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Saturday 19th November 17:00 GMT

 

Scotland need to pick themselves up from the disappointment of yet another narrow defeat at the hands of the Australian Wallabies last weekend, in readiness for yet another tough assignment on Saturday, when they host Los Pumas from Argentina at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. The Scots had led the Wallabies by 17-10 at the interval, before succumbing late on to a late converted try, leaving the final score at 22-23. There was little consolation in having outscored their visitors by 3-2 tries. In the two games that they played on home soil in the 2016 6-Nations, Scotland had beaten France 29-18, but lost to England 9-15.

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Los Pumas began their European tour with a 20-24 defeat in Cardiff last weekend against Wales. That result leaves them with a record of just two wins and seven defeats during 2016. The wins came against a weakened France and the Springboks in the Rugby Championship, both on home soil. Argentina are currently ranked eighth by the IRB, while Scotland are ninth in the rankings. A Scottish victory on Saturday, will see them leapfrog their visitors in the ratings. With the 2019 World Cup draw taking place in May 2017, and the IRB's rankings being used to place sides into bands for the draw, both sides will be anxious to secure victory and steal a march on their rivals.

Posted: 8th November 2014

 

Scotland have selected brothers Richie and Jonny Gray to partner one another in the second row at Murrayfield on Saturday, in the first of the Autumn Test matches, against the Argentina Pumas. The Scots head coach, Vern Cotter has also selected Glasgow Warriors' Mark Bennett and Adam Ashe to make their international debuts at outside centre and number eight respectively.

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Cotter has certainly based his team selection on current form, with 10 of the starting XV coming from the Warriors, who have started the current Guinness PRO12 tournament in terrific form, with just one defeat in their opening seven matches. The only non-Warrior amongst the backs is the captain, Greig Laidlaw, now plying his trade at Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership, who starts at Scrum Half. The two sides met during the Summer in Argentina, when Scotland defeated very much a second string Pumas team by 21-19, as they recorded three wins from their four game trip to the Americas and South Africa. When restored to full strength for the Rugby Championship, the Pumas looked a much more competitive outfit, running the Southern Hemisphere giants from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa close in nearly all their fixtures, including a first ever win in the competition against the Wallabies.


Tags: Murrayfield Stadium, Scotland, Argentina, Vern Cotter, Rugby Championship
Posted: 19th November 2016


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