
63 mins: McCarthy makes way for O'Callaghan.
63 mins: Tiesi makes a midfield barge. Pumas move wide right and Hernandez grubbers ahead for Camacho to chase. The ball bounces into touch for an Ireland throw.
62 mins: The Pumas win their own lineout and Strauss and McCarthy stop the fringe attacks. A poor pass from Landajo to Sanchez is scooped off the ground by Hernandez as the Pumas try to gather some momentum.
61 mins: The Pumas win a penalty as Ireland infringe at the breakdown. Hernandez bashes the kick to touch deep in the Ireland half.
60 mins: Sexton kicks to touch and Ireland win it, spinning wide left and storming up the wing with Gilroy. But the Pumas do turn over this time.
58 mins: Pumas lineout: Leguizamon wins it and the Pumas maul. They break from the back and try to work their way to the green tryline. They eventually spin wide left to Camacho, he is pinned in a tackle. The Pumas then go wide right, where there is a 3-1 overlap, but the chance is wasted as the passes fail to go to hand. The Pumas then go wide left, where Bowe comes up quick to intercept and just misses it. But Ireland then turn over at the next ruck as Healy comes away with it. Ireland win a penalty for Argentina offside in the next tackle.
57 mins: Pumas win their lineout and go out the line. But they make little to no ground as Henry and Strauss make some superb tackles. Play is brought back though as Ryan is done for pulling down Leguizamon in the lineout. In fact, O'Mahony was the guilty party.
56 mins: Pumas lineout in the Ireland half.
55 mins: Ryan knocks on, his first mistake of the day. Pumas scrum: they win and Sanchez carries up the middle. After a quick recycle the ball is booted deep to Ireland and Gilroy. The winger tries to clear long but slices into touch.
54 mins: Imhoff is off for Manuel Montero.
50 mins: TRY & CONVERSION - IRELAND - SEXTON
Ireland win a penalty in their own half and Sexton boots the ball to touch. Strauss hits Ryan at four in the line and Ireland set the ruck. O'Mahony comes through on the pop pass. D'Arcy is released by Sexton on the left and he uses his low centre of gravity to make excellent ground with a step inside. At the next ruck, Ryan is fed on the blindside and draws the defenders to execute a 2-1 overlap, which sees Sexton stride over for his second try of the day. Sexton adds the conversion from the left touchline with a truly brilliant kick.
Ireland 39-12 Argentina
47 mins: TRY - IRELAND - BOWE
Senatore knocks on from an Ireland punt. Scrum to the European team. Ireland combine in midfield with Sexton, D'Arcy and Gilroy interchanging with beauty. The ruck is set and the ref indicates it's a penalty for Ireland as the Pumas put hands in the ruck. Sexton, knowing advantage is being played, box kicks to the Pumas tryline. Bowe turns on the burners and out sprints Landajo and Imhoff to to get to the egg first and touch down under pressure. Sexton hits the left post with the conversion from wide right.
Ireland 32-12 Argentina
45 mins: PENALTY - IRELAND - SEXTON
Outside the Pumas 22, it's an Ireland scrum: Murray feeds and Heaslip controls. The scrum marches forward. The Pumas are penalised for collapsing the set piece. Sexton will go for goal from the centre of the park, just outside the 22. The Ireland flyhalf makes no mistake.
Ireland 27-12 Argentina
44 mins: The Pumas are done for holding. Henry was the man applying the pressure for Ireland there.
42 mins: PENALTY - ARGENTINA - SANCHEZ
The Pumas then move it wide left, where Bowe fails to roll away and concedes a penalty. Sanchez decides to kick at goal. From the left, he banana kicks it in.
Ireland 24-12 Argentina
41 mins: Play is back underway in Dublin and the Pumas are on the attack. Hernandez takes the ball coming into the line, but fails to do much with it.
Donal Lenihan on Craig Gilroy: "A star is born, we've not seen the likes of this since Denis Hickie or Simon Geoghegan."
George Hook says we have not seen a debut wing performance like Gilroy's since Simon Geoghegan.
In the other games across Europe, Italy trail Australia 6-22. Nick Cummins has scored again, following his try against England last week. Berrick Barnes has kicked the rest of the Wallabies scores so far. Luciano Orquera has kicked two penalties for Italy. It's half-time in Rome.
England and South Africa are 6-6 after 15 minutes. Toby Flood and Pat Lambie have both nailed two penalties each.
Superb 40 minutes from Ireland so far. Four tries and total control. If they can maintain this for 80 minutes, it will be Ireland's best victory since the 2011 Rugby World Cup win over Australia.
HALF-TIME: IRELAND 24-9 ARGENTINA
40 mins: Ireland engage too quick and it's a free-kick for the Pumas. The presentation is poor and the ball is knocked forward. Ireland boot long to Hernandez, the fullback then boots the ball back at Ireland and into touch. That's the last action of the half. Ireland are hunting, trapping and hurting the Pumas. Job half done, 50% more to do.
39 mins: The Pumas are kicked the ball by Ireland. Camacho claims and pops to Leguizamon, who is tackled into touch. Ireland win a scrum for a forward pass in that last interchange. However, the ball is knocked on at the base and the Pumas will now get a put in for another scrum.
