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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Scotland win the two-test series against Argentina

Scotland win the two-test series against Argentina

Scotland beat Argentina 13-9 in Mar Del Plata in the second of the two-Test series on Saturday to take their first series win away from home for 50 years. The win followed on from their good 24-16 win in Tucuman a week earlier.

Conditions were cold and wet with the only try of the match coming from big Jim Hamilton just two minutes in. Dan Parks converted, and Scotland were on their way to what would be a historic occasion.

The hero of last week added another two penalties later in the match, and thanks to some staunch defense, Scotland were able to hold out everything that Argentina threw at them and go on to achieve another fantastic win.

"That is five games without defeat, if you include the Japan warm-up match and the Six Nations draw with England. In terms of away wins, it is three on the spin - against Ireland in Dublin and twice over Argentina. That's a pretty decent sequence, said Parks.

"Our next challenge is the All Blacks at Murrayfield in November. They will be something different altogether, a phenomenal team. The way we are going, you can never say never because we believe in what we are doing and something very special is developing here," he added.

Captain Alastair Kellock is now raring to go against the big guns. "If you had asked someone if we could challenge New Zealand before the tour of Argentina they would have said no. But we will be looking to continually improve and be looking to play as well as we can in every game and if we do that we can win any game.

"In saying that there is world-class opposition out there and they are only going to get stronger and stronger. But it doesn't get any better than this at the moment. This is a real high point in my international career the highest ever," he said.

Below are just a few highlights from what was a low scoring match.

Time: 04:00

Posted by Rugbydump at 2:47 pm | View Comments (27)

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FrankyH June 22, 2010 1:28 pm

Congratulations Scotland. 2-0 in Argentina is good going.

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Tom June 22, 2010 1:34 pm

love how about a quarter of that video wasn't even of the match!
have to say well done to RD for managing to stretch out what was probably a very boring match to 3 minutes long!

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(u-p)rick June 22, 2010 1:38 pm

'have to say well done to RD for managing to stretch out what was probably a very boring match to 3 minutes long!'

Wow.....what an assumption, i suppose you thought the scotland win over australia was boring as well!!!

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dudman June 22, 2010 2:15 pm

one of the most boring games i've ever seen! scotland have no flare to them!

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Tedddy Bruckshot June 22, 2010 2:30 pm

Okay so Scotland isn't known for expansive play. Give these guys a break. Scotland, I'm ready for you to be good again! Keep on believing in yourselves.

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WelshOsprey June 22, 2010 2:57 pm

Who cares about exciting rugby when you win tough games like that away from home.
Well done scotland

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no9 June 22, 2010 3:13 pm

why is there all this crap going round about scotland being a boring team, the've won a test series in argentina. what the hell else do they have to do to earn some respect from u tools,

perhaps they might get some if they prove their good enough at the world cup.

oh no wait that probably wouldn't be enough for you guys.

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FrankyH June 22, 2010 4:29 pm

There does seem to be a pattern there. I'm not bothered though - a win is a win. Argentina weren't exactly lighting up the field either..

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(u-p)rick June 22, 2010 6:42 pm

RD, or anyone out there, is there any updates about the condition of Thom Evans? I've searched and found nothing new....whilst im aware that injuries take time I was just wondering if there is any news....last info I can find is like the middle of Feb or something...

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NH June 22, 2010 8:15 pm

i think thom might be out for a very long time due to how bad his injury was, but scotland need a back like him that can go that extra inch and score tries, IMO we should put shlong lamont 13 and have max and danielli on the wings but hey what do i know lol.

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Anonymous June 22, 2010 9:39 pm

Sorry guys, spoke to Chris Patterson a couple of weekends ago when he visited our club and he reckons Thoms playing days are sadly over. A real shame to lose Scotlands only man with genuine gas. Lets hope Max can continue to improve and do whatever he can to emulate his wee brother.

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David June 22, 2010 10:01 pm

thats terrible about thom evans, so unlucky. Really hope he manages to recover.

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Anonymous June 22, 2010 11:05 pm

thats why we need mark robertson to get called up. that guy can beat defenders in ways unimaginable...

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Simon June 23, 2010 3:14 am

Just read an update on how Thom was training what shape or form Im not sure of, but it was indicated to him at least perhaps his international playing days are over but I doubt he'll give up altogether...

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Juggernauter June 23, 2010 3:14 am

Great win by Scotland!

Even though they were two terribly boring matches, well done by Scotland.

Argentina are an ageing team. Roncero is 33, Scelzo is 34, Ledesma is 37, Contepomi is almost 33... And none of the youngters -like Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Fernandez, Campos, Galindo are good enough.

Plus, of their U20 squad no player raised the bar.

They will get hammered every match of the Quad Nations 'til 2015.

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Nick June 23, 2010 10:32 am

'why is there all this crap going round about scotland being a boring team'

To be honest I reckon they're great from 4-9 and the front row is improving but 2 games and 1 try doesn't sound like the most interesting series.

A bit more flair in the backs and a greater use of Evans and they may be onto something.

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Alexander June 23, 2010 11:19 am

Great for Scotland but maybe a touch sad for Argentina that they're struggling to keep up with the efforts of the class of 2007. The rugby world needs these guys, because there are no other teams outside the tri and six nations sides who are competitive enough; our beloved 'global' game cannot match football as a global game it seems!!

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Towelie June 23, 2010 1:59 pm

Hmmm....Alexander have you seen or heard anything about the world cup?

