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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Lucas Amorosino late try sets up famous win for Argentina over Scotland

Argentina came from behind to beat Scotland in the driving rain of Wellington. Scotland seemingly had the game in control, but a brilliant solo effort from Lucas Amorosino caught them off guard before Felipe Contepomi converted for a 13-12 win.

Dan Parks came on as a late replacement for Scotland and did just as required, as he steered them into a winning position with a well taken snap drop to extend their lead to 12-6. You'd be forgiven for thinking it was all over after that, but a converted Amorosino try from the restart gave Argentina the win.

Parks attempted to repeat his drop goal heroics but failed to connect properly after being pushed onto his left foot by the pressure of the opposition defence. Contepomi, now 34 years old, proved to be invaluable to his side once again, as he toyed with the offside line while Wayne Barnes appeared to be looking elsewhere.

Scotland Coach Andy Robinson described the try his side conceded as 'thirty seconds of madness'.

"We lost a game of rugby. We got to 12-6 and I felt like we were in control of the game. The reason we lost the game was a lapse of concentration. Thirty seconds of madness has really cost us.

"We've got to take our hats off to Argentina to be able to find a way to win the game in the second half. I think in the second half they were outplayed, but they managed to find an answer. It's about being able to finish teams off. We're playing in the best tournament in the world.

"You've got to be able to finish sides like Argentina off. To score a try the way they did, it was Argentina that wanted to win. They took their chance well and won the game. They had to find some answers and they did," said Robinson, whose team will now face England in a crucial clash next week.

You can view the Parks drop and Amorosino try below, and full match highlights on the RWC site.

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koxmoz kox September 25, 2011 2:15 pm

Los 10 minutos mas largos de mi vida·!·!· grande los pumas·!·!·
the 10 min more long of my life!·!·!·!·!·!· aguanten los pumas·!·!·

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ChairmanRice September 25, 2011 3:12 pm

my heart nearly stopped when i saw this

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BuzzKillington September 25, 2011 6:16 pm

Another good display from the minnows. Well done Scotland, you've exceeded all expectations this year.

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katman September 25, 2011 7:27 pm

Well done Pumas. Great determination. Wayne Barnes was rubbish though.

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Reality September 25, 2011 7:42 pm

One of the best matches of the WC so far. It wasn't full of great running rugby, but the Argentinian defence was amazing, and after losing to England when they were by far the better team in my opinion, I'm very happy to see them get this win and make it to the quarters.

I felt Morrisson was very lucky not to be carded. He put it a big off the ball tackle on Contepomi near the end, and I think it was just the fact that Argentina got a try a minute later that made Wayne Barnes just forget about carding the guy, cos Argentina had gotten enough advantage or whatever.

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moddeur September 25, 2011 8:08 pm

You can tell that Wayne Barnes is a nice guy, he just didn't have it in him to blow his whistle for a penalty in the final 7 minutes of play (for either side). For this reason, and also because he told Lobbe that he could go off for a blood bin, when his knee was only barely scratched on the surface.

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guest September 25, 2011 9:38 pm

dr phil has balls of steel

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Juggernauter September 25, 2011 10:43 pm

This was a bloody massive game of ugly, strong, raw rugby. I think Scotland should have won it, they had control of the ball and were the ones who played and offered something else than Agentina, who were just suck tackling.

It's a shame that Wayne Barnes had a lack of balls to award the penalty in Dan Park's failed attempt at goal as all the argentinian backs were off side (even Contepomi admitted it). I mean, what's the point with touch judges and assistants? So far all they've done this WC has been awarding an unexisting penalty to France against Canada. They're supposed to help the ref!

Anyway, hope that Scotland tea it up against England!

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moddeur September 26, 2011 8:53 am

I completely agree here, I've never seen a competition in which line judges are so absent. In the Top14, HC and Super15, which are the competitions I follow, you often see line judges raising their flag for a lot of various reasons ... but in this world cup they seem to be busy looking at the side line.

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Natural7 September 26, 2011 3:01 pm

To be fair on Wayne barnes he was in the right position to be refereeing the ruck, lines men missed the offside in my opinion

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Juggernauter September 26, 2011 4:57 pm

Anyway, Scotland can't hope to win big matches if they keep spoling good scoring chances several times a game. There finishing ability comes down to what Max Evans can do, and they really need to prove their worth against England if they are to make a statement at this World Cup.

The fact that they won narrowly against both Romania and Georgia could prove costly now - given that Argentina and England scored heavy victories against Romania and that Argenitna is likely to beat Georgia.

Ah, if only Joe Ansbro knew how to pass the ball...

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aaaaaaaaaa September 26, 2011 12:41 am

can somebody explain me how leicester let lucas gonzalez go, without giving him any cvhance to play?

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Juggernauter September 26, 2011 4:46 pm

He was way down the pecking order at fullback (behind Hamilton and Murphy) and on the wings (behind Agulla, Smith, Alesana Tuilagi and now Tait and Morris).

He got his chance while most international players were away in international windows, and showed good stuff on attack, but his defencewas alway source of scare and Leicester have a reputation to keep a stron XV with experienced players like Murphy, A Tuilagi and Smith, and after a bit he knew he wasn't gonna play. Heck, even one hell of aplyer like Agulla is has had to fight his way into the team.

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japanmannz September 27, 2011 1:49 pm

this was the best game of the WC so far. both teams played an amazing game in the conditions.
Scotland should of won the game but that the way things go.
the way the scots played was great! they had a game plan from the beginning and kept at it. and worked for the majority of the game.
I can see scotland playing even better against England. which is gonna make it a VERY interesting game indead!!

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