Sexton kicks Ireland to record win over Pumas

Ireland 29 Argentina 9
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Ireland concluded their autumn series with a record victory over arch-foes Argentina yesterday, despite sub-zero temperatures. Jonathan Sexton's kicking underpinned only their second win from four Tests this month, finishing with five penalties and a conversion.

Ireland scored a try in each half, through flanker Stephen Ferris and centre Gordon D'Arcy. They will be pleased to have prevailed against attritional opposition but it was yet another afternoon of frustration. Heavy snow had to be cleared from the pitch, which only passed an inspection on the morning of the match.

Argentina are rugged opponents who have subjected Ireland to some torrid times amid the fierce rivalry that has developed between these two countries on the pitch. But, while any success against the one-dimensional Pumas is to be welcomed, Ireland will rue the failure to significantly build on their 19-3 half-time lead.

Poor decision-making and aimless kicking halted their momentum and played into the hands of the Pumas, who scored all of their points through the boot of Felipe Contepomi.

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