Best and Sexton return to strong Ireland side

Best and Sexton return to strong Ireland side

Best and Sexton return to strong Ireland side

They have spent a lot of time together this year and they played like a team.

Sexton miscued the conversion and, when Ireland failed to deal with the restart and Ramiro Moyano took the kick, a silly off-the-ball hit from Peter O'Mahony handed Sanchez the chance to put the visitors in front.

"Because there are plenty there, we've just got to get pathways to let them through and really let them flourish".

Rory Best hopes head coach Joe Schmidt will decide to commit his long-term future to Ireland.

Best, who is returning to the Test arena after missing the 2-1 Test series win over Australia in the summer because of a hamstring injury, said Schmidt's legacy would also be seen in the players who played under him turning to coaching in the years to come.

They did well to stay in the contest with flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez kicking four penalties to help make it a one-point game in the final quarter.

Ireland showed attacking intent from the first minute when they chose to run the ball out of their own 22 after Argentina started the game with the kick-off.

Again, Ireland's scrum went to work and with advantage Luke McGrath repeated Marmion's earlier trick by picking from the base and scoring.

Meanwhile Wales coach Warren Gatland says the strength of their bench played a major role in the narrow 9-6 victory over Australia in Cardiff that provided a significant boost to his side ahead of next year's World Cup.

O'Brien was pulled ashore for Leinster teammate Dan Leavy just before half-time holding onto his right forearm. "In the first half, we weren't dominant enough in the collisions", Gatland said.

Best believes Schmidt has transformed Irish rugby at every level and insisted his legacy will last for generations, well beyond whenever he eventually calls time on his current coaching stint.

"The Argentines would probably be a little bit more combative at the ruck than some of the other teams".

Schmidt acknowledges too that Ledesma knows the Irish players better due to his experience of playing in the northern hemisphere and is not surprised the former hooker is making waves in the coaching arena.

"We've got good momentum at the moment".

After a sustained period of pressure from the resulting penalty, Sexton put Bundee Aki through a gap with a lovely flat pass and the Connacht centre was never going to be stopped so close to the line. They're the sort of side who need to test us.

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