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- Pool B
- 25th Sep 2011
- KO 08:30
- Ground: Wellington Regional Stadium
- Att: 35,000
Argentina v Scotland - Live
Full time What drama, what a game! It wasn't a classic in terms of running rugby but oh boy it was edge of your seat stuff as both teams gave it everything! Phew. It was the lone try of the game from Gonzalez Amorosino that was the difference and it would appear a mere formality that the Pumas are through to the quarter-finals. It's not over though for the Scots, if they beat England in their final game they may still have a shot.
80 Scotland are working it through the phases but they're not making much progress, edging it up to the halfway line. It's turned over though and Bosch clears it! Argentina have won it!
80 The Scots have one last chance. We're injury time and they're back in their own half.
79 Parks goes for the drop and he can't get it! Under massive pressure he's forced onto the left foot and can't make it!
79 And they have it! The Scottish scrum is great at under pressure the Pumas hold on at the ruck. It's a howler from Gonzalez Amorosino as he fails to hold on to the touch finder!
One last push We'll restart with a scrum to Argentina and the Scots need to get their hands on the ball immediately if they're to have a chance here. A groggy looking Kelly Brown leaves the field.
78 Priceless stuff as the Pumas steal the Scottish line-out! Vergallo clears and the Brown can't take the kick. Play is called to a halt with some serious concern over two players lying on the ground. There has been a clash of heads so play is stopped where it continued in the past with other injuries.
77 Vergallo clears from the base and Brown takes it well. The ball is knocked on and the Pumas have it back. They look for territory and again it's Brown who takes. Scotland bash it up with all the players involved. Parks grubbers it through into the 22m but the chase isn't good enough and Gonzalez Amorosino clears.
73 CONVERSION, ARGENTINA, CONTEPOMI 13-12. No mistake from the skipper this time as he adds the two points and Argentina are ahead!
72 TRY, ARGENTINA, GONZALEZ AMOROSINO, 12-11. Unbelievable! Wow, this is incredible! Super stuff from Argentina as they hit back straight away! The replacement Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino breaks down the right-hand touchline and through the tackle of Paterson before jinking inside and over for the try!
71 DROP GOAL, SCOTLAND, PARKS, 12-6. Scotland take the line-out clearly and referee Barnes puts his hand out for advantage to the attacking side. With this in mind Parks goes for the drop and gets it over!
70 Argentina clear but Camacho is penalised for going off his feet and for playing the ball in the ruck and Scotland set up a line-out five out from the Argentina line, a super kick from Parks! His first kick of the game and he goes for the jugular and just gets it right, for a moment it looked like it was going to go wrong but he's got it on the money.
69 Jackson hammers the 22 away but it's returned right back at him and the fly-half takes it well. Paterson puts in a super kick, in to the Pumas 22 and it's Scotland we are back on the front foot but how long will it last? Interesting stuff as Jackson is replaced by Parks. Not sure about that switch to be honest.
68 Can Argentina strike back? They have a chance as Argentina hit it up through the phases. Scotland are strong in defence but Hamilton is penalised for not releasing the tackler. Almost straight in front on the 10m line. But it's off the post! Scotland clear. Big, big moment.
65 DROP GOAL, SCOTLAND, JACKSON, 9-6. Oh, a mistake there as the Pumas put it out on the full as they look to clear after the restart. They're made to pay for the mistake too! Scotland take the ball through a few phases before Jackson goes for the drop and makes it!
63 PENALTY, ARGENTINA, CONTEPOMI, 6-6. Big moment here as Geoff Cross is penalised at the scrum and Contepomi as a much easier chance to level the scores from the 10m line but closer in. And he puts it over! The scores are level!
62 Scottish skipper Lawson is replaced by the experienced Mike Blair, not a bad man to have on the bench. And they have Chris Cusiter sitting in the stands - crazy depth at nine. Jackson again peppers Rodríguez with a high kick who returns the compliment. Paterson can't hold on though and the Pumas gain the initiative. The rain is pelting down!
61 Scotland are pinged for being offside at the ruck that ensues from the line-out and Contepomi is going to have a crack from the 10m line and 15m in from the right-hand touchline. He's kicking in to the wind, this will be tough. And he doesn't get it,dragging it out to the left.