37 mins: After some phases of uninspiring play, the ref calls things back for an Argentina penalty. Ireland had set a ruck, but were done for holding on. Sanchez, from near halfway, pushes the penalty wide right.
36 mins: Ireland steal another Pumas lineout and then go bang up the middle with Heaslip and Healy combining well in the loose.
35 mins: TRY - IRELAND - ZEBO
Sexton restarts to Hernandez. He boots back to Sexton who fires an excellent garryowen for Bowe to come and claim, which he does and Ireland find themselves in the Pumas' 22. Ireland recycle well and the ball is fired wide to Zebo on the left, he powers down the line and crashes over for try number four. His first try for Ireland. Sexton hits the post with the conversion from wide left.
Ireland 24-9 Argentina
31 mins: PENALTY - ARGENTINA - SANCHEZ
Ryan wins again in the lineout before the Pumas are given the ball back with aimless kicked ball. Senatore makes a superb half break to the Ireland 22. The Pumas recycle wide right and batter the Ireland defence. The Pumas then go wide left, but make no ground. Play is called back to the centre where offside is called against Ireland's defence. The Pumas decide to take the points, with a penalty just in front of the posts. Sanchez knocks it over.
Ireland 19-9 Argentina
27 mins: Ireland win the lineout and make superb ground with recycles before Los Pumas concede a penalty and Sexton boots that to touch. The lineout is won and Murray feeds McCarthy on the burst off the side of the ruck. The ball is then lost forward to the South Americans and Senatore boots the ball back to halfway.
26 mins: Sanchez has actually passes the concussion test and comes back on for Tiesi.
25 mins: At the ensuing ruck, Los Pumas are penalised for not rolling away. Ireland take a quick tap and go. Gilroy makes a superb burst up the left, before Ireland concede possession and Hernandez boots the ball down to the Ireland half.
24 mins: Ireland again fail to gather the restart and the Pumas seize on this to break down the left wing and into the Ireland 22. They run out of room. Ireland win the lineout and McCarthy wins the throw.
22 mins: TRY - IRELAND - STRAUSS
Ireland win the subsequent lineout. From the back of the line, Strauss controls the maul, before sprinting down the blindside and touching down under pressure from a Puma tackle. The ref goes to the TMO Geoff Warren, who says try. From wide right, on the 22, Sexton skews the conversion wide left.
Ireland 19-6 Argentina
22 mins: Sanchez is given, and fails, a concussion test. He is of for Gonzalo Tiesi.
22 mins: Zebo tries a lovely little grubber kick up the right wing, for Earls to chase onto, the winger adds another soccer kick but the ball is scooped into the arms of Hernandez to take into touch.
21 mins: The Pumas collect the restart and boot to touch. Ireland win the lineout with Ryan at four and D'Arcy carries hard up the middle, with Heaslip rucking over.
19 mins: PENALTY - ARGENTINA - SANCHEZ
Again Ireland concede a penalty directly from the restart, a ruck was formed, and Earls made the tackle, and failed to release before contesting the ball. Sanchez goes for goal from wide left and makes it look easy.
Ireland 14-6 Argentina.
16 mins: TRY & CONVERSION - IRELAND - SEXTON
Ryan wins clean ball and pops off the top. Again Sexton feeds Gilroy on the burst. Ireland recycle and go wide left again, where D'Arcy makes some excellent ground before feeding inside to Sexton. The flyhalf barges his way through two tackles, with Camacho being the last tackler beaten, to touch down for try number two for Ireland. From wide left, on the 22, Sexton bisects the posts for the conversion. Excellent kick.
Ireland 14-3 Argentina.
15 mins: Sexton restarts deep to the Pumas. The ball is cleared to touch.
13 mins: PENALTY - ARGENTINA - SANCHEZ
From the restart Ireland immediately concede a penalty for O'Mahony blocking Zebo as he caught the high ball. Sanchez makes no mistake with his second attempt on goal.
Ireland 7-3 Argentina
12 mins: TRY & CONVERSION - IRELAND - GILROY & SEXTON
Ireland lineout: Ryan wins at four. The maul is set with Healy controlling from the back. Sexon is fed at flyhalf and pops inside to debut boy Gilroy on the 22. The Ulsterman jinks past three tackles to surge over for the game's first try. From just left of the posts, Sexton slots the extras.
Ireland 7-0 Argentina
10 mins: Ireland are awarded a penalty on halfway and Sexton decides to kick for touch.
9 mins: Argentina scrum: Ireland get the shunt on as Senatore picks and goes. The ball is booted clear from Landajo. Ireland secure and work their way across the pitch to Gilroy. He takes to contact. Again it looked high from Leguizamon.
8 mins: Ireland do well to go through the phases and Bowe makes some good ground before presenting well. Ireland go wide right, where Zebo is fed the ball, but it's too hot too handle and he knocks on from a Sexton pass.
7 mins: Scrum Ireland on the Pumas 22: the scrum holds firm, Murray pops to Sexton, who has Gilroy outside him on a crash ball.
