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#ARG defeat #IRE and move to the semifinals of the #RWC2015! #LosPumas pic.twitter.com/VrdfN9LTIO— Laureus (@LaureusSport) October 18, 2015
Did you see that coming?!
#ARG defeat #IRE and move to the semifinals of the #RWC2015! #LosPumas pic.twitter.com/VrdfN9LTIO
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STAT: before today #ARG had never scored more than 40 points before in #RWC knockout match #IREvARG #RWC2015 pic.twitter.com/l6DaJ0s6B2— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 18, 2015
STAT: before today #ARG had never scored more than 40 points before in #RWC knockout match #IREvARG #RWC2015 pic.twitter.com/l6DaJ0s6B2
#ARG storm into the #RWC2015 semi-finals with a blistering performance to douse #IRE's fightback in Cardiff #IREvARG pic.twitter.com/b4ZjxKPRQU— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 18, 2015
#ARG storm into the #RWC2015 semi-finals with a blistering performance to douse #IRE's fightback in Cardiff #IREvARG pic.twitter.com/b4ZjxKPRQU
FULL-TIME: Ireland 20-43 Argentina
It's more misery for the Northern Hemisphere team, with Ireland losing their sixth RWC quarter-final.
A quick word for ref Garces .. done a very good job today .. His best of the comp ! Accuracy and composure was v good— Jonathan Kaplan (@RefJK) October 18, 2015
A quick word for ref Garces .. done a very good job today .. His best of the comp ! Accuracy and composure was v good
Well done to the Pumas, well deserved win over Ireland. Imhoff one of the most under rated wings in world rugby.— Kobus Wiese (@4KobusWiese) October 18, 2015
Well done to the Pumas, well deserved win over Ireland. Imhoff one of the most under rated wings in world rugby.
77'- PENALTY slotted by Sanchez.
Ireland 20-43 Argentina
75'- Ireland centre Keith
Earls perhaps lucky not to see yellow for a late tackle and a shoulder charge.
Sanchez to line up a shot at goal...
TRY Fernandez Lobbe's burst sets up Juan Imhoff for a diving finish under the posts! #IRE 20-40 #ARG #IREvARG pic.twitter.com/7Ol9Se7sXr— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 18, 2015
TRY Fernandez Lobbe's burst sets up Juan Imhoff for a diving finish under the posts! #IRE 20-40 #ARG #IREvARG pic.twitter.com/7Ol9Se7sXr
73'- CONVERSION slotted by Sanchez.
Ireland 20-40 Argentina
Northern Hemisphere rugby experts will be calling on all the excuses when it's an all SH semi-final weekend.— David Moseley (@david_moseley) October 18, 2015
Northern Hemisphere rugby experts will be calling on all the excuses when it's an all SH semi-final weekend.
Get ready for all-Rugby Championship World Cup semi-finals. #RWC2015— Simon Borchardt (@SimonBorchardt) October 18, 2015
Get ready for all-Rugby Championship World Cup semi-finals. #RWC2015
69'- Sanchez slots the CONVERSION from the corner.
Ireland 20-33 Argentina
68'- TMO CALL
Argentina fullback Joaquin
Tuculet is over in the corner, but the TMO must check the grounding.
END TO END: 6 points in it, 15 minutes to go. Thriller #IREvARG pic.twitter.com/5Ohb6McGwi— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 18, 2015
END TO END: 6 points in it, 15 minutes to go. Thriller #IREvARG pic.twitter.com/5Ohb6McGwi
63'- PENALTY slotted by Sanchez.
Ireland 20-26 Argentina
Argentina starting to lose there heads, an ice cool head under pressure will win this game— Zinzan Brooke (@ZinzanBrooke8) October 18, 2015
Argentina starting to lose there heads, an ice cool head under pressure will win this game
52'- PENALTY slotted by Madigan.
Ireland 20-23 Argentina
51'- Pumas prop Ramiro Herrera could be in trouble here.
He barged with his head into a ruck there. He's also already on a yellow card, remember...
50'- PENALTY slotted by Sanchez.
Ireland 17-23 Argentina
All right, calm down, calm down. @Jordimurphy try from @lukefitz11 break! #IREvARG #ShoulderToShoulder #RWC2015 pic.twitter.com/glBJgJSdkP— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) October 18, 2015
All right, calm down, calm down. @Jordimurphy try from @lukefitz11 break! #IREvARG #ShoulderToShoulder #RWC2015 pic.twitter.com/glBJgJSdkP
44'- CONVERSION slotted by Madigan.
Ireland 17-20 Argentina
43'- TRY to Ireland!
Welcome back for the second half!
Argentina restart proceedings...
