Rugby Union: Scots are revived

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SCOTLAND go into Saturday's first Test against Argentina in Buenos Aires with two new caps and spirits revived by victory over Cordoba in their third tour match yesterday.

Kevin McKenzie, a pocket battleship of a hooker at 5ft 6in, graduates to the full side at the end of an outstanding season in which he captained the Scotland A team.

Craig Joiner, the new wing, is a former schools' sprint champion in his second senior season with Melrose. He retired as a precaution with a slight groin strain after 68 minutes against Cordoba.

The coach, Dougie Morgan, admitted that the win over Cordoba, following a draw with Buenos Aires and a defeat in Mendoza, had reopened several selection debates.

Kenny Logan, one of nine who figured in Scotland's final Five Nations match against France, probably salvaged his place under Cordoba's floodlights. Bryan Redpath also needed a sharp performance at scrum-half. He had been under pressure from Derek Patterson, due to join West Hartlepool next season.

Scotland: Tries Shepherd, Joiner, Jardine, Logan, Watt, McIvor; Conversions Shepherd 2; Penalty: Shepherd; Drop goal Hodge. Cordoba: Tries Dragott 2; Conversions Luna 2.

SCOTLAND (v Argentina, Saturday) M Dods (Gala); C Joiner (Melrose), I Jardine (Stirling County), G Shiel (Melrose), K Logan (Stirling County); G Townsend (Gala), B Redpath (Melrose); A Sharp (Bristol), K McKenzie (Stirling County), P Burnell (London Scottish), S Munro (Glasgow HSFP / Kelvinside), A Reed (Bath, capt), P Walton (Northampton), C Hogg (Melrose), I Smith (Gloucester). Replacements: S Nichol (Selkirk), D Hodge (Watsonians), D Patterson (Edinburgh Academicals), S Reid (Boroughmuir), A Watt (GHK), S Brotherstone (Melrose).