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Pumas' focus turns to vital ranking points at Aviva

WHILE there was serious business going on all around Europe, Ireland were engaged in the phoniest of wars against Fiji in Limerick.

The upshot from elsewhere was that Samoa made mincemeat out of Wales on Friday night, France turned Argentina upside down in Lille on Saturday and an under-strength Australia reminded England of how far they have to travel before hosting the World Cup in 2015.

Argentineans are renowned for their long memories and their short fuses. There is always an explosive nature about their battles with Ireland, stretching back to the infamous match in Lens at the 1999 World Cup.

Centre Marcelo Bosch was keen to move on from the 39-22 defeat by France in Lille on Saturday night.

"We must correct our discipline. We need to continue growing in the week. Now we have Ireland. We know that it is a rival we know a lot about - a great team," he said.

"First, we have to recover and then focus squarely on the last match of the year. We want to close the tour in the best way, having a good performance."

Ireland are precariously placed in seventh in the World Rankings, one behind Argentina and one ahead of Grand Slam champions Wales.

They remain in danger of ending the November international window outside the Top 8 and, thus, as a third-seeded country for the 2015 World Cup.

The management and players know that a victory over Argentina will guarantee Ireland a second seed no matter what happens elsewhere.

Otherwise, the calculators will have to be whipped out in a situation that would take Ireland's destiny away from them.

PROVISIONAL WORLD RANKINGS

1. New Zealand 92.91

2. South Africa 86.05

3. Australia 85.94

4. France 84.99

5. England 81.96

6. Argentina 79.89

7. Ireland 79.04

8. Wales 78.95

9. Scotland 77.42

10. Samoa 78.79.


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