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Ireland 20-43 Argentina: Agony for Tommy Bowe and Rory Best as Ireland's Rugby World Cup dream is dashed

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 19/10/2015

World’s end: Tommy Bowe bowed out with an injury worry in Cardiff yesterday
World’s end: Tommy Bowe bowed out with an injury worry in Cardiff yesterday

Outclassed Ireland were dumped out of the World Cup quarter-finals yesterday, suffering a heavy 43-20 loss at the hands of Argentina in the Millennium Stadium - and at a cost to Ulster Rugby.

Despite entering the contest as favourites, Joe Schmidt's side shipped four tries and were second best throughout a game that sees their long wait for a first ever semi-final place continue.

The Pumas will now meet Australia for a place in the final while Ulster have been left sweating over injuries to their Test stars.

Tommy Bowe left the field on a stretcher after just 12 minutes of play with suspected ligament damage while Rory Best was applying ice to his calf following his second-half substitution.

"Tommy doesn't feel too bad right now but he certainly wasn't able to go on," said Schmidt. "It could be a ligament injury in the knee, but that's supposition really.

"I haven't had the opportunity to check with the team doctor."

Bowe's Ulster team-mate Jared Payne already picked up a fractured foot at the tournament and faces a spell on the sidelines.

Next weekend's semi-finals are southern hemisphere dominated after Scotland controversially suffered a heartbreaking 35-34 defeat by Australia at Twickenham.

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