Argentina vs Ireland
June 14th 2014 Venue: Estadio José Fierro, Tucumán
Ireland are targeting a series win when they line-up for Saturday’s second Test against Argentina in Tucuman.
Joe Schmidt’s side made history last Saturday – winning an official Test in Argentina for the first time – with a 29-17 victory over the Pumas at Estadio Centenario in Resistencia.
Schmidt has made seven changes to his starting XV for this clash, with three of the switches at the back, where Rob Kearney, Fergus McFadden and Eoin Reddan replace Felix Jones, Luke Marshall and Conor Murray.
Up front there are four changes, with Dave Kilcoyne, Devin Toner, Rhys Ruddock and Jamie Heaslip coming in for Jack McGrath, Iain Henderson, Robbie Diack and Jordi Murphy.
Schmidt sees the game as an opportunity for players to impress, saying: “We brought 29 players away on tour and we wanted to make sure we recognised the amount of effort that they made on the training pitch and to be well prepared to train well and they all have.
“So we wanted to give them an opportunity to demonstrate that in a Test match arena.”
Three players – Rob Herring, James Cronin and Noel Reid – are poised to make their international bows off the bench.
“I think it is a massive day for them,” Schmidt added. “They have all acquitted themselves really well.
“We have been massively impressed with how they have acquitted themselves in the training environment, in the way they have prepared themselves and made sure that the training changes are reasonably seamless.
“I don’t think any of those three guys are the finished product but it will be another step toward giving them the confidence to continue to grow and hopefully add further value to us.”
Pumas coach Daniel Hourcade has made two changes to hist starting side, with Lucas González Amorosino replacing Santiago Cordero on the right wing while Antonio Ahualli de Chazal comes in at eight for the injured Benjamin Macome.
Santiago Iglesias Valdez, Matías Díaz and Matías Orlando have been named on the bench.
|Last 10 Games played between the Argentina and Ireland|
|7-Jun-14||Argentina||17 – 29||Ireland|
|24-Nov-12||Ireland||46 – 24||Argentina|
|28-Nov-10||Ireland||29 – 09||Argentina|
|22-Nov-08||Ireland||17 – 03||Argentina|
|30-Sep-07||Ireland||15 – 30||Argentina|
|2-Jun-07||Argentina||16 – 00||Ireland|
|26-May-07||Argentina||22 – 20||Ireland|
|27-Nov-04||Ireland||21 – 19||Argentina|
|26-Oct-03||Argentina||15 – 16||Ireland|
|23-Nov-02||Ireland||16 – 07||Argentina|
|Games Played||14||Games Played||14|
|*Games Won||5||*Games Won||9|
|*Games Lost||9||*Games Lost||5|
|Games Drawn||0||Games Drawn||0|
|*Longest Winning Streak||3||*Longest Winning Streak||4|
|*Longest Losing Streak||4||*Longest Losing Streak||3|
|*Largest Points For||34||*Largest Points For||46|
|*Largest Points Against||46||*Largest Points Against||34|
|*Largest Winning Margin||16||*Largest Winning Margin||22|
|*Largest Losing Margin||-22||*Largest Losing Margin||-16|
|*Total Points For||266||*Total Points For||308|
|*Avg Points For||19||*Avg Points For||22|
|*Total Points Against||308||*Total Points Against||266|
|*Avg Points Against||22||*Avg Points Against||19|
|*Total Points Difference||-42||*Total Points Difference||42|
|*Avg Points Difference||-3.00||*Avg Points Difference||3.00|
|* = By Argentina||* = By Ireland|
POSSIBLE RR World Rankings outcome on Result
ARG (on 75.71 points) at home -vs- IRE (on 82.84 points)
|Possible Outcome||Rating Point
|If ARG win by 1-15 points||1.413||77.12||81.43||No|
|If ARG win by more than 15||2.120||77.83||80.72||No|
|If result is a draw||0.413||76.12||82.43||No|
|If IRE win by 1-15 points||0.587||75.12||83.43||No|
|If IRE win by more than 15||0.880||74.83||83.72||No|
Argentina: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Lucas González Amorosino, 13 Jerónimo De la Fuente, 12 Gabriel Ascárate, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo (captain), 8 Antonio Ahualli de Chazal, 7 Tomás De la Vega, 6 Rodrigo Báez, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Matías Cortese, 1 Lucas Noguera Paz.
Replacements: 16 Santiago Iglesias Valdez, 17 Bruno Postiglioni, 18 Matías Díaz, 19 Matías Alemanno, 20 Javier Ortega Desio, 21 Tomás Cubelli, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Matías Orlando.
Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Fergus McFadden, 12 Darren Cave, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Eoin Reddan, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Chris Henry, 6 Rhys Ruddock, 5 Paul O’Connell, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best , 1 Dave Kilcoyne
Replacements:16 Rob Herring, 17 James Cronin, 18 Jack McGrath, 19 Iain Henderson, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Noel Reid
Date: Saturday, June 14
Kick-off: 15:40 (local, 18:40 GMT)
Venue: Estadio José Fierro, Tucumán
Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)
Assistant Referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), John Lacey (Ireland)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)