Friday, September 23, 2011

Argentina vs Scotland 2010 - Match 1

As promised, the countdown to the all important Argentina vs Scotland Pool B clash will continue to show the results of recent matches between the two sides. Now is time for the fourth match played between them since France 2007. The match was played in the Northern Argentine city of Tucumán where rugby is the most popular sport and where Argentina had never lost a match previously. Scotland arrived in Argentina after impressing in the Six Nations with a great win over Ireland at Croke Park and a very unlucky loss to Wales on fulltime at the Millenium Stadium. Argentina had not played since November 2009 and the last match was Argentina´s 9-6 tryless win at Murrayfield. The lack of game time together combined with players missing to injury and the fact that Los Pumas fielded a number of amateur players as well as having little time together meant the side had certinaly not had ideal preperation.

Scotland took the bull be the horns and scored a 24-16 win to make history at the Estadio Monumental Jose Fierro in Tucumán. Scotland´s win was down to one man, the man of the match, Dan Parks who kicked all 24 of his sides points to leave Argentine players scratching their heads as they went down by eight points despite scoring two tries to zero. The win was regarded as one of the most important in the history of Scottish rugby and was only the third ever time that Scotland has defeated Los Pumas. Argentina were their own enemies as referee Dave Pearson continually penalized them which gave Parks the opportunity to regularly put points on the board.

Los Pumas got off to a great start as outside centre, Gonzalo Tiesi finished off a well worked counter attack from inside the Argentine 22 to put Argentina 5-0 ahead in only the third minute of the match. Felipe Contepomi failed to convert the try and Scotland were on the board several minutes latter as Dan Parks kicked his first penalty in the seventh minute. Contepomi landed a penalty before Parks slotted his second as Argentina looked like controlling the game midway through the first half as Los Pumas were having the better of play. Argentina scored its second try in the 28th minute as the forwards had powered into the Scottish 22. Contepomi kicked over the defence for winger, Horacio Agulla to collect and offload in the tackle to Juan Manuel Leguizamón who just managed to ground the ball on the tryline. Contepomi again failed to convert the try which hurt Argentina as Dan Parks was able to kick a penalty and a dropgoal late in the half to make it 13-12 at halftime to Argentina.

The one point lead was barely enough considering it was a two tries to one scoreline and Los Pumas realistically should have been at least eight points clear. Dan Parks went about his business in the secondhalf as Los Pumas had a forgettable forty minutes. parks kicked a further twelve points shile all Argentina could manage was a solitary penalty goal to Felipe Contepomi. Los Pumas were on the recieving end of a high penalty count which Parks used to help Scotland defeat Argentina. Los Pumas did have reason to feel hard done by as Scotland were routinely kicklling the ball at ruck time to prevent Argentina from advancing. One one occasion, Sean Lamont commited a professional foul that would usually be yellow carded. Los Pumas, however, had no answer on the day and in the end needed to learn from the match if they were to get the better of Scotland when it counts - in Wellington on September 25, 2011.
Argentina

15 Martín Rodríguez Gurruchaga (Atletico de Rosario)
14 Lucas Borges (Albi, France)
13 Gonzalo Tiesi (Harlequins, England)
12 Santiago Fernández (Hindú)
11 Horacio Agulla (Brive, France)
10 Felipe Contepomi captain (Toulon, France)
9 Alfredo Lalanne (London Irish, England)
8 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe (Toulon, France)
7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón (Stade Français, France)
6 Genaro Fessia (Córdoba Athletic)
5 Patricio Albacete (Toulouse, France)
4 Manuel Carizza (Biarritz, France)
3 Martín Scelzo (Clermont, France)
2 Mario Ledesma (Clermont, France)
1 Rodrigo Roncero (Stade Francais, France)

Reserves

16 Agustín Creevy (San Luis)
17 Marcos Ayerza (Leicester Tigers, England)
18 Mariano Galarza (Universitario La Plata)
19 Alejandro Campos (Montauban, France)
20 Agustín Figuerola (CASI)
21 Ignacio Mieres (Stade Francais, France)
22 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino (Leicester Tigers, France)

Scotland

15 Hugo Southwell (Stade Francais, France)
14 Max Evans (Glasgow Warriors)
13 Nick De Luca (Edinburgh)
12 Graeme Morrison (Glasgow Warriors)
11 Sean Lamont (Scarlets, Wales)
10 Dan Parks (Glasgow Warriors)
9 Rory Lawson (Gloucester)
8 Johnnie Beattie (Glasgow Warriors)
7 John Barclay (Glasgow Warriors)
6 Kelly Brown (Glasgow Warriors)
5 Alaistair Kellock captain (Glasgow Warriors)
4 Jim Hamilton (Edinburgh)
3 Moray Low (Glasgow Warriors)
2 Ross Ford (Edinburgh)
1 Alaisdair Jacobsen (Edinburgh)

Reserves

16 Scott Lawson (Gloucester, England)
17 Geoff Cross (Edinburgh)
18 Scott MacLeod (Edinburgh)
19 Alaisdair Strokosch (Gloucester)
20 Mike Blair (Edinburgh)
21 Phil Godman (Edinburgh)
22 J Thompson (Edinburgh)

Match Two to be posted in 24 hours





1 comment:

  1. Argentina comes away with a victory over Scotland -- vamos Pumas!!! Next victim, Georgia on 2 October. For more about the past, present and future of Argentina rugby, check out this piece from Matt Chesterton: http://www.therealargentina.com/argentinian-wine-blog/el-rugby-argentina-rugby-union-the-rugby-world-cup/

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