59 Lawson looks to use the up and under again but the Gloucester man just doesn't have it right and it's out on the full.
58 Scotland win the line-out but there isn't much happening out wide so Paterson goes for the drop but can't find the target! He'll be disappointed with that, he had plenty of time.
57 Jackson tries to stab a little kick through but it ricochets into the hands of the Pumas. Bosch looks to make meters in the midfield - he's been a willing runner throughout - but the defence is good. Argentina carry it up well but Scotland work hard at the breakdown and turn it over. The ball is cleared and under pressure Rodríguez's clearance kick is charged down. Pumas line-out just outside their 22.
54 The Pumas win a penalty from the scrum but it's not in touch and Paterson puts it high. Lamont chases but Rodríguez takes it well. Vergallo clears to Paterson and this time the full-back runs. Morrison does kick however and spotting a gap at the back, Rodríguez looks to find the corner but puts it out on the full.
52 Argentina knock on at the line-out and Scotland go on the attack. The forwards all get their hands on the ball before Jackson puts in a chip over the top for Lamont to chase. The Pumas are under big pressure but their is a knock on from the Scots and Argentina have a scrum inside their 22.
50 Contepomi does well to claim a high ball under pressure and Vergallo outs in a chip over the top. Scotland have possession back but Jackson puts it out on the full. The rain is pouring down and the wind is becoming an issue; it's tough times out there!
48 Brown, Morrison and Barclay all carry the ball up well and Lawson puts a neat little chip in over the deep. It looks a great move but the Pumas manage to swing it wide and break out. Scotland attack again and a great chip and chase from Evans almost sees Scotland get the first try but the ball is knocked on and the Pumas clear.
46 Richie Gray steals his second line-out of the night and Jackson clears. Leguizamón carries it up strongly and after the Pumas kick the ball away they're then penalised for coming in from the side. Jackson sets up the line-out on the Argentine 1om line.
44 Ah super stuff from Lamont as he manages to rip the ball out of the hands of Bosch as the centre looks to break the line. The ball is hammered into the Pumas half and Scotland are penalised at the ruck the ensues.
42 The Pumas work it up before Rodríguez goes for a drop but again he doesn't have it and Paterson clears to just inside the Scot's half.
41 Accidental offside from Scotland at the restart so Argentina ahve a chance to launch an attack immediately.
We're back The players are out in the middle and the second half is about to get underway. The southerly wind which is bringing in the rain is at the back of Scotland now so they may look to kick a bit more in the final forty.
Half time Scotland hold the lead at the end of the first period in which both teams had their moments. The Pumas have a tough task ahead of them having lost Roncero and start number eight Fernandez Lobbe to injury.
40 Vergallo knocks on at the base of the scrum and that's the end of the first forty.
39 PENALTY, SCOTLAND, JACKSON, 6-3. Strong running from Evans and de Luca sees Scotland awarded a penalty 5m inside the Argentine half as the tackle fails to release the centre. It's Jackson who is handed the kicking duties from far out and he just gets it over, great stuff going in to the wind!
36 PENALTY, SCOTLAND, PATERSON 3-3. Scotland at last have something to show for their efforts as the full-back puts this one over from about 5m in from the left-hand touchline.
34 The scrums are a bit of a mess and this time it's Rodrigo Roncero who is pinged for slipping his bind. There is a hold up as Roncero is down with an injury right where Paterson has to take the penalty from.
33 Jackson brings Morrison back in on the angle after a steady line-out. Lamont knock it on in the tackle and again the Pumas are able to clear. Evan brings it right back at them at Richie Gray goes barraging up the right-hand touchline. The Scots are nearly on the 22m line now. Oh no! It's another knock on. This is becoming the story of Scotland's day.
31 Sad stuff as Fernandez Lobbe has to leave the field. The ran has started to come down quite hard now.
31 The line-out is scrappy and the Scots get it back. The ball slips out of the ruck after Morrison hits it up and Contepomi hacks ahead. Paterson is there to cover and Argentina are penalised for diving in. Poor stuff as Jackson doesn't find touch but they get a second chance as Morrison is able to put in a clever kick to the corner. The Pumas have a line-out 5m out from their own line.
