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Jones gets his smashing wish

By Melissa Woods 27/10/2003 05:47:18 AM Comments (0)

Wallabies coach Eddie Jones said he hoped the Ireland-Argentina Rugby World Cup match would be a "smash-em-up derby".

He got his wish with Ireland, who Australia plays next Saturday in Melbourne in their final pool game, losing a player for the tournament plus suffering a number of bumps and bruises in a physical encounter with the Pumas.

While the Wallabies cruised through the Adelaide Oval match barely raising a sweat in their record 142-0 romp, Ireland and Argentina's contest on Sunday could not have been more contrasting.

The Irish triumphed 16-15 in a heart-stopping affair in which the lead changed hands several times, with the win securing a quarter-final berth while ending Argentina's World Cup.

Only one try was scored, by Ireland flanker Alan Quinlan, whose tournament is over after dislocating his shoulder.

Quinlan damaged his shoulder as he dived across the line in the 20th minute when Pumas fullback Ignacio Corleto launched a desperate tackle.

The 29-year-old left the field a minute later and Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan revealed the flanker would take no further part in the tournament.

Ireland have started the paperwork to have Munster backrower David Wallace flown to Australia from Ireland as his replacement.

"He got it relocated on the sideline but the damage is too bad to continue," O'Sullivan said.

"He played a crucial role in today's game, scoring the only try of the match, but he's pretty disappointed.

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