Ireland 24 (15)
Argentina 28 (9)
By no means a full house at Lens and quite surprisingly so. David
Humphreys put Ireland on the board with an early three-pointer. A high
tackle on Keith Wood earned the Argies a repeat dose of the Humphreys
muti. Gonzalo Quesado pulled back three, a minute or two later.
Humphreys slotted his third penalty and just before the start of the
second quarter, Quesado slotted his second to leave Argentina three
points adrift and then slotted his third to level the ballgame. The
penalty shootout continued and a minute later, Humphreys put Ireland in
front with yet another three-pointer.
Less than ten to go and yet another successful penalty attempt by
Humphreys, took Ireland out to a 15 - 9 lead. Quesada missed with a shot
of his own and the whistle blew to end a dead boring first half.
The penalty shootout continued within a minute of the resumption as
Humphreys slotted his sixth and followed it up a minute later with a
wellstruck dropgoal. Quesada got one a minute late and Ireland led
21- 12. Yawwnnnnn.
Another penalty to Quesada as he narrowed the deficit to six points but
going into the last quarter, Humphreys restored the Irish margin with
yet another three pointer. Then Quesada hit back with yet another
penalty after a sustained period of attack by Argentina.
At last, some rugby as the Argies ran a tap penalty from their own 22 to
take play into enemy territory with the attack ending in a lineout on
the Irish line. The Argie scrum chewed bricks but Pichot whipped the
ball out to Quesada, who flung it wide to the unmarked Diego Albanese,
who shat in! Quesada nailed the conversion to take Argentina to the
front, with little more than five to go.
Suddenly we had a ballgame on our hands as play hotted up by no less
than fifty degrees! But the penalty went to Argentina and Quesada nailed
it, to extend the Argentine lead to four points.
It was all Argies as they swarmed onto the attack, in yet another foray
on the Irish line but the Irish defence held. And then the final drama
as penalty after penalty on the Argie line put Ireland in with a chance
right up to the death, but the Argie defence held and that was it.
Argentina had it! Bad luck Ireland! Well played Argentina!!