Win Over Pumas Takes 'A' Team To Final

A four-try victory over the Argentina Pumas booked the Scotland 'A' team a place in the Barclays Churchill Cup final as they posted a 27-24 victory in Kingston, Ontario, today. With a place in the Cup final, a delighted head coach, Rob Moffat, said: "First and foremost it was a good win. I thought we played some good rugby and scored four good tries."

A four-try victory over the Argentina Pumas booked the Scotland 'A' team a place in the Barclays Churchill Cup final as they posted a 27-24 victory in Kingston, Ontario, today.

With a place in the Cup final, a delighted head coach, Rob Moffat, said: "First and foremost it was a good win. I thought we played some good rugby and scored four good tries."

Man of the Match Rob Dewey added: "It was a pretty good performance in the first half, but we let it slip away a bit when Argentina came back into the game. The same happened against Canada so it's something we're going to have to rectify for the final."

Argentina ran out for their first game of the tournament to a Scotland side that already had a win under its belt, against Canada on Saturday, but the intensity and physical nature of the South Americans was there for all to see.

The Scots put Argentina under pressure right from the whistle and Rob Dewey was close to putting them ahead with only six minutes on the clock.

Dewey received the ball as it was spun out wide from a line-out and battered his way through the defence. Despite making good ground, Dewey couldn't stretch over the try-line due to the efforts of the Argentine resistance.

Argentina brought themselves back into the game with intelligent use of the boot. Scotland stood firm but in the opening stages, it was still anyone's game.

It was the 16th minute that bore good news for Scotland when winger Andrew Turnbull shot over the line.

As the ball worked its way from left to right, Dewey took on his man and passed to Turnbull behind his back, much to the delight of the ex-pats and neutrals in the stands. David Blair hit the left post with his conversion attempt.

Scotland struck again nine minutes later when Dewey powered over the line. Scotland gave away a penalty for killing the ball in the ruck which Argentina kicked to touch for a line-out. The resulting line-out was stolen by Scotland and Greig Laidlaw unleashed Dewey.

The Ulster centre used his sheer strength to hold off three defenders and his agility to step the last to dive over. Blair converted.

On the half-hour mark, Argentina crept back into the game with poor kicking execution from Scotland and a try from fullback Lucas Barrera Oro. A clearance kick from Jim Thompson was returned by the Pumas, the up-and-under was collected inside the 22 and a simple inside pass was enough to show Oro the line.

Early in the second half, a try brought the Pumas to within two points of the Scots meaning changes in personnel were deemed appropriate by head coach Moffat. As Colin Gregor took over scrum-half duties and Gordon Ross returning to the stand-off slot, Scotland settled back into their stride.

Despite the two half-backs taking to the field, the game began to lose its tempo before a moment of brilliance from winger Jim Thompson.

Gordon Ross changed the direction of play and gave the ball to Jones who hit a gap in midfield. Jones then offloaded to Thompson who chipped over the head of his opposite man and collected to go over from almost 40 yards out. Ross added the two extra points.

Scotland then struggled to break the line and string together a period of clinical passing. Colin Gregor chose to take the game into his own hands and burst out from behind the ruck to dart over the line.

]In the final ten minutes, Scotland finished as they did against Canada by conceding a soft try. A pile of bodies belonging to the Argentine pack rumbled towards the posts and crumbled over the line for a consolation score.

Man of the Match: Rob Dewey (Scotland 'A')

Scotland A: Steve Jones (Newcastle Falcons); Andrew Turnbull (Edinburgh), Rob Dewey (Ulster), Calum MacRae (Edinburgh), Jim Thompson (Edinburgh); David Blair (Edinburgh), Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh); Ed Kalman (Glasgow Warriors), Fergus Thomson (Glasgow Warriors) CAPTAIN, David Young (Leicester Tigers), Fergus Pringle (Edinburgh), Dan Turner (Glasgow Warriors), Scott Newlands (Edinburgh), Alan MacDonald (Edinburgh), Stevie Swindall (Glasgow Warriors)
Substitutes (all used): Andrew Kelly (Edinburgh), Tommy McGee (Leeds Carnegie), James Eddie (Glasgow Warriors), Jon Dunbar (Leeds Carnegie), Colin Gregor (Glasgow Warriors), Gordon Ross (Saracens), Matt Dey (Edinburgh)

Argentina Pumas: Lucas Barrera Oro (Universitario); Mauro Comuzzi (Capitolina), Juan Gauthier (Hindu Club) CAPTAIN, Gabriel Ascarate (Club Natacion y Gimnasia), Gonzalo Comacho (Buenos Aires Cricket & Rugby Club); Ignacia Mieres (Leicester Tigers), Francisco Albarracin (La Plata); Felipe Bettoli (Tucuman Lawn Tennis), Agustin Creevy (Biarritz Olympique), Federico Genoud (Los Tordos), Alejandro Abadie (San Fernando)
Substitutes: Daniel Rodriguez (Lyon Olympique Universitaire), Francisco Gomez Kodela (Belgrano Athletico), Juan Pablo Lagarrique (Cardenales), Leonardo Senatore (GER Rosario), Lucio Lopez Fleming (San Isidro Club), Benjamin Urdapilleta (Club Universitario de Buenos Aires), Federico Amelong (Jockey Club)