MX23RW : Tuesday, March 19 15:54:26
Oct 18, 2015 at 1pm UK at ​Millennium Stadium
Ireland
20-43
Argentina
Fitzgerald (26'), Murphy (45')
FT
Maroni (4'), Imhoff (10', 73'), Tuculet (69')

Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip: "We gave ourselves too much to do"

Stand-in Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip admits that his team gave themselves too much to do in their RWC quarter-final by falling 17 points behind Argentina early on.

Stand-in Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip has admitted that Ireland gave themselves a mountain to climb by conceding two early tries to Argentina.

The Pumas, who ran out 43-20 winners, went 17 points clear of Ireland within the first 20 minutes of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final.

"We're obviously very disappointed to lose in such a big game," Heaslip, who took over the role of captain following Paul O'Connell's injury, told ITV.

"We didn't help ourselves at the start but we fought back, we came back in it, but we gave ourselves too much (to do) at the start.

"Argentina played a very expansive game, they stretched us and they took their scores when they got them. We got it back to three points and they took their opportunities again to kick on, and we just couldn't take our opportunities."

Ireland once again bow out of the tournament at the quarter-final stage, while Argentina advance to face Australia in the second semi-final on October 25.


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Argentina's centre Matias Moroni (L) celebrates after scoring the first try during a quarter final match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Ireland and Argentina at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on October 18, 2015.
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