Ireland coach Joe Schmidt warned his side not to look forward to the world champion All Blacks next weekend, and the Pumas squeezed any lingering slumber out of the Irish with a combative effort that kept the match close for more than an hour.
"They're nervous about Argentina and how good they are". If Vern (Cotter) wasn't there I would always defer to Mario to drive the pack, mainly because I couldn't speak to them because of my hackneyed French phrases, and I had a limitation that was mostly backs-related. The boys did well last week but they were a wee bit slow out of the blocks as well. "It is up to this week's group to keep them at bay".
Schmidt's men saw off the Italy easily in Foxoboro stadium in Chicago last weekend.
Not only that but, just four games after taking charge of the Pumas, Ledesma had earned his squad a first win on Australian soil for 35 years. "They want to have their boots and they want to be right in amongst it".More news: Jazz beat Celtics 123-115 in Hayward’s return to Utah
"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".
"In particular, this is our first southern hemisphere game of this series and you saw in Australia, the way that southern hemisphere rugby is played is worth a fair bit of freedom".
"So we're going to have to really be on our mettle otherwise guys like Agustin Creevy and Pablo Matera will get on that ball very quickly".
Schmidt is especially wary of the Pumas' vibrant, attack-minded backs. "They were hard at the back, hard off the ruck and hard off the line and really squeezed us".More news: 76ers put end to road struggles with 100-94 win at Indiana
Kieran Marmion and Bundee Aki both crossed in the opening 25 minutes with Bautista Delguy's brilliant try in between and a trio of Nicolas Sanchez's penalties keeping the margin to a point at half-time.
Former Ireland Rugby International Paul Wallace says that Sean O'Brien has been the most outstanding back row player for Ireland in the professional era and should be a certainty to start despite the competition for places in the back-row.
"There are lots of positives to take out of this", said Irish captain Rory Best.
"Don't get me wrong they've talked about the All-Blacks already in November camp when they got together for the United States of America week and they went away and those ten players stayed around that are going to be largely involved in that All-Black game".More news: DC Police Investigating Protest at Tucker Carlson's Home as 'Suspected Hate Crime'