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Argentina v Scotland as it happened

Sean Lamont bursts through the Argentine defence

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By Thomas McGuigan

2152: What an achievement for Scotland: their first series win in the southern hemisphere with two Test victories of contrasting styles. Thanks for your company and comments tonight. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

My Sport
StandfreeFM on My Sport: "Brilliant. Scrum was great again today, filthy conditions but got the win."

2128: Joyous celebrations among Scottish ranks on the sodden pitch, and a "well done" from tartan-trouser-bedecked former Scotland international Doddie Weir back in Glasgow!

2127: Superb stuff from Scotland: the victory in Mar del Plata clinches a 2-0 series win over the Pumas, and, with it, a first series win in the southern hemisphere.

Full time
FULL-TIME Argentina 9-13 Scotland

2125: Umbrellas and expectant Pumas fans bob up and down in the stand but Scott MacLeod intercepts the Argentine lineout and the ball is cleared to touch. The Scots have done it!

2124: Here it comes: the Argentine set-piece in the final minute...

2123: Argentina are up to the Scotland 22 but the visitors are refusing to buckle; Lawson remains strong and alert to the danger.

2122: The soaked Argentine jerseys are hanging heavily on their shoulders as time slips away. The hosts need to spear deep into Scotland territory if they are to rescue this Test and the series.

2120: Dan Parks comes agonizingly close with a mammoth drop-goal attempt but it falls short and wide. Three minutes remaining in Mar del Plata...

2119: "The Scottish scrum has come of age on this tour. I've never seen an Argentine side make so many mistakes." BBC Scotland commentator John Beattie

PENALTY: Argentina 9-13 Scotland
2118: Dan Parks rediscovers his shooting boots to extend Scotland's lead to four points with seven minutes remaining. The tension is unbearable!

2115: Kelly Brown drives the Scots forward in the pouring rain with nine minutes remaining. This is becoming a war of attrition and the home fans have fallen silent again. A penalty for Scotland, and for Dan Parks...

2114: Pressure is eased on the Scots as referee Christophe Berdos penalises the Pumas for going over the top. Scotland need a moment of brilliance to clinch this Test.

2112: The Scots have a chance to break but Max Evans opts for a long, long kick which is gobbled up by Rodriguez. Andy Robinson's men are within touching distance of a first series win in the southern hemisphere.

2111: "Skies darkening; Scots looking weary. Can they hold on?" BBC Scotland's Jim Mason in Mar del Plata

2110: "In these last 13 minutes it's all about controlling the ball. Control the ball and you control the game." Former Scotland captain Andy Nicol

2108:
My Sport
GK1982 on My Sport: "Scotland need to learn to win games like this if they are to become a good side again... come on boys!"

2107: The Pumas bring on Carballo for injured skipper Contepomi, who is on the sidelines receiving treatment for a knee injury. Could that change disturb Argentina's rhythm? We've got 15 minutes remaining.

2104: The rain, much like Argentina, has stepped up a gear in this second half. Much like the rain in the film LA Confidential. It's bucketing down...

PENALTY: Argentina 9-10
2104: Martin Rodriguez makes it a one-point ball game as he slots the ball through the posts. Nerve-shredding stuff now...

2101: I wonder if the Scots would be happy to escape with only conceding three points here. The Pumas looked odds-on to score their first try of the game there.

2100: The Scots are penalised for offside as the Pumas looked to be heading for the line with a menacing maul. Referee Christophe Berdos's whistle triggers dismay in Scottish ranks.

2059: Probing, running, mauling: the Pumas are furiously trying to find an opening but the Scots are still holding firm.

2058: The soaked home fans find their voices like a distant rumble of thunder in Mar del Plata; they fancy their chances of winning this one.

2057: Hang on a minute... Felipe Contepomi skews his penalty wide and spurns the chance to move within a point of the Scots. A little over 20 minutes remaining, can Scotland hang on?

2055:
My Sport
wicklowscott on My Sport: "Scotland really are an improving team... expect them to challenge for 6 Nations next year.. and a surprise against the AB in Edinburgh?"

2053: Felipe Contepomi sparks a dangerous Argentine break but a knock-on lets Scotland out of jail with the Pumas having plenty of options on the outside. Oh, for a Dan Parks penalty to calm Scottish nerves in the next five minutes.

