Brave Display Powerless To Prevent Test Loss

Chris Paterson contributed 15 points with his boot and Scotland staged a spirited performance, but it was not enough to prevent Argentina from winning 21-15 in Rosario.

Argentina 21 - 15 Scotland

Chris Paterson contributed 15 points with his boot and Scotland staged a spirited performance, but it was not enough to prevent Argentina from winning 21-15 in Rosario.

After trailing 10-9 at half-time, Scotland staged a fightback and on 56 minutes a penalty from Paterson put the tourists into the lead.

But a late penalty from Argentina stand-off Federico Todeschini followed by a stoppage time try from Gonzalo Tiesi - when Scotland were trying to score - enabled the home team to win.

After Todeschini had scored an early penalty, Scotland drew level on three minutes through a kick from Paterson.

But the Pumas edged in front when debutant Alvaro Tejeda scored a try from close range and Todeschini added the conversion.

Nevertheless almost immediately Scotland responded positively through another penalty from Paterson - his 35th successful kick in succession on his 87th Test appearance.

Paterson's boot then reduced the defcit to just one point before his successful kicking streak came to an end five minutes before half-time.

Cranking up the pressure, Scotland were awarded another penalty just before the interval, but a long-range effort from Dan Parks unfortunately missed the target.

After the break, Scotland slowly seized control of proceedings with a further two penalties from Paterson after Argentina had been penalized at the breakdown.