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Tempers frequently boiled over and skipper O’Driscoll revealed his side wanted to silence suggestions they had surrendered too easily to the All Blacks last weekend.
“We weren’t going to take a backwards step. When teams come to Croke Park we’re not here to be bullied or shoved around,” he said.
“We didn’t initiate too much but if anything was going on then we certainly weren’t backing down. That’s how it has to be.
“It showed great comradarie that everyone was there for one another. No one was going to get picked on.
“If there were any scuffles then there were always guys there on your shoulder to help out. It was important that we looked after one another.
“We mentioned during the week that these game are physical and that we wouldn’t be pushed around.
“It’s in our nature to be hard, rugged people and it hurt us a little bit that certain factions of the media said we were pushed around by the All Blacks.
“That hurt our pride and we weren’t prepared to let it happen today.”
Ospreys winger Tommy Bowe ran in a 76th minute try while Ronan O’Gara kicked 12 points to ensure Ireland edged the latest chapter in a fearsome rivalry with the Pumas.
“It’s always physical against Argentina. I’ve never played against them and not woken up the next day knowing I’ve been in a hard fought game,” said O’Driscoll
“Throughout the years there’s been so much at stake every time we’ve played them, usually in World Cups or looking for revenge because of what’s happened at a World Cup.
“The rankings issue meant there was a lot at stake this time too. There was huge honesty from us.
“It was a brutal game but sometimes you just have to roll your sleeves up and getting stuck in.”