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Richie McCaw: All Blacks would change head coach policy for Joe Schmidt

Richie McCaw: All Blacks would change head coach policy for Joe Schmidt

"But we have depth now and I'm confident we'll put in a good performance".

"The Argentines would probably be, to a degree, a little bit more combative at the ruck than some of the other teams who tend to let a fair few rucks go and then suddenly they'll have a crack and turn you over".

However Ireland improved to look far more like the team that had won 15 of their last 16 tests, and a try from replacement scrumhalf Luke McGrath, following a decisive lineout steal, gave them some breathing for the first time.

He has been working in Europe since 2007, initially as an assistant to fellow New Zealander Vern Cotter at Clermont, before he became head coach at Leinster in 2010 and then took over the Ireland national side three years later.

Referee Nic Berry showed limitless patience with Argentina's poor discipline and, had he reached for a deserved yellow card after repeated infringements, Ireland might have wrestled free.

Joe Schmidt's side were eventually held up over the line and from the resulting scrum, Ireland pushed their visitors back a couple of metres before Kieran Marmion showed great awareness to pick the ball up and crash over the line to get Ireland off the mark. Conversions: Jonathan Sexton (2).

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This time he had a win to celebrate after watching his team being dominated and then fight back after former United star Cristiano Ronaldo's spectacular opener.

A feature of this first-half was Ireland failing to deal with the Argentinian kickoffs and this led to Argentina taking the lead.

ARGENTINA - E Boffelli; B Delguy, M Orlando (M Moroni 58), J de la Fuente, R Moyano; N Sanchez, T Cubelli (G Vertrabiy 65); S Garcia Botta (JP Zeiss 57), A Creevy (J Montoya 64), S Medrano (L Sordoni ); M Alemanno, T Lavanini (G Petti 76); P Matera (capt) (R Bruni 70), G Petti (T Lezana 65), J Ortega Desio.

Oddly enough, a mistake from Ireland led to their next try. Sexton did have another attempt from halfway, but this time the ball flew under the bar. It puts pressure on those taking the field.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has revealed Sean O'Brien suffered a suspected broken arm during the win over Argentina.

The ability to bring in experience off the bench, like first-five Dan Biggar and wing Liam Williams, gave Wales the impetus they needed in the closing stages, according to Gatland.

Nicolas Sanchez opened the scoring early on with a fine long-range penalty, something his opposite number Johnny Sexton would turn down throughout the half to offer his superior pack as many drives for the line as possible.


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