Argentina 9-13 Scotland, Mar del Plata, June 19
Scots eye further success
June 20, 2010
A job well done for Scotland coach Andy Robinson and captain Alastair Kellock © PA Photos
Scotland captain Alastair Kellock heaped praise on his side after they completed an historic series triumph over Argentina in Mar del Plata.
The Scots claimed an impressive 13-9 win in Mar del Plata, having already defeated the Pumas 24-16 in Tucuman a week ago to clinch what was their third successive victory on Argentinean soil and their first series victory ever away from home.
"This is the highest I've ever been, internationally-speaking," said Kellock. "We came over here and we worked incredibly hard and the effort at the end of it was brilliant. To get a win against a good Argentinian team - two wins in a row - massive credit should go not just to the players but to everyone involved. It's been a huge effort from everybody and a really enjoyable tour.
"I thought we played the conditions exceptionally well, we played the territory well and we took our chances. We pinned them back when we needed to and the only time they got their tails up was when they were in our half. When we prevented them from being in there, I thought we were in control. It was very tight at the end but we managed to get the win."
Jim Hamilton scored his first try for his country to set Scotland on their way to victory but was keen to play down his individual contribution. "We are obviously very happy," he said. "It was about 30 metres and I just opened up my legs and off I went. It's great to score my first try for Scotland, especially away, but credit to the boys, credit to everyone who has been involved, the guys who have not got on the pitch. We are in it as a team, as a squad, as a nation. The feeling of winning is fantastic."
Dan Parks - who weighed in with eight points - said, "It was a real struggle to be honest because the weather was really miserable. It was very, very wet. But I thought we just stuck in there. I'm delighted, it has been a long two-and-a-half weeks but a lot of pleasure has come out of it. I think it's a really good stepping stone to move forward."
The Scots are now refusing to rule out further success when they play host to New Zealand in the autumn Tests at Murrayfield in November.
Speaking to Scottish Rugby, Kellock said, "If you had asked anybody before Croke Park would we have won four on the bounce, with the Japan game as well, they would have said no. We will be looking to continually improve and to do as well as we can in every game - if we do that, we can win any game. In saying that, there is world-class opposition out there and they are only going to get stronger and stronger."
Parks added, They are a different team, they are a phenomenal team. But the way we are going, never say never. We've got to take the mentality we had here into that and believe what we are building here is something really special. I'm just very fortunate to be part of it."
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