Cusiter relishing Argentina tour
June 4, 2010
Chris Cusiter is thrilled to be touring Argentina © Getty Images
Scotland skipper Chris Cusiter is relishing the chance to tour Argentina this summer after being passed fit to travel following a knee injury.
The Glasgow scrum-half missed Scotland's last trip to South America in 2008 due to club commitments but has vowed to make the most of his opportunity this time around. Scotland's first Test against the Pumas is in Tucuman on June 12, followed by another in Mar del Plata a week later.
"I was disappointed to miss out on the last tour," the 27-year-old said. "I was playing over in Perpignan and we still had the French championships. But I saw the games, the boys played really well in the second Test and got a fantastic win over there.
"I'm new to the country, I'm excited about travelling there, about touring there and experiencing the culture. It should be a good trip, the boys are excited. It's a fantastic place to play rugby - a really hostile, loud, boisterous crowd and it's great to play in that kind of arena."
Scotland's recent record against the Pumas is a disappointing one, with a high-profile exit at the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 2007 and last November's 9-6 Murrayfield defeat still fresh in the memory.
"We've always had really tight games against them," Cusiter said. "Whenever you think you might have a bit of a lead, they always hang in there. They are very tenacious, they keep themselves in the game.
"In the World Cup game in 2007, we came back late on and maybe had a chance to steal it at the end but they held out. In November at Murrayfield we got ourselves into a bit of a lead but didn't manage to take the opportunities we had to put them away.
"They stuck in there and ground it out and ultimately they were the better team in the second half. They are always very tight games, their defence is very well organised and hard to break down, they are very good kickers so that's enough to keep them in the game. We have to take our opportunities. If we create things and don't convert them, we won't win the games."
Scotland have also announced a packed November schedule, with both South Africa and New Zealand heading to Murrayfield along with Samoa. The All Blacks will arrive on the weekend of November 13/14, South Africa the following weekend and Samoa on November 27/28.
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