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Scotland v Argentina - story of the match

Published 19/11/2016

Greig Laidlaw snatched victory for Scotland
Greig Laidlaw snatched victory for Scotland

Skipper Greig Laidlaw rescued scrappy Scotland as he slotted over a last-gasp penalty to steal a 19-16 win over Argentina.

There was little to separate the teams before Nicolas Sanchez scored the opening try for the visitors five minutes after half-time - but Scotland hit back with wing Sean Maitland's touchdown just four minutes later.

Vern Cotter's men were devastated when they allowed Australia to snatch victory with a late penalty last week but this time it was Laidlaw who was celebrating as he booted over his winning kick in stoppage time.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"A draw would probably have been a fair result, but if you can win ugly, that's always very satisfying. Work to do before Georgia" - former Scotland captain David Sole (‏@davidsole678).

STAR MAN

Huw Jones. On a day when few in Dark Blue were able to impress, the Stormers centre stood out. Having scored a try double on his debut last week against Australia, the 22-year-old then fired Scotland back into the contest against Argentina with a brilliant offload for Maitland's try.

MOAN OF THE MATCH

Scotland were looking to build on a swashbuckling display against the Wallabies last weekend but their performance against the Pumas was almost derailed by a series of basic mistakes. They got lucky in the end with Laidlaw's stoppage-time kick.

DATA POINT

Scotland have now won five of their last six meetings with Argentina but Saturday's triumph is only their third over the Pumas at Murrayfield having lost four in a row between 1999 and 2009.

RATINGS

Scotland

Stuart Hogg: 7/10

Sean Maitland: 7

Huw Jones: 7

Alex Dunbar: 7

Tommy Seymour: 6

Finn Russell: 6

Greig Laidlaw: 7

Allan Dell: 6

Fraser Brown: 6

Zander Fagerson: 5

Grant Gilchrist: 6

Jonny Gray: 8

Magnus Bradbury: 7

Hamish Watson: 7

John Barclay: 7

Replacements

Peter Horne (on for Jones, 58): 6

Ryan Wilson (on for Bradbury, 58): 6

Moray Low (on for Fagerson, 58): 6

Ross Ford (on for Brown, 68): 6

Tim Swinson (on for Gilchrist, 71): 6

Alex Allan (on for Dell, 74): 6

Tim Visser (on for Thorne, 79): 6

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Scotland v Georgia (Saturday, November 26)

England v Argentina (Saturday, November 26)

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