Saturday, June 19, 2010

TEST RUGBY: Scotland in Argentina

Scotland v Argentina in Mar del Plata

Venue: Estadio Jose Maria Minella

Referee: Christophe Berdos (France)

There has been a series of see-saw results between these two nations in the last two years. Last weekend Scotland won by being able to contain Argentina up front, penetrate through their backs and milk the flow of penalties as Argentina took an undisciplined approach to the game. The question will be can Argentina correct their errors and prevent a rare home series loss, and a first-time ever Scottish series win overseas.

Last Five Encounters
12.06.2010 Scotland 24-16 in Tucuman
28.11.2009 Argentina 9-6 at Murrayfield
14.06.2008 Scotland 26-14 in Buenos Aires
07.06.2008 Argentina 21-15 in Rosario
07.10.2007 Argentina 19-13 in Paris (World Cup, quarter final)

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table-Scotland 5th, Argentina 6th
IRB Rankings-Argentina 7th (78.89), Scotland 9th (78.47)

Prediction: Argentina by 3



M Rodriguez (Stade Francais, France); L Gonzalez Amorosino (Leicester, England), G Tiesi (Stade Francais, France), S Fernandez (Montpellier, France), H Agulla (Leicester, England); F Contepomi, Capt. (Toulon), A Figuerola (CASI); R Roncero (Stade Francais, France), M Ledesma (Clermont Auvergne, France), M Scelzo (Clermont Auvergne. France), M Carizza (Biarritz, France), P Albacete (Stade Toulousian, France), G Fessia (Cordoba Athletic), JM Leguizamon (Stade Francais, France), JM Fernandez Lobbe (Toulon, France).
Replacements: M Ayerza (Leicester, England), S Guzman (Tucuman RC), A Campos (Montauban, France), N Vergallo (Dax, France), R Carballo (Beagles Bordeaux, France), L Borges (Albi, France).
Head Coach: Santiago Phelan


H Southwell (Stade Francais, France); S Lamont (Llanelly Scarlets, Wales), M Evans (Glasgow Warriors), G Morrison (Glasgow Warriors), S Danielli (Ulster, Ireland); D Parks (Glasgow Warriors), R Lawson (Gloucester, England); A Jacobsen (Edinburgh), R Ford (Edinburgh), M Low (Glasgow Warriors), J Hamilton (Edinburgh), A Kellock (Glasgow Warriors), K Brown (Glasgow Warriors), J Beattie (Glasgow Warriors), J Barclay (Glasgow Warriors).
Replacements: S Lawson (Gloucester, England), A Dickinson (Gloucester, England), S MacLeod (Edinburgh), A Strokosch (Gloucester, England), M Blair (Edinburgh), P Godman (Edinburgh), N De Luca (Edinburgh)
Head Coach: Andy Robinson

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