Rugby: Impressive Ireland continue winning run over faltering Argentina at Dublin's Aviva Stadium

Ireland have completed a clean sweep of November test victories, following up last weekend's memorable triumph over the All Blacks with a 53-7 thrashing of Argentina at Aviva Stadium.

Seven tries from Ireland's impressive forwards also made it a sweep of weekend wins for the northern hemisphere over their southern counterparts, setting up an exciting 2022 Six Nations in which Ireland should be genuine title contenders.

The defeat capped a disappointing year for Argentina, who conceded 53 unanswered points, after taking an early lead, and played most of the last half hour with 14 men, after a yellow card for Pablo Matera and a red for Tomas Lavanini.

Referee Matthew Carley shows a red card to Tomas Lavanini of Argentina
Referee Matthew Carley shows a red card to Tomas Lavanini of Argentina Photo credit: Image - Getty Images, video - Sky Sports

"We're striving to be a great team," says stand-in Ireland captain Peter O'Mahony. "We're certainly not there yet, but we've put some great weeks together - I've loved every minute of it." 

"You can see guys smiling all the time, not just after the games - smiling in the games, which is mad, because they're savagely intense."

After Ireland unleashed hell on the All Blacks last week, they were far slower out of the blocks this time and the visitors took full advantage, creating a massive overlap for Mateo Carreras to sprint clear and touch down on five minutes.

That served as a wake-up call for the hosts, who regained the initiative, first from a perfectly executed lineout maul finished off by flanker Josh Van der Flier and then a forward shunt that pushed all-action prop Andrew Porter over.

Argentina were left to rue two fluffed Emiliano Boffelli penalties and a knock-on near the Irish line from Carreras, when Caelan Doris, one of Ireland's best performers this month, responded by bouncing off a double hit to make a huge carry over the line for a 24-7 halftime lead.

Mario Ledesma's side, which ended a run of seven consecutive defeats with last weekend's victory in Italy, attempted to get back in the game in the second half, but Matera's yellow card on 50 minutes effectively ended the contest.

More Irish scores were inevitable and the superb Tadhg Furlong led another wave of Irish forward carries that saw Van der Flier crossing for his second try.

Argentina's discipline went from bad to worse, when Lavanini picked up the third red card of his international career for a reckless hit on Cian Healy that prompted an angry response from O'Mahony.

The floodgates opened, with replacement hooker Dan Sheehan - a prolific try scorer in his young Leinster career - getting his first for Ireland in just his second appearance and Healy marking his 112th cap with Ireland's sixth try.

Tadhg Beirne rounded off the scoring to make it eight wins in a row for an Irish side growing in confidence.