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Schmidt pleased to see Ireland emerge from 'arduous' test

Schmidt pleased to see Ireland emerge from 'arduous' test

The Tullow Tank makes his return to global action for the first time in a year this evening when Ireland host Argentina in the Aviva Stadium.

Johne Murphy believes it's important for Ireland but certainly not crucial ahead of next year's World Cup in the land of the rising sun.

A second Nicolas Sanchez penalty put Argentina back in front, then he and his centers tore apart the Irish to give unmarked wing Bautista Delguy an easy fifth try in nine tests.

However Ireland looked far more like the team that had won 15 of their last 16 tests and a try from replacement scrum-half Luke McGrath, following a decisive lineout steal, and five more points from Sexton closed out a far from guaranteed victory.

"There's got to be a degree of consideration for getting the best players on the pitch, and maybe that's what Mario's looking for, with Guido Petti in the back-row, with Alemanno and Lavanini at lock this weekend", said Ireland boss Schmidt.

"They will respect Argentina and will obviously respect New Zealand".

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"If their back three get the ball the more likely they (the Argentinians) are going to break teams open, because they're tackle breakers, they're line breakers and they link up in behind the line really effectively once they break the line", said Schmidt.

"There's lots to work on".

"It's probably not a change-up that we foresaw, but at the same time I'm sure there will be some sense to it".

"But that's a good way for us to try to cope and test ourselves against a really good side, which we know Argentina are". Having experimented somewhat in Chicago against the Italians, Schmidt has named a much more experienced line-up this time around, with Rory Best returning to captain the side and Sean O'Brien making his first Irish appearance in a year. They'd topped their World Cup group and with England dumped out things couldn't be going better. We want to win every game we can.

Argentina, ranked ninth in the world, have rarely lacked team spirit but the questionable rewards for selecting from players based at home - and playing Super Rugby for the Jaguares who Ledesma coached before his Pumas role - are potentially baring fruit through the obvious continuity of selection, although the policy of ignoring overseas players has been relaxed.