Former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll has outlined the danger that a strong Argentinian can pose ahead of their clash with Joe Schmidt’s side at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
Speaking to the media on Friday as a part of Guinness’ #AnswerTheCall campaign, O’Driscoll was full of praise for the Argentinian side that he feels will provide a tough test for Ireland who have named a very strong team for the second of their November internationals
The former Leinster man was also quick to refer to crucial games he featured in against the Pumas, most notably the World Cup defeats in 1999 and 2007, outlining that he still feels the effects of what underestimating Argentina can do.
“Yeah, I think that’s the strongest pack that we have,” began O’Driscoll, referring to a forward line containing the likes of Tadhg Furlong, Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander.
“Murray, Ringrose and Kearney are the other three that you’d imagine would be included. So yeah I think it’s a really strong team.
“I think Joe really feels as though Argentina are still a bogey team for us, he’s still scarred from that World Cup quarter final.
“I’m scarred by them from 99 and 07, so they’ve been a team that have consistently upset us in big games. They’re a side to be reckoned with they play some great rugby.”
O’Driscoll also explained that even though this particular Pumas side are vulnerable in defence, they can punish an Irish side which has a tendency at times to play narrow.
“They’ll a little bit porous in defence but you can fix that, what they can do in attack is very exciting and I think they will really test us.
“They’re the sort of side who need to test us. It’s great because our one Achilles heel is that we go narrow and they will exploit that if we go narrow.”
Despite defeating Argentina the last time the two sides met last November, as O’Driscoll mentioned the South American side have had a habit of having Ireland’s number in big games between the pair.
It is important that Schmidt’s side don’t overlook the difficulty that Argentina pose, and focus too much on the highly anticipated clash against the All-Blacks at the Aviva Stadium in two weeks time.
“I don’t think Joe allows it in that environment,” O’Driscoll said, of the players overlooking Saturday’s game.
“Don’t get me wrong they’ve talked about the All-Blacks already in November camp when they got together for the USA week and they went away and those ten players stayed around that are going to be largely involved in that All-Black game.
“They did analysis on the All-Blacks they talked about it prior to getting into camp.
“This team have the capability of doing that of having a day at one side and then parking that but ultimately for most of this week, I’d imagine they’ve only been talking about Argentina, maybe they’ve given an hour to the All-Blacks but I’d imagine not I’d say that’s done, parked and they’ll pick that up again on Monday.”
Ireland face Argentina in the second of their November series tests at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday with kick-off at 6:30.
Ahead of the Guinness Series kicking off this weekend, former Irish international rugby player Brian O’Driscoll was on hand to preview Ireland’s game against Argentina as a part of Guinness’ #AnswerIrelandsCall campaign. #AnswerIrelandsCall celebrates the camaraderie between rugby fans, by giving them a voice and rallying them to get behind the Irish Rugby team. Throughout the series fans are encouraged to get involved as Guinness is giving away a number of pairs of tickets to each fixture including the sold out Ireland v New Zealand game at the Aviva Stadium. Fans should visit the Guinness Facebook page and leave their message of support using the #AnswerIrelandsCall to be in with a chance to win tickets to the Guinness Series (terms and conditions apply) *.
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