Typical Mossy Shuns The Limelight

Captain's blog Scotland captain Mike Blair tells the Scottish Rugby website how sweet victory against Argentina was at the weekend. After a very long season we were absolutely delighted with the victory against Argentina on Saturday.

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Scotland captain Mike Blair tells the Scottish Rugby website how sweet victory against Argentina was at the weekend.

After a very long season we were absolutely delighted with the victory against Argentina on Saturday.

I think the positive thing was when we got territory we came away with some sort of points and that meant we could keep the scoreboard ticking over, thanks to Mossy's ever-reliable kicking. There was always daylight between the two teams. Argentina had to chase the game a bit more which is something they are not used to doing.

For a ten minute period midway through the second half the Pumas were pressing in our 22. The crowd were on their feet, jumping up and down and singing, and it was a fantastic atmosphere to play in.

I like playing in situations like that. It shows that people are passionate about their team. It sounds cliched but I do feed off that vast volume of support. Yes, it was for Argentina, but the whole place was reverberating and it was brilliant to be out there.

The defensive effort we put in at that juncture was special. Lesser teams might have crumbled but we held them up over the try line and Mossy made what now seems to be his trademark goal-line tackle to knock the ball out of Borges' arms. If Argentina had scored then, things might have turned out differently.

That said Parksy's interception could not have been timed any better. He took a gamble and it paid off, putting that little bit of daylight between us once more.

Going into this week's game I believe we benefited from the time we've had together as a squad. We were together for one week before departure for Argentina and obviously here for two weeks. We were able to work on parts of our game that were disappointing in the first Test in Rosario and I felt the game at the Velez Sarsfield gave us the platform to demonstrate the virtues of working hard on organisation and the importance of having access to players.

Saturday was a landmark day for me and for Mossy. Standing in the tunnel ready to go out I suddenly remembered I was going to ask Mossy to lead out the team to mark his record-breaking 88th cap and beckoned him to come forward.

But Mossy was having none of it. He just wanted to stand in the back of the queue and when I spoke to him afterwards he just said that from his point of view me winning my 50th cap got priority over his 88th.

As I said, it's been a long season. It started for me back in June when I was getting ready to come back after eight months out through a shoulder injury. From a team perspective we have shown in parts what we can do and that we are capable of beating the World Cup finalists and World Cup semi-finalists, the latter away from home, achievements that should not be under-estimated. What we have to do is strive to deliver a consistency and standard of performance.

Now the rugby business is all but over. A number of the tour party are heading to sample a bit more of the Argentine sporting fervour when we take in the Argentina v Ecuador football match tonight.

I have an operation to get a rib shaved on Wednesday when I get home - nothing drastic, just a bit uncomfortable when I sleep on it. Apparently it will feel like I've been punched in the guts afterwards and I'll be taking it easy for a couple of weeks.

Pre-season training starts with Edinburgh on 7 July but holidays beckon now.