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Argentina's Agustín Creevy reflects on painful defeat to Scotland

Argentina captain Agustín Creevy admits his side were given a rugby lesson the last time they ran out at Murrayfield.

The Pumas return to Edinburgh on Saturday two years after their last visit ended in a 41-31 defeat to Vern Cotter's Scots.

But the 10-point winning margin did not tell the full story of the Dark Blues' dominance, after they switched off in the final 10 minutes to allow the South Americans to run in three tries.

Argentina have made some significant strides forward since joining the Rugby Championship earlier that year and now Creevy wants to show how far his team have come when they square up to the Scots again this weekend.

"The memory of the last game in Murrayfield is still with us," said the hooker. "They gave us a lesson and we know that we cannot relax because they were able to get us 40 points as in 2014.

"They know how to play and that's why it's a nice rematch for us and it's going to be a good match to see.where we are.

The match has added importance to both sides as they battle for a place in the world's top eight rugby nations.

The World Rugby rankings will be used to allocate seedings when the draw for the 2019 World Cup in Japan is made next May and sides ranked outside the top eight face having to battle past two big guns to make it out of the pools and into the quarter-finals.

Argentina currently occupy eighth spot but Scotland can overtake the Pumas with a win - a fact not lost on Creevy.

"Taking into account the amount of times that we play this will be one of the most important matches of the year," he said. " Scotland is a very difficult rival but we will try to implement our game"

The Scots have made four changes after last week's narrow loss to Australia but Creevy is disappointed Ross Ford - who won his 100th cap against the Wallabies - is only starting on the bench.

He said: "They have made some changes, but they are a settled team that will present a tough battle. I would have liked to be able to face Ford because he is a great player, but perhaps I'll see him in the second half."


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