'It's good to be back' - Resurgent Rob Kearney says there is much more to come
Rob Kearney and Ireland wrapped up a fine autumn series with a 28-19 win over Argentina but the full-back admits they can still improve.
Ulster wing Jacob Stockdale's double and a CJ Stander score sealed a November clean sweep for Joe Schmidt's men, adding to victories over South Africa and Fiji.
Kearney told Sky Sports: "Three-zero is pretty good.
"We've started really well but a little bit towards the mid-part of the second half we've gone a bit cold in the South Africa game, and we did a bit again today.
"We'll look to keep improving and take learnings from it, and that spell after 15 to 20 minutes of the second half will be a real work-on for us."
Regardless, Ireland's form bodes well for their Six Nations campaign, which begins against France in Paris on February 3.
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Kearney said: "We'll get back to our provinces and clubs, work back into leagues around Europe and be ready to get back in January."
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The Leinster player impressed as he continues to re-establish himself in Schmidt's side after a long-term injury, and he said: "I've struggled a bit fitness-wise the last couple of years, it's good to be back and get another 80 minutes tonight.
I'll keep working hard and hopefully the performance will come."
Ireland led 13-0 at half-time and Stockdale's second try early in the second period effectively snuffed out hopes of a Pumas comeback.
Argentina's Martin Landajo said: "The second half, our first 10 minutes weren't that good and that was difference. We made a good match but we lost the game in the second half."
Fatigue may have played a part for the tourists, most of whom play for club side Jaguares in the southern hemisphere Super Rugby competition as well as their international commitments.
Landajo said: "There are few players in Argentina, where professional rugby is just starting.
"Young players will have more teams (to choose from) but we have to do this for a couple of years."