2052: "This is a crucial part of the game and neither side will be keen on taking too many risks." BBC Scotland commentator John Beattie

2051: The Argentine defence are baring their teeth in this second half and this game is far from over.

2049: To be fair to both sides, trying to keep the ball under control when it comes to hand must be akin to keeping a leaping salmon under a trusty mitt. The conditions are not conducive to free-flowing rugby...

2048: "The Scotland fans in the crowd are happy so far - with their fingers crossed!" BBC Scotland's Jim Mason in Mar del Plata

2047: Argentina are back to their full complement of players and Scotland will be disappointed not to have scored during their numerical advantage.

2046: The Pumas, under severe pressure in their 22, refuse to buckle under the Scots' onslaught and clear their lines.

2045: Ross Ford's lineout finds Johnnie Beattie and the ball finds its way to Parks and high into the Argentine half once again. The ball is spending a lot of time in the air...

2043: The Pumas half-wheel Scotland's rolling maul before the visitors send it deep into Argentine territory. High kicks and possession are traded and it's all a bit scrappy.

2040: Argentina captain Felipe Contepomi leads from the front as he searches for an opening without success. The 14-man Pumas are trying to turn the screw.

2039: The Scots are 40 minutes away from winning a first Test series in the southern hemisphere. We're under way in the second half.

2033: Former Scotland lock Doddie Weir is part of the summarising team on BBC Two Scotland. He's wearing a pair of eye-catching tartan trousers that would certainly pierce the Argentine gloom and drizzle. They have to be seen to be believed and would look top-notch under strobe lighting on a dancefloor. Golfer Ian Poulter will be on the phone wanting a pair...

2032:
My Sport
Harvey on My Sport: "Couple of dropped balls by Argentina now, maybe a boring high ball can help settle Scotland down and keep them in the right half of the pitch."

2029: The wind and rain have made this second Test in Argentina seem more like a Six Nations battle in Edinburgh in March, but the Scots must be happy with their display so far.

Half time
HALF-TIME: Argentina 6-10 Scotland

2026: "The weather isn't great tonight but it hasn't affected Scotland who are still playing their off-loading game." Former Scotland captain Andy Nicol

2025: The rain continues to batter down in Mar del Plata but it hasn't cooled the Pumas' ire as they look to win the second Test and avoid a series defeat.

2023: Rodrigo Roncero receives a yellow card as Argentine frustration boils over. The Stade Francais prop trudges off, despite his impressive wide-eyed innocence. Can the Scots make their numerical advantage pay in the remaining three minutes of this first half?

2022: Dan Parks kicks into space once again as there's little chance to offload amid a swarm of on-rushing Pumas - what a sight!

2019: The Scots spurn a chance to extend their lead as Dan Parks misses his second penalty in a row. A rueful shake of the head from the stand-off there; hope the Scots don't rue those lost six points. Argentina being penalised and becoming more frustrated as the half wears on. Max Evans's break hints at what the Scots are capable of

2017: The chorus of Argentine boos must've put Dan Parks off, as the Scotland points-machine sends his penalty wide of the post. The Scots remain four points ahead with a little over nine minutes until the break.

2016: Max Evans sparks a quick Scotland break and offloads before the visitors almost break through a couple of desperate Argentina tackles. The Scots earn a penalty for their labours. Here comes Dan Parks...

2014: "Both sides experiencing periods of ascendancy in front of a large but very quiet crowd." BBC Scotland's Jim Mason in Mar del Plata

2013:
My Sport
the1withpaceon My Sport: "The try aside both teams are struggling to find some momentum, Argentina struggling to find possession. I think we're in for a mistake-ridden 20 minutes before both teams settle"

PENALTY: Argentina 6-10 Scotland
2011: Dan Parks silences the crowd once again with another superb kick. That's eased some of the pressure on the Scots with about 15 minutes remaining of a compelling first half.

2008: Conceding a couple of penalties has seen Scotland lose the initiative, but Jim Hamilton's try must've brought a smile to Andy Robinson's face.

PENALTY: Argentina 6-7 Scotland
2006 The boot of Felipe Contepomi puts the Pumas to within a point of Scotland. The visitors need to regain their composure.

2005: Try-scorer Jim Hamilton is penalised for failing to roll away and Argentina have a second penalty.

