Sloppy Ireland find their rhythm to see off Argentina

Ross Houston
November 12, 2018

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt warned his side not to look forward to the world champion All Blacks next weekend, and the Pumas squeezed any lingering slumber out of the Irish with a combative effort that kept the match close for more than an hour.

Schmidt has already said he would make a decision on his future after the November internationals in Europe, and the Ireland Rugby Football Union have acknowledged they have begun to contemplate 2020 without him. New Zealand will put us under a lot more pressure and it's a massive challenge for us but that's why we play Test rugby.

Both coaches' contracts expire after next year's Rugby World Cup and the 53-year-old Schmidt has been touted as successor to Hansen, who has been involved with the team since 2004.

"It will really be Conor's call, so I can't answer that until I've chatted to him".

Best, who will earn his 112th cap on Saturday, was unequivocal about where Schmidt stood in terms of who he had been coached by. "He's rough and he's ready and, for years, what you see is what you get and who knows what way his body is because he shows you nothing and that's the way he is on the pitch".

"But he has got to do what's right for him, and if that is a change then his legacy will go on longer than just the silverware that sits in trophy cabinets".

"No matter what Joe does, he has changed Irish rugby and how we perceive performance and preparation".

"The legacy, obviously physically, is the trophies but it is also what Leinster have become and what Ireland are pushing towards and have achieved".

Argentina coach Mario Ledesma has named a XV made up entirely of home-based players.

"You maybe won't see that yet, perhaps a little now with Paul (O'Connell) at Stade".

"If it was one of our guys in the same boat I'd say he be putting his hand up".

"Looking at our coaching staff, there is that option". The job is only half done and however hard things were in London, they could be harder again in Dublin.

"So there's plenty of options and there's plenty of good young coaches around".

'Ireland I don't think have been beaten too often either. "Everyone seems to find another 10 percent when they play us because it is a good story if you can beat the All Blacks and everyone gets excited by that".

"The fact that the points differential between us is so narrow, the fact that in those three games - there was that one in 2013, I am still bleeding from that".

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