Ireland skipper Paul O'Connell looks for greater accuracy

Paul O'Connell

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has called for his side to cut out basic errors as they attempt to repeat their 29-17 first Test win over Argentina.

"It was very hard going, we knew it was going to be physical which it was. We didn't know were going to be as inaccurate as we were," said O'Connell.

"We put a lot of balls down and missed some tackles.

"They put us under a lot of pressure and it kind of thrived off our mistakes," added the Irish skipper.

The 29-17 win at Estadio Centenario was O'Connell's first time playing in Argentina, and the Munster lock was not surprised Ireland were forced to dig deep to achieve the win.

"They had some very big men, some really good footwork - that's kind of the way they play and we knew that but I suppose we were intent on trying to stop that and we didn't do that," he said.

"We were unlucky not to score a try early in the first half. And 30 seconds later we were lucky not to concede a try.

"I think the result is great but the performance is disappointing."

O'Connell admitted the key now is to put in another good week's work and wrap up a highly satisfactory season with another win when the sides return to northern Argentina and meet in Tucuman.

"I think it's important to be able to try and play well without having a reference point, our last reference point was France, a lot of the boys wouldn't have played in that game," he added.

"You look at what England did going down to New Zealand putting in a big performance against them, that's what we needed to do and we didn't do that.

"This gives us something to work on now and something to review over the next few days, knowing Joe Schmidt it will be a very tough review and hopefully our performance will improve next week."

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