We Can Turn This Around

Twenty four hours on from defeat in the first Test, Scotland's coaching team today reiterated their faith that a reversal of fortunes can be achieved for Saturday's concluding clash with Argentina in Buenos Aires. The Scots returned to the Argentine capital by bus this afternoon still licking their wounds after the Pumas closed out a 21-15 success at the Stadio Gigante de Arroyito in Rosario.

Twenty four hours on from defeat in the first Test, Scotland's coaching team today reiterated their faith that a reversal of fortunes can be achieved for Saturday's concluding clash with Argentina in Buenos Aires.

The Scots returned to the Argentine capital by bus this afternoon still licking their wounds after the Pumas closed out a 21-15 success at the Stadio Gigante de Arroyito in Rosario.

Both Sean Lineen and Andy Robinson subscribe to the notion that winning at international level is about inches, whether the top two in cerebral activity or winning those little skirmishes on the pitch.

Lineen reflected on the absence of quick ball. "Each of our line breaks resulted in (Argentina conceding) a penalty which is a little bit frustrating," he explained.

Robinson had urged his charges before hand to ensure they marauded in numbers and warned precisely the outcome if players entered breakdown solo. He also noted that Argentina had been _x001C_very smart_x001D_ over the offside line, particularly on a number of occasions where scrum-half Mike Blair had been scragged at the base of a ruck.

The message from both coaches was: _x001C_We are able to turn matters around for this weekend._x001D_

As today was a travel and recovery day, the Scots will not resume training until tomorrow.

Scotland team doctor James Robson reported a _x001C_number of significant bumps and bruises from yesterday. Three players will require re-assessment before being passed fit for training, namely wing Simon Danielli (swelling to his knee), stand-off Dan Parks (ankle) and lock Scott MacLeod (dead leg)._x001D_

Scotland will also be interested observers in the outcome of inquiries initiated by the independent citing officer, Alan Mansell (England), who is believed to be scrutinising an incident in the first-half where Pumas tight-head prop Santiago Bonorino appears to have made contact with his head on Scotland's No 8 Johnnie Beattie.

Mr Mansell has until 6.10pm on Monday (local time) to determine whether a citing complaint should be lodged.