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Saturday 26 July 2014

Ireland v Argentina: We must repeat All Blacks show, says Trimble

Andrew Trimble believes Ireland need to build on their “proud” performance against the All Blacks and bring the same attacking approach and level of intensity to Sunday's clash with Argentina.

The Ulster winger was in the Lansdowne Road stands when Ireland went down 18-38 to New Zealand on Saturday and was impressed with Ireland's attacking play, which he hopes will be replicated against the Pumas.

“The All Blacks are an unbelievable side,” said Trimble. “We put some class rugby together, and I think we really need to be proud of ourselves. We really took it to them. We had a lapse in concentration and, the sort of team the All Blacks are, they'll put you away.

“But we played with a fair bit of ambition and that's the sort of rugby that I want to play, that's when we play our best rugby.”

Ireland have lost three of their last four meetings with the Pumas, including the pool game that sent Eddie O'Sullivan's side crashing out of the World Cup in 2007.

The Irish victory came in the most recent meeting at Croke Park two years ago which was a brutal encounter.

“Traditionally, Argentina is a very physical game but they do have the ability to play with plenty of width,” said Trimble.

Trimble paid tribute to Ulster colleague David Pollock, forced to retire from the game due to injury yesterday.

“Dave's a great guy, a class rugby player and he's someone that we all look up to, even though he's a young member of the squad. Everybody is devastated for him,” said Trimble.

“I think he's going to get back into his medicine. The boys are winding him up, saying he's going to be a nurse.”

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