2004: The ball is scrambled back to Dan Parks and he clears to touch but the home crowd sense a score here...

2003: We've had 17 fairly bruising minutes and the Pumas are beginning to exert a bit of pressure on the Scots. Argentina have a lineout deep in Scotland's 22. But it's a good steal by Al Kellock.

2000: PENALTY: Argentina 3-7 Scotland The Pumas reduce the deficit as Felipe Contepomi splits the posts with a routine penalty in front of goal.

1959: Penalty for Argentina after John Barclay is penalised for not releasing.

1957: "Scotland can't afford to let the Argentine forwards get into this game." Former Scotland captain Andy Nicol

1956: Andy Robinson's men have the hosts on the back foot; Parks is finding his kicking range amid the torrential rain in Mar del Plata.

1954: Dan Parks attempts an audacious drop-goal from just inside Argentine territory but it drifts just wide of the right-hand post.

1952: Dan Parks feeds Kelly Brown but he fails to profit from a promising opening with a frustrating knock-on. But the Scots have silenced the home supporters with an enterprising start.

1950: CONVERSION: Argentina 0-7 Scotland Dan Parks is gun-barrel straight with is conversion and the Scots have started impressively in this second and potential series-winning Test.

1948: TRY: Argentina 0-5 Scotland Jim Hamilton plunges over following a successful maul after Dan Parks's well-placed penalty had put the visitors in an excellent position in the corner. Lock Hamilton draws first blood for the Scots.

1947: Johnnie Beattie gets an early chance to spear his way into Argentine territory but he's soon swamped by fired-up Pumas.

1946: Dan Parks gets us under way!

1945: With treacherous conditions overhead and underfoot it will be interesting to see how both sides handle in the early stages.

1943: The national anthems of the respective sides give the players and supporters alike the chance to clear the lungs and keep the circulation going: it looks quite cold. BBC Scotland's Jim Mason is our man out there; I hope he's got his long-johns on...

1942:
My Sport
the1withpace on My Sport: "How concerned will Scotland be with scoring tries? Or will they hope to show consistency and improvement in the form of a second test victory to clinch the series?"

1939: Argentine flags and umbrellas are held aloft as both sides are cheered onto the sodden turf in Mar del Plata.

1938: Scotland have been relying on the trusty right boot of Dan Parks to keep the scoreboard ticking over: he scored all 24 points in last weekend's win. He needs some help.

1934: Johnnie Beattie's try in the 23-20 win over Ireland at Croke Park in the final game of last season's Six Nations saw the Scots avoid the dreaded wooden spoon. Max Evans and John Barclay weighed in with a try each in the defeat by Wales at Cardiff: a loss that still sends shivers down the spine...

1932: Scotland are growing in confidence and stature under Andy Robinson but lack composure in the opposition 22.

1931: Stade Francais prop Rodrigo Roncero believes Argentina have a score to settle after last Saturday's reverse. "You cannot play rugby if you give away as many penalties as we gave last Saturday, but we have what it takes to correct it," he said. "We scored two tries and that's a good thing. We controlled the ball and, despite penalties, Scotland never got into our try line."

1930: Santiago Guzman and Rafael Carballo are among the replacements, Mariano Galarza and Ignacio Mieres miss out. Nicolas Vergallo will be the Pumas' replacement scrum-half.

1928: Argentina make two changes to the side beaten by Scotland in Tucuman. Coach Santiago Phelan brings scrum-half Agustin Figuerola in for Alfredo Lalanne, while Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino replaces Lucas Borges on the left wing.

1925:
My Sport
Saint WLG - making Britain Great since 1989 on My Sport: "Can the Scots clinch a series win with another victory over the Pumas? Probably not. Unless they managed to find some consistency... which I will be surprised at. Good luck!"

1922: Robinson would be even more chuffed if the Scots find a cutting edge in the Argentine 22, and a try or two would certainly ease the scoring burden on stand-off Dan Parks.

1921: The Scots are aiming to secure their first series win in the southern hemisphere. Andy Robinson's side, buoyed by last week's 24-16 victory in Tucuman, make only one change, with winger Simon Danielli coming in for Nick de Luca in the final Test.

1920: Welcome to the live text commentary of Scotland's second Test against Argentina in Mar del Plata.



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