We have got good rugby players and they have to
start believing they can mix it with the best
- Vern Cotter
Scotland games against Argentina over the last twenty years have been sensationally close affairs. In thirteen matches, the widest winning margin is twelve points – the Scots lost during the 2011 Rugby World Cup by one point, and won in Cordoba this summer by two points – and so when the Pumas come to BT Murrayfield for Vern Cotter’s first home game as Scotland coach, you can be sure it’s going to be a tough, nail-biting Test match.
When Duncan Weir knocked over his nerveless penalty to win the game in Cordoba in June, it was an amazing fourth successive win for Scotland on Argentine soil, building on the wins in 2008 in Buenos Aires and the famous record-breaking double in Tucuman and Mar del Plata in 2010. However, the last time the Pumas visited the home of Scottish Rugby, in 2009, they won by three points, a week after the Scots’ famous win against Australia.
Argentina’s performances so far in the Rugby Championship suggest they are not far away from claiming their first scalp against one of the old Tri-Nations. They only narrowly lost their two matches against the mighty Springboks (6-13 in South Africa, and 31-33 at home) and will be full of confidence heading in to the next round of games.
Tommy Seymour (left) and Henry Pyrgos in action during the win against Argentina in June this year, the latest in a series of close encounters
You can see Scotland play Argentina at BT Murrayfield for as little as £20 (adults) and £10 (U18s/Students). You can save money with an Autumn Tests Pass, which gets you into the games against Agrentina and New Zealand, the foillowing week, from only £35 for adults (£20, U18s/Students)