Sunday 11 December 2016

Laidlaw relieved to edge Scots past Pumas

Scotland 19 Argentina 16

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Published 21/11/2016 | 02:30

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw kept his nerve. Photo: Getty
Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw kept his nerve. Photo: Getty

Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw thinks his side got their reward for refusing to panic against Argentina.

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The scrappy Scots struggled to shake off the streetwise South Americans but eventually ground out a win thanks to their captain's stoppage-time penalty. It was sweet relief for the Gloucester scrum-half after he admitted letting Australia off the hook in last week's narrow 23-22 defeat when he struck the post with a conversion.

Greig Laidlaw of Scotland prepares to take the last kick of the game and secure a win. Photo: Getty
Greig Laidlaw of Scotland prepares to take the last kick of the game and secure a win. Photo: Getty

The 31-year-old feared history was repeating itself when he smashed the same upright with the scores locked at 16-16 and just two minutes left. But having earlier seen his side cancel out Nicolas Sanchez's opening try with a quick-fire Sean Maitland touchdown, the captain kept his nerve when he was given a second chance with 82-and-a-half minutes on the clock.

"That post doesn't like me at the minute," he said. "I struck it lovely but it just stayed dead straight and hung out to the right. The boys were giving me stick for taking two goes to win it but I was pretty happy to see the second one go between the posts."

Scotland - S Hogg; S Maitland, H Jones (P Horne, 57 (T Visser, 79)), A Dunbar; F Russell, G Laidlaw (capt); A Dell (A Allan, 74), F Brown (R Ford, 21-32 & 68), Z Fagerson (M Low, 50), G Gilchrist (T Swinson, 70), J Gray, M Bradbury (R Wilson, 50), H Watson, J Barclay.
Argentina - J Tuculet; M Moroni (J de la Fuente, 75), M Orlando, JM Hernandez (JP Estelles, 70), R Moyano; N Sanchez (T Cubelli, 58), M Landajo; L Noguera S Botta, 70), A Creevy (capt (J Montoya, 70)), R Herrera (E Pieretto, 70, G Petti, M Alemmanno, P Matera, JO Desio, F Isa (L Senatore, 55).
Ref - B O'Keefe (NZ)

Scotland's lock Grant Gilchrist (C) is tackled by Argentina's lock Guido Petti Pagadizaval. Photo: Getty
Scotland's lock Grant Gilchrist (C) is tackled by Argentina's lock Guido Petti Pagadizaval. Photo: Getty

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