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Ireland take on Argentina in Dublin in the last of their Autumn Internationals. But what’s the history of the two teams? And who’s likely to win this time round?
The sides have met 16 times in the past, with Ireland winning 10 of them and Argentina 6. Generally, it has been a fixture won by the home side, with all but the two recent matches played in Argentina going the way of the residents. These sides have also met in 4 World Cup matches, with Argentina winning 3 of them, most memorably and recently their high scoring demolition of the Irish in the Millennium Stadium in 2015.
This match is predicted to be a return to home form, with the Irish forecast to finish comfortably ahead, 32 – 14.
Their first meeting came only as recently as 1990, with Ireland defeating the visiting Pumas by 20 points to 18. The fixture was relatively evenly matched until 2008 when Ireland began to exert some pressure and took 5 matches on the bounce, including the two away wins in Argentina. The Argentines hit back though, inflicting a heavy defeat when it mattered most, in the World Cup quarter finals.
Argentina have reason to be hopeful though, given last weeks performances. Ireland squeezed nervously past a free flowing Fiji, 23 – 20, whilst Argentina easily saw off Italy away from home, 15 – 31. If Ireland don’t see a return to the form that saw them dominate South Africa in week 1 then the Argentines will be in with a shout.
However, Ireland chose to field a weakened side against Fiji and, with the return of many more experienced players, should have enough to see off Argentina in Dublin this Saturday. We are comfortable in backing our computer prediction of a (relatively) easy Irish win.