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Monday, June 14, 2010

Dan Parks and Scotland beat Argentina in Tucuman

Dan Parks and Scotland beat Argentina in Tucuman

Dan Parks kicked Scotland to a great win over Argentina in Tucuman on the weekend as they won came away with the 24-16 away victory, Argentinas first ever loss at that famous venue.

Argentina had the better of the starts as they scored two tries through Gonzalo Tiesi and Juan-Manual Leguizamon. Scotland and Parks werent too concerned though and the flyhalf kicked six penalties and landed two drop goals.

Coach Andy Robinson commended his side for the way in which they stuck in there.

"I can't praise them highly enough. This is one of the most hostile places to play in the world and they did a great job. Not only did Dan Parks find the target when it mattered, he produced an excellent performance," he said.

Parks himself was pleased with the result, and happy to have earned the respect of the locals.

"We had been told about the supporters here and how it was one of the toughest places to play. But near the end they were applauding and cheering us. That is a measure of how well we played after a shaky start.

"It was particularly satisfying to earn the appreciation of fans like them. They know their rugby! I just happened to pick up some points but it was a superb all-round team effort, Parks said.

Scottish legend Jim Telfer has tipped his team to win the next match when the two sides meet again on Saturday, but is concerned about their lack of tries.

"It's worrying, because they had plenty of the ball, they tried to move it wide - sometimes that's fairly predictable," said Telfer.

"But Argentina is an ageing team, going backwards. Scotland are going forward."

Much requested by Scottish fans, this video features the points scored throughout the match.


Time: 04:52

Posted at 4:47 pm | 47 comments

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Benson June 14, 2010 3:48 pm

Congrats to Scotland. Parks was on fire!

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Anonymous June 14, 2010 3:50 pm

Scotland just basically rely on Dan Parks to win. They just can't score tries. Having said that tho, it's a great win for Scotland.

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bd June 14, 2010 3:58 pm

much like the last time they met in ARG. took chris patterson to win it for scotland.

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bd June 14, 2010 3:58 pm

much like the last time they met in ARG. took chris patterson to win it for scotland.

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Diogo June 14, 2010 4:01 pm

excellent fly-half performance

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Dan June 14, 2010 4:05 pm

great win for scotland. everybody who id spoken with expected Arg to run away with this.

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Andy June 14, 2010 4:11 pm

Well done Scotland. I think they are improving very quickly as a side.

Why was the game played for 86 minutes?

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Anonymous June 14, 2010 4:15 pm

if this is how Argentina is still playing, they're going to suffer in the Four Nations next year...

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alasdair June 14, 2010 4:35 pm

@andy
because they didn't stop the chronometer!

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Anonymous June 14, 2010 4:56 pm

Jesus, I hate the way Scotland play

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Chris Boy June 14, 2010 4:56 pm

any danger of scotland scoring a try for once? most boring team in world rugby by a country mile.

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alasdair June 14, 2010 4:59 pm

to be fair. Scotland was playing a very mobile game. just needing the finishing touches. Should come on by the world cup.

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Scotsdale June 14, 2010 5:02 pm

A win is a win, no? :)

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Anonymous June 14, 2010 5:30 pm

How boring is it to watch scotland play rugby...
No exitement. No flair.

Ok, a wins a win, but i feel sorry for those who pay to watch scotland play.
just so repetitive watching scotland play.

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BigBucks June 14, 2010 6:38 pm

Fair play Scots - In the last 6 months or so they've claimed Aussie, Irish and now an Argie scalp - great for a nation in dire need of a lift in terms of rugby

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nz fan June 14, 2010 6:56 pm

well d0ne SCOTLAND

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john June 14, 2010 8:16 pm

first in world cup group anyone? maybe slightly premature

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NZseal June 14, 2010 8:46 pm

I suggest a few people (Twats such as chris boy for example) on these forums watch the highlights of the game again, or brush up on their rugby knowledge. That was one of the most complete performances from a Scotland team, playing positive rugby. The high penalty count was from Argentina infringing at the break down, allowing defence to be reshuffled, hence the lack of trys.

As stated by Johnnie Beattie in his blog, Andy Robinson is light years ahead of the NH game, and bearing in mind Scotland are still minus several key players, expect good things from this side.

Most boring team in rugby? Scoring through penalty tries is hardly edge of seat stuff either....

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Rodney June 14, 2010 8:49 pm

any danger of scotland scoring a try for once? most boring team in world rugby by a country mile.

...did you watch England play the other day? At least Scotland isn't afraid to let their backs do some running.

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Anonymous June 14, 2010 9:29 pm

thank you. it's great to watch,

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Anonymous June 14, 2010 9:36 pm

Good to see Scotland finally throwing the ball about a bit more, even though we were dangerously close to a few interceptions at times! Better rugby that's for sure. Fact is we put up a better performance than the other home nations did and it leads me to have hope that Scotland can succeed.

All we need to do now is find the try line!

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Anonymous June 14, 2010 11:12 pm

the best team we'll win ... the best coach we'll win... (I'm repeating myself)

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Anonymous June 15, 2010 12:29 am

is Juan ManuEEEl leguizamon, im from argentina, it is very bad for arg loose and because the number of penalty, sorry my inglish, but we will beat them all

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Anonymous June 15, 2010 1:11 am

Boring to watch? Last time I checked this was a profesional game. The players are out there to win matches not to entertain us, I know I dont play to entertain spectators. End of the day a win is a win. It would be nice to see Scotland scoring more tries, I agree but its coming, as BugBucks said "Aussie, Irish and now an Argie scalp" and dont forget the only team they really deserved to lose to in the 6 nations was France. Great win for Scotland, we have something to look forward to in the rugby world now. well done guys doing us proud

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Anonymous June 15, 2010 1:24 am

I don't play or watch rugby to see goals kicked.

