Ireland will be looking to wrap up a 2-0 series win with a victory over Argentina in the second Test in Tucuman on Saturday.
They claimed a first ever Test win in Argentina with a Jonny Sexton-inspired 29-17 victory in Resistencia, but they will be looking to improve for the second encounter.
FT Argentina 17 Ireland 29 - A solid win for Ireland away at the depleted hosts. Reaction now on SS1. pic.twitter.com/thMj4YrwiL— Sky Sports Rugby (@SkySportsRugby) June 7, 2014
The Six Nations champions continue to thrive under head coach Joe Schmidt, but an under-strength Pumas pushed them all the way on Saturday.
Read on for full viewing information and a preview of the second Test match.
Date: Saturday, June 14
Time: 7:40 p.m. BST, 2:40 p.m. ET
TV Info: Sky Sports 2 (UK)
Live Stream: Sky Go app (UK)
Schmidt Looking for Improvement
Despite leading his side to their first win on Argentinian soil, New Zealander Schmidt is looking for a better performance from the team on Saturday.
He expects the Argentinians to be better and they will have taken on some lessons from the first Test as to how to approach the Irish team.
Schmidt is looking to his side to respond to the first outing and pull out a win which would seal the two-match series, per Sky Sports:
I think both teams have real room for improvement. Some of their young guys really impressed me.
There were a few of them who were very gutsy. I felt they made things very difficult for us. I think we can look forward to a pretty interesting battle at Tucuman in seven days.
I thought they really got off the line well and put a lot of pressure on us when we had the ball, and we found it pretty difficult to contain them when they carried it well.
Fly-half Sexton scored a try and kicked two penalties and a conversion in the first Test, but he limped off late on in the game.
However, he looks set to be ready for the Tucuman encounter which will be a boost for Schmidt and his side, per Rugby World:
Ireland: Sexton suffered from slight cramp on Saturday but is recovering well & will train with the rest of the squad— Rugby World (@Rugbyworldmag) June 9, 2014
Encounters against southern hemisphere teams are absolutely crucial for Ireland with the World Cup only a year away.
They have proved their quality recently against Six Nations sides, and continued success against the other high-profile sides should breed great confidence before 2015's showpiece event in England.
What will be the result on Saturday?
However, Ireland need to be clinical against Argentina and only a truly convincing win will make this a successful tour.
Improvements need to be made from Resistencia in the tackling—several were missed in the first encounter—and handling arenas.
Simon Zebo's return to the international frame was a successful one and he will look to continue his revival on Saturday.
Simon Zebo is back on the international scene after a year of waiting http://t.co/FvxXkKKKkC— TheScore.ie (@thescore_ie) June 5, 2014
From an Argentinian perspective, the young team on show for the first Test look to be very able as back-ups to their European stars who were absent.
Like Ireland, next year's World Cup is key for the Pumas and they look to be progressing well, proving that there is depth in the squad.
Saturday's encounter should be another fine occasion as both sides look to perform better than they did in the first Test.
While Argentina will be desperate to tie the series at 1-1, Ireland should have enough for victory and a highly satisfying summer outing in South America.