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Saturday, 23 November, 2002, 20:36 GMT
O'Sullivan full of praise
Ireland full-back Girvan Dempsey scored Ireland's first-half try
Girvan Dempsey splashes through the water to score
Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan was full of praise for his team after a successful wet-weather exercise in Dublin.

O'Sullivan's side gained revenge over Argentina after a 16-7 victory on a near near-waterlogged pitch at Lansdowne Road.

It was the third week in succession in such aquatic conditions, and O'Sullivan was delighted in the adaptability of his troops.

''We had got used to these conditions of late, and the players did extremely well,'' said O'Sullivan.


We kept our shape well in the second-half and I knew they would give up penalties
Eddie O'Sullivan

''At the start of the autumn internationals we had planned a different approach to our game.

''But we just had to cut our cloth to suit, and the players responded magnificently.''

After defeating World champions Australia, Fiji and now Argentina, Ireland have stretched their winning sequence to six on the trot - a run last achieved back in the Sixties.

"The worst of those conditions was against Argentina,'' said O'Sullivan.

''It was a difficult day for any sort of a handling game, so mauling was the only solution.

"The conditions made it difficult and it was not a day for rugby, so we had to get into the trenches and dig in.

"We kept our shape well in the second-half and I knew they would give up penalties that we could capitalise on.''

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"This was always going to be decided by the side with better control"
Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan
"Conditions were appalling for both sides"
 NOV 23-24 TESTS
 ENGLAND 53-3 SA
 WALES 17-43 NZ
 IRELAND 16-7 ARG
 FRANCE 35-3 CANADA
 ITALY 3-34 AUSTRALIA
 SCOTLAND V FIJI


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