Laidlaw relieved to edge Scots past Pumas
Scotland 19 Argentina 16
Published 21/11/2016 | 02:30
Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw thinks his side got their reward for refusing to panic against Argentina.
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.
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)