Pumas out to level the scores
November 23, 2010
Mario Ledesma powers forward against Ireland in 2008 © Getty Images
Ireland face Argentina at Lansdowne Road on Sunday in the latest instalment of a bristling modern rivalry.
There will be few punches pulled as the sides go head-to-head for the first time since an ill-tempered meeting back in 2008.
Ireland edged that one to keep alive their tier two status at the World Cup, also securing a small measure of revenge for a damaging 30-15 defeat at the Parc des Princes during the 2007 tournament.
Ireland currently edge the rivalry six wins to five and have never lost to the Pumas on home soil.
Ireland v Argentina all-time record: Played 11; Ireland won six, Argentina won five
Biggest winning margin: Ire: 14 points, 17-3 at Croke Park, 2008; Arg: 16 points, 16-0 at Velez Sarsfield, 2007
Highest score: Ire: 32 points, 32-24 at Lansdowne Road, 1999; Arg: 34 points, 34-23 at Ferrocaril Oeste, 2000
Most tries: Ire: Four, 32-24 at Lansdowne Road, 1999 & 34-23 at Ferrocaril Oeste, 2000; Arg: Three, 32-24 at Lansdowne Road, 1999
Longest winning sequence:Ire: Three (2002-2004); Arg: Three (2007)
Most points (individual) : Ire: Ronan O'Gara 55; Arg: Gonzalo Quesada 63
Most tries (individual) : Ire: Three, Matt Mostyn; Arg: Two, Agustin Pichot
Most points in a Test: Ire: 24, David Humphreys at Stade Felix Bollaert, 1999; Arg: 23, Gonzalo Quesada at Stade Felix Bollaert, 1999
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