"I think next week is a massive game in terms of a barometer of where they are going into next year but it's be all and end all".
It would be Argentina in the quarter finals followed by probably Australia, jaysus the final is almost in reach.
"The Irish mentality in the past has been about downplaying our chances, shying away".
"They're nervous about Argentina and how good they are".
"But, this is all with one eye on the World Cup and wanting to be world champions, not to get to a semi-final or a final, but actually win it".
It added to the recurring theme that Argentina love to beat the Irish in the World Cup.
Ireland XV to play Argentina: Jordan Larmour, Keith Earls, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Johnny Sexton, Kieran Marmion; Cian Healy, Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, James Ryan, Peter O'Mahony, Sean O'Brien (Leinster), CJ Stander (Munster). That match finished 30-15 in favour of the South American side.
"Yes, where we are right now, it will tell us a lot and I think regardless of what happens in the next 10 days, everything is a benchmark", Schmidt said.
In the back-row, Seán O'Brien looks likely to join Munster pair Peter O'Mahony and CJ Stander on his return to global action. "They're a side to be reckoned with they play some great rugby".
Schmidt, whose side began the November Tests with a 54-7 thumping of Italy, said Argentina would prove challenging in many respects. "It's great because our one Achilles heel is that we go narrow and they will exploit that if we go narrow", O'Driscoll explains.
They can undo more of the mystery around Argentina and further erode the aura of invincibility around the All Blacks as two more steps in building towards Japan.
"I don't think Joe allows it in that environment".
Ireland stormed back and such was their confidence of getting the better of the Pumas forwards Jonathan Sexton rejected going for goal on two occasions, opting for touch instead.
"The Argentines would probably be, to a degree, a little bit more combative at the ruck than some of the other teams who tend to let a fair few rucks go and then suddenly they'll have a crack and turn you over".
The game kicks off at 6.30pm on Saturday evening at the Aviva Stadium, and is live on RTE.