Argentina v Scotland

A heart-breaking end to the third test saw Argentina snatch the three-test series with a last play try to beat Scotland 34-31.

Argentina nearly found an early try as Matias Moroni broke through, but Emiliano Boffelli couldn’t gather his pass and Scotland could exit their 22 via a lineout.

In the 11th minute the hosts look the lead when Ali Price was penalised for being offside and Boffelli slotted the long-range penalty.

Quick to respond, Scotland scored the opening try less than two minutes later. Blair Kinghorn managed to find a half gap in midfield and passed inside to Duhan van der Merwe, who used his pace and strength to find the line with his first touch of the match.

Argentina hit back in the 20th minute. Price chipped over the top and Kinghorn latched on to it and kicked again, but Los Pumas gathered the ball back and counter attacked through Boffelli. He offloaded to Carreras who narrowly beat Ollie Smith to the line.

Scotland then took the lead again in the 25th minute through a second try. Kinghorn kicked a penalty into the corner and from the resulting lineout Ewan Ashman lead a driving maul over the line for his second try in just four caps.

The visitors were soon penalised for stripping the ball after a tackle had been made, and from inside his own half Boffelli cannoned the ball goalwards, but it missed right.

Boffelli had another opportunity for three points, this time almost fifteen metres closer, and he dissected the posts to bring Scotland’s lead down to a solitary point.

With the last play of the half, Argentina were caught offside and Kinghorn kicked at the posts from over 45 metres out, in line with the left stick. With his right boot the kick was accurate, but it thudded off the crossbar and Argentina escaped.

Half time: Argentina 13-14 Scotland

Scotland had a third try just three minutes into the second half, as Ashman grabbed his second. Kinghorn passed to the young hooker on the left, and he barged past the first tackler before reaching out with one hand to finish in similar style to his debut try against Australia.

Next it was the turn of van der Merwe to secure a double, as he fired himself between two tacklers from short range after several phases from the Scots.

Argentina then hit back quickly. A driving maul took Agustin Creevy close, and substitute Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro fought his way over for his first international try.

After big carries from Sione Tuipulotu and Pierre Schoeman, Argentina were deemed offside in front of their posts and Kinghorn flicked over the penalty from 10 metres.

But again Argentina replied quickly, as Moroni was tackled just short on the right wing and Gonzalo Bertranou squeezed under the arms of the defence to score. Boffelli’s conversion meant Scotland were four ahead with 13 minutes left.

The action was unrelenting, and when Scotland kicked a penalty into the corner less than a minute after Bertranou’s try, Jonny Gray reversed his way over the line but the Argentinian pack held him up.

Scotland held on under a barrage of pressure from their hosts, but with the last play of the match, the ball was passed wide to Boffelli on the left wing who stepped inside Kinghorn and won his side the series.

Full time: Argentina 34-31 Scotland

Scotland: 15. Ollie Smith 14. Rufus McLean 13. Mark Bennett 12. Sione Tuipulotu 11. Duhan van der Merwe 10. Blair Kinghorn 9. Ali Price 1. Rory Sutherland 2. Ewan Ashman 3. Zander Fagerson 4. Scott Cummings 5. Jonny Gray - Exeter Chiefs 6. Rory Darge 7. Hamish Watson 8. Matt Fagerson

Replacements: 16. Dave Cherry 17. Pierre Schoeman 18. Javan Sebastian 19. Glen Young 20. Andy Christie 21. George Horne 22. Ross Thompson 23. Sam Johnson

Argentina: 16. Juan Cruz Mallie 14. Bautista Delguy 13. Matias Orlando 12. Matias Moroni 11. Emiliano Boffelli 10. Santiago Carreras 9. Lautaro Bazan Velez 1. Thomas Gallo 2. Agustin Creevy 3. Joel Sclavi 4. Guido Petti 5. Tomas Lavanini 6. Pablo Matera 7. Santiago Grondona 8. Facundo Isa

Replacements: 16. Ignacio Ruiz 17. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro 18. Francisco Gomez Kodela 19. Marcos Kremer 20. Juan Martin Gonzalez 21. Gonzalo Bertranou 22. Tomaz Albornoz 23. Lucio Cinti

live commentary 8:10 PM Saturday 16 Jul 2022

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