Al-Gentina - Part 3 - Barclay Steps In

ImageWith an historic win over Argentina in the bag, Al Kellock wasted no time in celebrating by jetting off to Vancouver with his new wife for a belated honeymoon" leaving team-mate John Barclay to file the third and final blog of Scotland's tour to Argentina for glasgowwarriors.org.

This being the final blog of the tour, I felt it appropriate that I write to you on my travels back to the UK.

Our journey entails a flight from Buenos Aires to San Paolo, where we have a 2_ hour wait on board the plane (I think due to immigration laws) before heading for London and then Edinburgh.

In the build up to the second Test training was pretty hard, although the coaches tried to take it easy on us. There were many frustrations that we needed to get out and the players recognised that there was work to do if we were to right the wrongs of the first Test in Rosario.

Training on Tuesday and Wednesday was quite tiring, not just because of the heat, but because many of the players were still recovering from the first game. For me, training - and my whole tour experience - picked up on Thursday when Frank announce the team.

I found the first week very frustrating because it's a very different experience when you"re not in the 22, but this week I was in and I couldn't wait to pull on that blue jersey.

I was a little nervous about my fitness level because I hadn't played in about a month, but I got a few turnovers and contested well so I was pleased with my performance overall.

The Velez Sarsfield stadium was something I have never experience before. It was very steep and had fencing round the field for security and everyone was booing and whistling when we had the ball. I wouldn't say it was intimidating but it was pretty hostile.

Many people would have thought that the atmosphere would put you off, but it really gets me going and I relished it to be honest.

After the game, I was ecstatic. It was an overwhelming experience to win my first cap against the All Black last year, but this one wins because it was my first Scotland victory.

Anyway, with our flight almost ready to board, I leave you. Once back on home soil, I"m getting straight back on a plane to Portugal where I"m going to get some rest after a very long season.

I look forward to my few weeks off before returning to Glasgow where we all have a great season ahead of us.

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