A win's a win you say? Well so is winning by forfeit but I don't want to pay to watch that either.

I'd love to see the Scots play winning rugby again. But tries make great rugby teams.

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marco June 15, 2010 1:31 am

I bet you didn't even watch the game, Anonymous. You sound like a buffoon. Glad I'm not on your team, because I'd be happy if our kicker scored us 24 points and led us to a victory, especially after fighting up the field to win those penalties.

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Chris Boy June 15, 2010 1:33 am

NZ seal, i considered comparing scotland's level of boring to england's anyway. You can make excuses for why tries weren't scored in this particular game, but i watch pretty much every game they play and tries are few and far between so maybe YOU should brush up on YOUR rugby knowledge.

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TMWNN June 15, 2010 1:37 am

Hey RD, any chance of you guys putting up the Canada vs France A highlights. There was some good tries scored by the Canadians and a massive scalp for them as well.

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Peter M June 15, 2010 2:21 am

Anonymous said...
The players are out there to win matches not to entertain us.

It is possible to do both at the same time as the expansive entertaining rugby played by the winners in at least three other tests this weekend shows. But I didn't see this match in full so I'm only commenting on your statement which seems to have low expectations of what rugby can be.

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Anonymous June 15, 2010 3:08 am

Scotland rely on Dan Parks to win, and he's an Aussie.

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Anonymous June 15, 2010 3:10 am

Sorry, but it is boring rugby.
And it won't work against the top teams with an regularity.
The irony is that boring rugby is also, historically, not a succesful type of rugby.
If you can't score tries you will never be a great or particularly succesful side.
It's all well and good to have a good defence and great kicking game, but it means nothing if you also can't run the ball.

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Hackney Griffin June 15, 2010 9:05 am

Re-assuring to know that not all Aussie fly halves have pockets full of tries.

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Chip on your shoulde June 15, 2010 9:37 am

Shut up with your constant miserable negative comments. It's all I can see from the comments on most pages.

Congratulations Scotland on a difficult win.

I think you'll find that in the latter stages of the world cup every game is a conservative brand, kicking, pick and driving etc as every inch becomes priceless.

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no9 June 15, 2010 10:17 am

this i Fucking Bullshit with people saying that it was just PArks that won it for us , it was an amazing performance and they played the best out of any northern hemosphere team that has played so far

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Anonymous June 15, 2010 10:30 am

Yes please post Canada vs. France again, as I could not have watched it... I'll have lots of time for head-banging and dancing then for my victoy!

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Anonymous June 15, 2010 10:31 am

Dont' cry for me "Argentina"... :)

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Anonymous June 15, 2010 10:33 am

if scoring all your points just by kicking and not scoring any trys is "going forward" rugby than why dont we all just start kicking the ball, make it round, act up the tiniest scratch as if it were an amputated arm and prance about caring more about our looks than the actual game we're playing?
argentine rugby is not "going backwards", the problem is that they dont have the same resources as the teams they face. thank god they're finally being taken a bit serious by being allowed into the tri-nations from 2012 onward. terrible comment by a "scottish legend"

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boring June 15, 2010 10:35 am

my favorite moment in this game is the way the keep the ball, great stuff, hang on it with all their force, force it, copy it, win or lose all your force at my age, you'll be proud to win if you can lose that..
and stop watching, declare yourself, RD!!!

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Anonymous June 15, 2010 10:49 am

looking forwaRD to do so, signed

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Greiffel June 15, 2010 11:00 am

^ What does that mean?

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lad June 15, 2010 11:11 am

I don't know too

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Propinakilt June 15, 2010 11:45 am

Don't want us to keep kicking penalties? That's fine by us - just stop giving them away.

In the Evans and Lamont brothers, Scotland have four great finishers and know how to score tries, but hey, it doesn't always happen. Whilst we're at it, the killer Bs back row is one of the best units in world rugby right now - Scotland are looking pretty rosy.

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Mike June 15, 2010 12:09 pm

Good to see the Scots back. Proof that their improvement in the 6Ns was not a fluke. Only sorry that they had to mark their improvement against Ireland :)

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name of my rose June 15, 2010 1:19 pm

Thanxs, impressive video! Damn Parks!

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NzSeal June 15, 2010 2:13 pm

Chris boy - Did you watch the highlights as suggested? Lack of tries doesn't always mean boring, as that game proved.

Scotland lacked that killer blow, and I assure you that will come. And in terms of them not scoring tries...i seem to recall the wales game this 6n, with 2 fantastics scores, and Johnnie Beatties against Ireland, which for me was one of the best individual tries of the 6N

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Anonymous June 15, 2010 7:21 pm

OMG that game looked boring...

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Anonymous June 17, 2010 7:44 pm

It was a great performance of Parks. But Scotland plays sooooo boring! They do not seem able to score a try to any opponent team.
They play always the same, neat "forwards rugby", and rely on Parks or Patterson to score points. It is really boring and a pity not to see great players like the Lamont brothers more in action.
On the other side, Pumas cannot make so many penalties in this level... especially leguizamon, great player but too undisciplined.

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