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Hadden hails young squad

First-ever win in Argentina eases pressure on coach

Last updated: 18th June 2008  

Hadden hails young squad

Hadden: Delighted

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Scotland coach Frank Hadden paid tribute to the self-belief of his young squad after they beat Argentina 26-14 in Buenos Aires.

After going down 21-15 in the first Test in Rosario, the Scots squared the series to ease the pressure on their coach.

Some had suggested before the game that Hadden could be sacked if his team lost but there was no danger of this as the Scots started strongly, racing to a 16-0 half-time lead.

The man-of-the-match full-back Chris Paterson, who was making a record 88th appearance, scored 13 points - four penalties and two conversions, while Ross Ford and Graeme Morrison ran in tries after 23 and 70 minutes respectively.

The Pumas scored two tries through Juan Fernandez Lobbe (60) and Horacio Agulla (80), along with two Federico Todeschini conversions, but it was too little, too late.


Hadden said: "We are delighted. After the frustration of last week it is testament to the confidence and self-belief in the whole squad.

"I was pleased with the way we performed in some aspects last week, but we just didn't get the win.

"We had the youngest squad in the World Cup, we were the youngest in the Six Nations and we have an even younger squad for this tour."

He added: "It is important not to underestimate the size of the achievement. We were the only northern hemisphere (nation) winning a Test match against a southern hemisphere (nation) today and that was against the third best rugby country in the world.

"The main reason for the win was the three weeks of preparation, the sort of preparation that we didn't have for the Six Nations. That allowed us to get a certain level of organisation, especially defensively.

"Although we were here to win, we still have got to do defence development and also give opportunities for certain players to show what they are capable of doing at this level."

Captain pleased

Captain Mike Blair was making his 50th appearance in the game and he was also pleased with the display.

He said: "We were more intense and more precise and we played a quicker ball in the dangerous areas.

"It is a very proud day for me because it is my 50th test. It wouldn't mean anything if we didn't win the game but we did."

The only slight down-note was Argentina's late scoring denied the Scots a 15-point margin of victory that would maintain their second seed status for the next World Cup draw.

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