Schmidt disappointed after Test win

Argentina 17-23 Ireland
Published Sunday, 15 June 2014
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Ireland have beaten the Pumas 23-17 to seal their first Test series win in Argentina.

Schmidt disappointed after Test win
Ireland rugby coach Joe Schmidt. (© Presseye)

Joe Schmidt's side had to overcome some early jitters, trailing 10-9 at the break, but second-half tries from Simon Zebo and replacement Ian Madigan earned victory at the Estadio Jose Fierro.

The coach said he was pleased to follow last weekend's win with another good result, even though Ireland's performance had been far from perfect.

"We've achieved an opportunity where we broaden the group a little bit, we've found out a little bit about some of those players, some who've acquitted themselves really well and some others who've still got some work to do," Schmidt explained after the match in Tucuman.

"That's an achievement in itself. At the same time we know we have got a heck of a lot of work to do. There are some teams that will put us under a lot more pressure than that.

"I think, again our set-piece probably saved us. We put them under scrum pressure a few times when they had great platforms and when they did get that platform in the last play of the game we weren't able to defend it when they did get the ball in their hands, which is massively disappointing.

"I thought today we had a really experienced spine in the team and we probably should have offered a little bit more continuity and it's probably a disappointing performance by our standards."

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