29 Scotland knock on the ball from the restart but the ball is handed back to them courtesy of another handling error and Scotland attack. Strong running from de Luca and Evans and Scotland are in the 22m. Argentina effect another turnover at ruck time though and Argentina should clear their lines but for some reason Bosch tries to run it up! Scrum-half Nicolás Vergallo eventually does get the ball away and Paterson runs it up but again the Pumas win it at the ruck. It's the prop Juan Figallo who is over the ball in a flash this time.
25 Fernandez Lobbe is going to try and continue but I don't think he is going to last long. Argentina win a penalty at the scrum as Allan Jacobsen goes down. Rodríguez goes for posts this time but his radar is off.
23 Oh no, this looks bad. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe goes down in a heap and he looks to have done his knee. He's in a lot of pain. He's out of the way though and play continues. Argentina attack but kick the ball away and Max Evans nearly breaks through the line. The Pumas enforce another turnover and are back carrying it up. It's a but ridiculous now, they're playing around Fernandez Lobbe, with the referee (albeit correctly) keeping the game going. Argentina knock it on though and we eventually get a stoppage so he can receive attention.
19 PENALTY, ARGENTINA, CONTEPOMI, 3-0. They do so well and Santiago Fernández pulls off a great little kick and chase. Scotland are caught offside at the ruck and Contepomi opens the scoring form right in front.
17 Scotland spread the ball from the line-out but de Luca is again isolated and Argentina get the penalty for holding on. Good work from Marcelo Bosch who was in their quickly to try and get the ball. Contepomi goes fro the three points but from 50m out he doesn't have the legs. Paterson is forced to clear hurriedly and Argentina have another chance to attack.
15 Scotland retina the ball from the 22 drop out and are unlucky not to get a penalty as Contepomi knocks the ball down in the midfield. Barnes rules he was going for the intercept, though. The resulting scrum is reset four times before Argentina are peanlised.
12 Disappointing from Mario Ledesma as the through to the line-out isn't straight. Scotland engage early at the scrum and Argentina have their first real chance to attack from the ensuing free kick. Full-back Martín Rodríguez is back in the pocket and goes for the drop kick but it's wide.
10 Scotland keep it tight, bashing it up wide before spreading the ball to good effect. They're making good ground but Nick De Luca is penalised for holding on and Argentina clear.
8 Scotland are playing a high tempo game and it has the Pumas a bit rattled referee Wayne Barnes pings the Pumas for coming in from the side and Chris Paterson has a kick from out wide on the left to open the scoring. It's a good strike but just fades away to the right.
6 Brown again picks it up off the back and after trading up and unders Scotland once again drive the ball up. The ball spews out on the Pumas side and Contepomi clears. Argentina are penalisedfor bringing down the man in the air at the line-out and they set up another line-out 5m on the Pumas side.
4 The Pumas put in an up and under from the line-out and Max Evans takes well. Scotland clear and another high kick is put in. And the pattern is repeated again before the Scottish forwards bash it up. Argentina manage to get their hands on the ball but it's a knock on and Scotland have a scrum just on their side of halfway up against the left-hand touchline.
1 Argentina knock on at the kick-off ans Scotland have an attacking scrum first up.Kelly Brown picks up off the back and Rory Lawson looks to get the backs going but they're penalised for obstruction in the midfield.
0 And we're off!
Ready to go With the formalities done and dusted we're ready to get underway!
Please stand for the anthems Flower of Scotland is belted out brilliantly by the choir and it's followed by a rousing rendition of the Argentinian national anthem.
Weather report We've had some rain today and light rain is expected during the game. The wind is light and shouldn't be a major factor.
Do or die These two teams have everything to play for with a place in the quarter-finals riding on this result. Scotland have largely flown under the radar during this competition but they're going to have to really front up tonight while the Pumas will be looking to capitalise on the chances they let slip against Engalnd.
Team news Crucially for the Pumas, playmaker and skipper Felipe Contepomi back for the clash. Scotland coach Andy Robinson has made five changes for the game, and it's at fly-half where things are interesting for the Scots too. Ruaridh Jackson start at number ten ahead of the more experienced Dan Parks because of his superior kicking game. The pair have battled for the spot all year and it's Jackson who has come out on top. Scotland are also without prop Euan Murray who doesn't play on Sunday's for religious reasons and it's Geoff Cross who comes in for him.
Welcome Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the key Pool B clash between Argentina and Scotland.
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