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Preview – Ireland v Argentina

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Ireland will be back at home this weekend hosting the Pumas on Saturday in their second test match this November.

Last weekend they got an easy win over Italy in the USA and will be in good spirit as they take on the Argentinians.

Although everyone is waiting for the clash between the Irish and the All Blacks, Ireland needs to be building towards the 17th November clash.

Argentina is a difficult side to play against, especially early on when they tour. They have unfortunately a tag of unpredictability and not in a good way.

The one weekend they can be as good as any other international side out there but also can fall flat the next weekend.

2018 Has been a great year for Ireland winning the Six Nations and beating Australia in June 2-1.

This has ensured and cemented their second place world ranking for most of the year.

You do not come to the Aviva Stadium and beat the Irish, having won 12 out of their previous test matches at the ground.

But they will face a different Argentina side this time around under the new leadership of coach Ledesma who has made a huge impact since taking over.

Under Ledesma they have beaten the Springboks in Argentina this year as well as a great win over Australia in Australia.

The problem for Ledesma is that his team has lost six out of their last seven test against the Irish. The last time Argentina beat Ireland was in the 2015 World Cup.

For Argentina to have any change their star flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez must be on song this weekend. He has been the best player in the side for the last two years and a big game is expected from him.

His battle with Johnny Sexton will be key, in fact much responsibility lies on the two number 10’s.

Prediction: Argentina can bring it to the Irish but at home one has to go with Ireland by 12.

The test match will be live on SuperSport 5 at 20:20 on Saturday

The teams:

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, 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