Ireland are hammering away at Argentina's tryline but los Pumas' defence holds firm! Donnacha Ryan eventually knocks on and the final whistle goes shortly afterwards! What a game that's been! Both sides deserve plenty of credit for making it the entertaining spectacle that it was but, in the end, Argentina's brilliance in attack secured them the result!
Ireland 20 Argentina 43
PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 20-43. Sanchez adds the final nail to the Irish coffin with another well-struck place-kick after Earls is pinged for a late hit on Cordero.
CONVERSION, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 20-40. Sanchez makes no mistake with the easy two-pointer and Argentina are cruising!
TRY, ARGENTINA, IMHOFF! 20-38. Imhoff runs on to an inside pass from Fernandez Lobbe and first beats Rob Kearney with a wicked side-step and then hands off Rob Kearney! He races away and dives over for his second try!
CONVERSION, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 20-33. Wow! What a kick! Sanchez nails the two-pointer from close to the touchline.
TRY, ARGENTINA, TUCULET! 20-31. Argentina create space out wide and Joaquin Tuculet joins the line at pace inside Ireland's 22! He sells the defence a dummy and crashes over in the left-hand corner with two defenders on his back!
Ireland try to attack at a scrum five metres inside their half. It all comes to nothing though as Murray knocks on!
Ireland take the ball through several phases with their forwards, just inside Argentina's half. Madigan then gathers and kicks for position but he over-cooks it and the ball goes directly into touch!
PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ. 20-26. Devin Toner is pinged for a high tackle on Sanchez and los Pumas' number 10 dusts himself off before coolly slotting another crucial three-pointer.
Argentina take the ball through the phases with their forwards, just outside Ireland's 22. Fernandez Lobber and Ayerza are prominent ball carriers.
Marcos Ayerza is pinged for illegal play at ruck and Madigan lines up a shot at goal from 45 metres out. His effort has the distance but not the direction.
Leonardo Senatore attacks from the base of a scrum and offloads to Cordero, who beats one man but then loses the ball as he tries to offload.
Imhoff takes the ball into contact but holds on while on the ground and is soon penalised for his indiscretion. Madigan kicks for touch and puts the ball out midway between Argentina's 22 and the halfway line.
PENALTY, IRELAND, MADIGAN! 20-23. Madigan reduces the deficit to three points again after Fernández Lobbe is pinged for side-entry at a ruck.
PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ. 17-23. Sanchez adds another three-pointer from the kicking tee after several Irish players stray offside on defence.
Ireland are hammering away at Argentina's tryline but los Pumas' forwards save the day with superb counter-rucking and they win a crucial turnover! Sanchez soon gathers and hoofs the ball upfield.
Argentina's front row are pinged for illegal scrummaging. Madigan kicks for touch and puts the ball out inside Argentina's 22.
CONVERSION, IRELAND, MADIGAN! 17-20. Madigan adds the extras and it's a three-point ball-game!
TRY, IRELAND, MURPHY! 15-20. Fitzgerald makes a telling break and is soon inside Argentina's 22! He is hauled in by the cover defence but manages to free his arms and offloads to Jordi Murphy, who gets over for his first Test try!
Cordero is penalised for not releasing the ball on the ground. Madigan puts the resulting penalty out close to the halfway line.
Hernandez gets the second half underway with a high, hanging kick which Ireland's forwards fail to control. Argentina are immediately on the attack in their opponents' 22.
Ireland go on the drive from a line-out close to their 10-metre line and when the half-time hooter goes, Conor Murray boots the ball into touch. What a thrilling half that's been! It was all Argentina during the opening 20 minutes but Ireland have come back into it with that try from Fitzgerald. There's still plenty to play for and hopefully the second half will be just as exciting.
Ireland 10 Argentina 20
Herrera is penalised for going off his feet at a ruck. Madigan puts the resulting penalty out close to Argentina's 10-metre line.
Healy is penalised for dropping his bind at a scrum. Hernandez kicks for touch and puts the ball out on Ireland's 10-metre line.
Ireland set up a couple of phases inside Argentina's 22 but lose possession when Dave Kearney holds onto the ball on the ground. Sanchez puts the resulting penalty out close to the halfway line.
Henshaw takes a shot at goal after los Pumas are pinged for illegal scrummaging but his effort strikes an upright! Cordero gathers the rebound and sets off on a mazy run but knocks on after a challenge from Iain Henderson.
Rob Kearney races into a gap and beats several defenders but is eventually brought to ground inside Argentina''s 22 by Hernandez.
Ireland set up a couple of phases, close to the halfway mark, but lose possession when Robbie Henshaw knocks on a pass from Madigan.
CONVERSION, IRELAND, MADIGAN! 10-20. Madigan adds the extras and Ireland are back in the game!
TRY, IRELAND, FITZGERALD! 8-20. Ireland attack out wide midway between Argentina's 22 and the halfway mark! Luke Fitzgerald finds the ball in space and beats two defenders before crashing over!
