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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Chris Paterson helps Scotland to a historic win over Argentina

Chris Paterson helps Scotland to a historic win over Argentina

Chris Paterson celebrated his record-breaking 88th cap by inspiring a young Scotland team to a historic 26-14 victory over Argentina in Buenos Aires on the weekend. The win, which avenged last week's 21-15 loss, tied the two-game Test series and was Scotland's first win over Argentina for 18 years, and their first on Argentinian turf.

Paterson contributed 13 points in a memorable match in which he also overtook Scott Murray's cap tally. With metronomic consistency, the Gloucester man kicked 14 points as Scotland took a 19-0 lead with Ross Ford touching down for the only first-half try.

Northampton lock Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe, playing his last Test before retiring from international rugby at the age of 33, finished a fine counter-attacking move to give Argentina a lifeline but Scotland's quick, crisp passing kept the visitors firmly in the driving seat.

Any notion of a dramatic Argentina comeback was banished when Dan Parks made a great interception in his own half and ran 40 metres before offloading to Graeme Morrison to rush through between the posts.

Horacio Agulla's last-minute touch down and a Todeschini conversion took the shine of Scotland's day by denying them the 15-point margin required to achieve an improved IRB ranking.

Coach Frank Hadden was quick to praise his young teams turnaround after their loss last week.

"We are delighted," he said. "After the frustration of last week it is testament to the confidence and self-belief in the whole squad.

"We had the youngest squad in the World Cup, we were the youngest in the Six Nations and we have an even younger squad for this tour."

"It is important not to underestimate the size of the achievement," added Hadden. "We were the only northern hemisphere team winning a Test match against a southern hemisphere team today and that was against the third best rugby country in the world.

Time: 06:16

Posted by Rugbydump at 11:20 pm | View Comments (26)

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TheFullback June 15, 2008 10:11 pm

Pretty good win, shows Scotland can still pull off the big performances if they put their minds to it

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Anonymous June 15, 2008 10:29 pm

what a fantastic prefomance!! the team cant fall into the old scottish ways after this good result.....we have to carry this on!!!

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Anonymous June 15, 2008 10:33 pm

anyone got the video of the hit of Juan Fernandez Lobbe on Phil Godman?

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Sharky June 15, 2008 10:55 pm

Yes Anonymous. I don't converse with strangers though, get yourself a name.Well done Scotland. Great performance and victory. No mean feat beating the Argies at home. Impressive. That crowd there are highly intimidating and was we've seen in the past, it's not easy to go there and win.

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Anonymous June 15, 2008 11:05 pm

sorry but this is bad writed wasn dan parks who intecepted the pass he didnt play was chris paterson who intercepted

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Anonymous June 16, 2008 12:14 am

great team Pumas, great players. anyway its impossible for this team winning a match without important players like Hernandez, Roncero, Albacete, Corleto.Lets give some time for this new team with new coach and new amateur players. 6 nations need Pumas, Pumas need 6 nations.Vamos la Mstica amateur carajo, vamos Pumas!!!(Go Pumas,Go the argentinian amateur mistic!)

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iain June 16, 2008 7:50 am

Thanks for showing that clip! The game wasn't televised at all here in Scotland.Well done Dan Parks for coming off the bench and making that last try.Highlights didn't show it but apparently Ben Cairns was outstanding. Could be our answer at centre?

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Robsy June 16, 2008 8:12 am

FANTASTIC performance! makes a pleasent change.Biggest Hit - From Webster on the Pumas centre. It happened in the first half. As big as you will get!!!- saved a certain try! - Simlar to limas hit on South African in 2003 world cup!Rugby Dump get this one up - everyone will love it!

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geraint June 16, 2008 8:55 am

The game wasnt televised in Scotland?!?! Wow that really shows the unfortunate state scottish rugby is in at the moment. Hopefully with results like this that'll soon change. Well done the Scots, hope you keep it up.

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macrod June 16, 2008 9:25 am

Agree with robsy, the webster hit is an RD classic! Please put it up as soon as. Well done to scotland, scoring 2 tries is the equivalent of any other team scoring 10!!!!!

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AbbyNo7 June 16, 2008 10:29 am

Great Win lads. Yeah iain Ben Cairns was outstanding by all accounts. It was his footwork that helped set up Ford's try. I personally feel that him and Morrison are the best centre pairing for Scotland at the moment.

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Jack June 16, 2008 12:33 pm

But what would scotland do without Patersons outstanding kicking?Once again it shows how important he is to scottish rugby.

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nick June 16, 2008 12:56 pm

well this shows 3 things - scotland are fucked without chris paterson , they only score with penalties and they can't score tries!

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no 9 June 16, 2008 3:09 pm

"sorry but this is bad writed wasn dan parks who intecepted the pass he didnt play was chris paterson who intercepted"actually it was parks who intercepted that pass he came on for Godman i think.also a note to "NICK"u tit! two tries for scotland in that none of which had anything 2 do with paterson so ur statement is now completely invalid

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Eric June 16, 2008 3:56 pm

Scotland played so much better this saturday, their defence turned into crap most of argentina's attacking moves, and their rugby changed a lot, faster.. much faster... and this comes from an argentine fan

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rugbyfreak June 16, 2008 6:22 pm

Good work Scotland,Well done!:)

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Anonymous June 16, 2008 7:50 pm

I'm happy the scotts closed some argies mouth! To argentinians who were laughing about scottish rugby after the first game : arrogance is not in rugby spirit, and it's always finally punished! Well done Scotts!

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no 9 June 16, 2008 8:47 pm

someone earlier today added a comment that had a web address of where to watch this full match. it appears to have been deleted. what was the address???

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Anonymous June 16, 2008 9:59 pm

Thanks for the clip. Watched the game on the web, much improved, though some of the same old problems still not solved. We let the Pumas back into the game, and a better side woudl have turned it around. However, I'll take an ok win over a defeat any day! Loved Webo's hit, pity he got pinged for it. Good to score some tries. See, we can do it! Paterson now plays for Edinburgh Rugby rather than Gloucester, by the way.

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Jonny June 17, 2008 2:29 am

No. 9 - it was me. Don't know why it was taken down - maybe someone would like to explain to me?Anyways, the clip is from:

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no 9 June 19, 2008 11:19 am

no idea why it was taken down jonny thanks for the adress though

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no.3 June 24, 2008 12:36 am

great to see! maybe we could carry this on!!??

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Keith June 27, 2008 5:40 pm

brilliant game, watched it online on mediazone, shame it wasnt on TV over here but bloody good play by us!!! only home nation to get a win out of the tests, and against the 3rd best rugby nation in the world! lets see if we can up the game for the autumn tests!

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scottishrugbyfan August 12, 2008 7:17 pm

well done Mossy. Wot a player

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Anonymous October 20, 2008 2:54 pm

In my opinon dan parks is better as a fly half than paterson, he has got a great kick, paks is more smart

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