6 mins: Strauss to Ryan, but the Pumas knock on in the line, and the ref says free-kick to Ireland. The men in green opt for a scrum.
5 mins: Healy carries up the centre as Ireland go through the phases. The ball goes wide to D'Arcy and then Bowe, who is closed out on the right wing. But play is brought back for a high tackle by Leguizamon on Murray. Sexton pops the penalty to touch on the Pumas 22.
4 mins: Lineout Pumas on halfway: Ryan steals the ball at the back. Ireland spin wide to Gilroy on the wing, a first touch for the debut boy.
3 mins: Nicolas Sanchez opts to kick at goal. From wide left, on the 22m line, he hits the left post, and the ball rebounds back to captain Jamie Heaslip. Sexon clears the Ireland lines.
2 mins: Scrum Pumas: it's firm on both sides and the Pumas bust up the middle in the pack. Ireland concede a penalty for going off their feet at the breakdown.
1 min: The ball goes out on the full on the start and it's a scrum back in the middle. Not a good start from Ireland.
1 min: We're off.
The teams again are:
Ireland: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Keith Earls, 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 Craig Gilroy, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray; 1 Cian Healy, 2 Richardt Strauss, 3 Mike Ross, 4 Mike McCarthy, 5 Donnacha Ryan, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 7 Chris Henry 8 Jamie Heaslip
Replacements: 16 S Cronin 17 D Kilcoyne 18 M Bent 19 D O'Callaghan 20 I Henderson 21 E Reddan 22 R O'Gara 23 F McFadden.
Argentina: J M Hernandez, G Camacho, M Bosch, S Fernandez, J Imhoff, N Sanchez, M Landajo, M Ayerza, E Guinazu, M Bustos, M Carizza, J F Cabello, J M Fernandez Lobbe, J M Leguizamon, L Senatore
Replacements: A Creevy, N Lobo, F Gomez Kodela, T Vallejos Cinalli, T Leonardi, N Vergallo, G Tiesi, M Montero .
The top Argentine tryscorer of all time is Jose Nunez Piossek with 29. Diego Cuesta Silva has scored 28. Gustavo Jorge 24.
As mentioned earlier, if Bowe scores today, he will become the third Irishman to score 25 international tries. Brian O'Driscoll has scored 45. Denis Hickie 29.
Followed by Ireland's Call:
Next up is the old reliable:
That tune is called Marcha Patriótica (Patriotic March).
Time for the national anthem of Argentina:
President Michael D Higgins emerges on the red carpet to do the meet and greets with the Pumas.
George Hook heavily critical of the Ireland backline and saying this is their chance to prove themselves.
Los Pumas emerge onto the pitch first in the Aviva.
Andrew Trimble was hoping to win his 50th cap for Ireland today. However, instead Craig Gilroy earns his first full Ireland cap in his place.
A couple of big possible days for some Ireland players. Jonathan Sexton is a conversion away from becoming the fifth Irish player to reach the 250-point milestone for Ireland. While if Tommy Bowe scores a try he will become the third Irish player to to score 25 international tries for Ireland.
Felipe Contepomi is on the box, live from the Aviva, he believes that Ireland have plenty of young talent coming through. But also that Argentina crave a first victory in Dublin and will be hell bent on getting it.
Ireland have the edge over Los Pumas in past meetings. The chalkboard stands at seven to Ireland and five to Argentina. With Ireland outscoring the South Americans 233-225.
Our coverage has begun on RTÉ Two, users in the island of Ireland can see the game online here.
Patrick Moroney is going for a home win: "Ireland's performance against South Africa was solid and they were to some extent unlucky. Certainly I expect to see a big improvement and a win against Argentina - 15-11"
Just 45 minutes to kick-off at Lansdowne, Argentina have never beaten Ireland here, and the home side have won the last three meetings.
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Argentina: 15 Juan Martin Hernandez, 14 Gonzalo Camacho, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Santiago Fernandez, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo; 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (c), 5 Julio Farias Cabello, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Maximiliano Bustos, 2 Eusebio Guinazu, 1 Marcos Ayerza
Replacements: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Nahuel Lobo, 18 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 19 Tomas Vallejos, 20 Tomas Leonardi, 21 Nicolas Vergallo, 22 Gonzalo Tiesi, 23 Manuel Montero
Ireland: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Keith Earls, 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 Craig Gilroy, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray; 8 Jamie Heaslip (c), 7 Chris Henry, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Mike McCarthy, 4 Donnacha Ryan, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Richardt Strauss, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 David Kilcoyne, 18 Michael Bent, 19 Donncha O'Callaghan, 20 Iain Henderson, 21 Eoin Reddan, 22 Ronan O'Gara, 23 Fergus McFadden.
We've got lots of audio and video previews on the site, click on the links above for interviews with Jamie Heaslip, Conor Murray and Declan Kidney among others.
Good afternoon, welcome to the RTÉ.ie match tracker for the showdown between Ireland and Los Pumas. Defeat for Declan Kidney's men today would see them dropping out of the top eight and mean that they could face tougher opposition when the RWC 2015 draw is made in a couple of weeks. Brendan Cole outlines the permutations here.