Sanchez takes a shot at goal from 45 metres out, after Jamie Heaslip is pinge for a ruck infringement. His effort strikes an upright and Ireland scramble to get to the loose ball!
Ireland attack from a scrum close to the halfway line. Robbie Henshaw takes the ball into contact but knocks on after copping a big hit from Juan Martín Hernández!
PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ. 3-20. Sanchez puts more daylight between his side and their opponents with another well-struck place-kick!
PENALTY, IRELAND, MADIGAN! 3-17. Ian Madigan finally opens Ireland's account after several Argentinian forwards are pinged for straying offside on defence.
YELLOW CARD, ARGENTINA, HERRERA! Los Pumas are reduced to 14 men after Ramiro Herrera is sent off for a no-arms tackle on Keith Earls!
Argentina take the ball through the phases with their forwards and Sanchez drops into the pocket and tries to land a drop goal from about 40 metres out! His effort is a poor one and falls well short of the cross-bar.
PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 0-17. Sanchez lands a three-pointer from the kicking tee after Mike Ross is pinged for playing the ball on the ground.
CONVERSION, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 0-14. Sanchez adds another two-pointer for los Pumas!
TRY, ARGENTINA, IMHOFF! 0-14. Argentina attack down the right wing again and Cordero chips ahead just outside Ireland's 22! Juan Imhoff wins the foot-race with rob Kearner, before dotting down just in front of the dead-ball line!
Ireland attack close to Argentina's 22 and Rob Kearney joins the line at pace! He beats a couple of defenders but is stopped in his tracks by a text-book tackle from Pablo Matera.
CONVERSION, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 0-7. Nicolas Sanchez shows his class as he lands the two-pointer from close to the touchline!
TRY, ARGENTINA, MORONI! 0-5. Argentina take the ball out wide, just outside Argentina's 22, and Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe throws a long pass to Santiago Cordero! He draws in two defenders and offloads to Matias Moroni, who dives over in the right-hand corner! What a start from los Pumas!
After belting out their respective anthems Ian Madigan gets the game underway! Tomás Lavanini gathers inside his 22 and sets up a ruck.
Good day and welcome to our live coverage of this Rugby World Cup quarter-final between Pool D winners Ireland and Pool C runners-up Argentina. South Africa and New Zealand have already qualified for the semi-finals and the winners of this clash will face either Australia or Scotland, who face off in the last quarter-final later in the day, in the next round. We'll return soon with team news.
Ireland's first-choice fly-half Johnny Sexton was set to play but withdrew from this clash yesterday due to an abductor strain. Sexton has been replaced by Ian Madigan in Ireland's starting XV, with Paddy Jackson coming on to the bench. Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt initially made three changes from the team that beat France in their final pool game last weekend, with Iain Henderson starting at lock for injured captain Paul O'Connell. Blindside flanker Peter O'Mahony was also injured in that game, and is replaced by Jordi Murphy, while Chris Henry starts at openside with Sean O'Brien out through suspension. Donnacha Ryan and Rhys Ruddock come onto the bench, the latter only called into the squad last week to replace O'Mahony.
Argentina have reverted to their strongest available side for this encounter. Head coach Daniel Hourcade has made 10 changes from the team that beat Namibia in their last pool match. The whole front row is changed, with the replacements from the Namibia match (Ramiro Herrera, captain Agustín Creevy and Marcos Ayerza) starting against Ireland. Tomás Lavinini comes in for Matías Alemanno in the second row, with the latter dropping to the bench. There are also two changes in the back row, with Javier Ortega Desio out of the matchday 23 and Facundo Isa dropping to the bench, as Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe and Leonardo Senatore return. In the backs, Juan Martín Hernández reverts to inside centre to allow for the return of Nicolás Sánchez. Scrum-half Martín Landajo and Matías Moroni retain their places, though Moroni moves to outside centre. Lucas González Amorosino drops to the bench.
These sides have played each other on 15 occasions with Ireland victorious in 10 encounters. Since losing to Argentina in the 2007 RWC pool stages, Ireland have won five games on the trot against the Pumas, including a 2-0 series win on the 2014 summer tour. Their most recent meeting was a 23-17 win on June 14, 2014 in Tucuman, Argentina. This match will be Ireland''''s sixth quarter-final, together with a quarter-final play-off in 1999. Ireland have never won a knockout match at the RWC. Argentina?s starting XV at the Millennium Stadium will contain 496 caps worth of experience, their second-most experienced of this tournament after the 54-9 win over Georgia in their second Pool C match. Ireland''s starting line-up against Argentina contains 659 Test caps and has an average starting age of 28 years and 201 days, their youngest of RWC 2015 and their youngest since the 45-17 win over Romania in RWC 2003.
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