Monday, June 14, 2010
Dan Parks kicked Scotland to a great win over Argentina in Tucuman on the weekend as they won came away with the 24-16 away victory, Argentinas first ever loss at that famous venue.
Argentina had the better of the starts as they scored two tries through Gonzalo Tiesi and Juan-Manual Leguizamon. Scotland and Parks werent too concerned though and the flyhalf kicked six penalties and landed two drop goals.
Coach Andy Robinson commended his side for the way in which they stuck in there.
"I can't praise them highly enough. This is one of the most hostile places to play in the world and they did a great job. Not only did Dan Parks find the target when it mattered, he produced an excellent performance," he said.
Parks himself was pleased with the result, and happy to have earned the respect of the locals.
"We had been told about the supporters here and how it was one of the toughest places to play. But near the end they were applauding and cheering us. That is a measure of how well we played after a shaky start.
"It was particularly satisfying to earn the appreciation of fans like them. They know their rugby! I just happened to pick up some points but it was a superb all-round team effort, Parks said.
Scottish legend Jim Telfer has tipped his team to win the next match when the two sides meet again on Saturday, but is concerned about their lack of tries.
"It's worrying, because they had plenty of the ball, they tried to move it wide - sometimes that's fairly predictable," said Telfer.
"But Argentina is an ageing team, going backwards. Scotland are going forward."
Much requested by Scottish fans, this video features the points scored throughout the match.