I really do not like football but I have semi followed the world cup, and its damn funny!!!

France cheat Ireland out of playing in the tournament, and don't even make it out of the tables, and get sent home in disgrace.

England is purely laughable, and apparently blame 'homesickness' oh booo hoo!

Italy (last tournament winners right?) have yet to win a match....

I mean, honestly this tournament is a joke, and finally all those lower class, lower intelligence, brain dead chimps are starting to realise they pay ridiculous amounts of money to see losers.....

Football is going will ofcourse change and it will climb (probably always ahead of rugby)...but its going down...

.....mind you, is that a good thing? more footballers turning to rugby? Uh oh, we'll have more Matt Giteau-esque dives.....

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Believer June 23, 2010 3:33 pm

I reckon Giteau must have been watching replays of Lee Byrne v Scotland!

Fantastic win for Scotland and a great series in general. Some idiots on here, no doubt English, just like any opportunity to slag off Scotland when they do well. However, if they tried to make their comments more constructive like more intelligent contributors they may be able to add to a serious and interesting discussion.

We cannot overlook what a fantastic series win this is, and England proved in 2003 that you can win a WC playing boring as hell, forward orientated, up the jumper rugby, but i don't feel Scotland are quite at the stage yet where they can win continually (although 4 in a row, 3 away from home is a VERY good start) in that tyle alone and they need to fins game breakers.

I agree with having S Lamont at 13 as you just half to look at the first half of the Welsh game to see how well that backline worked and how penatrative it was. Hopefully when Rory Lamont is back he will add a lot more attacking flair than a steady but limited Southwell.

As for Thom, Dan Lydiate recovered from a similar injury to go on and play international again, so i don't see why Thom cannot. I think the biggest question is whether he chooses to or not.

He was quoted not long ago though as saying he hoped to be available to help the Warrioirs at some point next season, which seems a little premature, but clearly indicates his intentions and desire to return, as well as the excellent progress he is making physically!

Fingers crossed he does indeed wear the navy blue again as he really could make all the difference to what is a rapidly improving Scottish side (now 7th in the world again!)

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Juggernauter June 23, 2010 8:39 pm

To Believer

So you are saying these couple of games were all about terrific running rugby?

The game was as boring as hell, but to see the final score was worth it.

Can't wait for the World Cup!

Bet it will be way better then the FIFA one...

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Simon June 23, 2010 9:46 pm

Juggernauter, you say tomato I say shut up.

You find scotland boring because they didnt run the length of the field every play and score a thousand points.....well shame on you, and i feel sorry that you can't see past the scoreline.

that also goes for everyone who calls scotland boring.

I totally agree with no9, you all call scotland boring because their supporters get a little happy and excited.

Its typical, Springboks claim they dont care about the game it means nothing, when they lose.
Everyone bitches at scotland calling them boring when they win..

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Believer June 23, 2010 10:05 pm


When did i even suggest that the two games were "all about terrific running rugby"?

Read my post and you'll see that the point i am making is that while a ot of people just like to be d*cks about it, there is some truth in the fact that Scotlands play could be branded as boring.

HOWEVER, as i have already stated, but clearly need to repeat myself, they are clearly going in the right direction actually consistently grinding out these "boring", ugly wins, and so the natural progression, hopefully, and with the star players i mentioned back, will be to do so with greater confidence, greater pace, more tries etc, and i have every confidence that the way we are going just now, barring any more Evans style injuries to our key players, that we will achieve that!

Honestly, some people really need to read the posts properly before spouting abuse or making sarcy comments!

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Juggernauter June 23, 2010 11:37 pm

Haha point taken

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Embra cat June 27, 2010 11:54 am

Arf... France Vs. the RG's anyone? Much more exciting game to be fair, but I know which result I'd rather take.

Horses for courses n' aw that baws.

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Abbyno7 June 27, 2010 9:24 pm

As a Scottish fan i didn't find either game boring.

Scotland are actually trying to play a fast, but structured, style of play. The conditions in the 2nd test dictated the style of play. Dan Parks kicked the ball more in the first half hour of this match than he did in the whole of the 1st test.

I will admit that Scotland do lack that final cutting edge but that has been the problem for years. I hope Robinson realises that Max Evans is best on the wing where he can have a roaming role. He doesn't have the solidity for centre. Grove or Cairns are better options at 13.

I do hope Mark Robertson gets a go in the side in the Autumn. The guy is fantastic in one on one situations. He's not as fast as Thom Evans but he has a class side-step.

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Anonymous July 16, 2010 1:12 am

Does anyone know when Rory Lamont will be fit again? I agree with the earlier comment about Southwell, steady player but limited. For me , Lamont offers a better attacking threat when he plays and gives Scotland a cutting edge whilst counter attacking . Heres hopeing hes back for this season ! and can the english tossers that roam the site judging scotland please go and take a good f*** to yourself . england could be the most over hyped team ive ever come across. fix your own team before you start judging others. Looking forward to Scotland giveing Johnson and his bumboys a good thrashing at the RWC !

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Anonymous July 20, 2010 6:41 pm

Not sure when R Lamont or Mossy will be fit again; maybe it's time to give Jim Thompson a crack at the #15 shirt? Haven't seen much of him, but he could be the answer. He's young, he's got pace, and he's got a decent boot. And although he's a centre, I think Pete Murchie should be given a chance to crack the national side.

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