Rampant Ireland finish on a high


Ireland 46 Argentina 24:For too many years loyalist attending Lansdowne Road, on wintry days like today, were only warmed by the contents of their hip flasks or the sight of Simon Geoghegan’s blonde mop jinking against the tide.

How Geoghegan would have prospered in Craig Gilroy’s boots behind this dominant Irish pack, that punched holes through an embarrassingly disinterested Argentina to secure top-eight status in the IRB rankings ahead of the World Cup draw on December 3rd.

The result left Ireland sixth in the rankings, one spot behind England, and they remained there this evening after Wales lost heavily to New Zealand (10-33) and Samoa failed to hold on to their lead against France in Paris (22-14).