Scots score historic win

Scotland became the first Test team to win in Tucuman when they beat Argentina 24-16 on Saturday.

The contest was marred by handling errors and a lack of composure that would have been punished by the top-tier teams. Scotland were especially guilty of dropping the ball in promising positions while flyhalf Dan Parks missed three attempts at goal.

It was Parks’ two early misses that allowed Argentina to hold onto their initial lead. Gonzalo Tiesi rounded off some beautiful interplay by the hosts for the first try while flanker Juan Manuel Leguizamon did well to score the second. Flyhalf Felipe Contepomi missed both conversion-attempts, but featured prominently in the build up to the tries.

Scotland managed to edge their way back with Parks slotting a penalty and a drop goal. The Pumas also lost some momentum when Leguizamon was yellow-carded for a breakdown infringement.

The Scotland attack continued to stutter in the second period, but Parks kicked an important penalty in the 53rd minute to earn his team the lead. Two subsequent long range penalties and another drop goal earned the visitors an eight-point cushion.

Contepomi booted a three-pointer of his own to set up a dramatic end to this clash of the Test minnows, but unfortunately for the hosts, their structured attack was poor. Park slotted his sixth penalty to reclaim the previous cushion, and the Scots held on for a famous win.