Kellock lauds 'brilliant' series win over Pumas

Argentina 9 Scotland 13
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Scotland captain Alastair Kellock has hailed their Test series victory in Argentina as the highlight of his international career so far.

The Scots claimed an impressive victory in Mar del Plata on Saturday, having already defeated the Pumas 24-16 in Tucuman a week ago.

"This is the highest I've ever been, internationally speaking," Kellock said."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," he added, "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," Hamilton 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."

Scotland: Tries Hamilton; Conversions Parks; Penalties Parks 2. Argentina: Penalties Contepomi 2, Rodriguez.

Argentina: Rodriguez, Amorosino, Tiesi, Fernandez, Agulla, Contepomi (Carbello, 63), Figuerola, Roncero, Ledesma (Creevy, 66), Scelzo (Ayerza, 69), Carizza, Albacete, Fessia, Leguizamon (Guzman, 46), Fernandez Lobbe.

Scotland: Southwell, Lamont, Evans (De Luca, 69), Morrison, Danielli, Parks, R Lawson (Blair, 67), Jacobsen (Dickinson, 60), Ford (S Lawson, 66), Low, Hamilton, Kellock (MacLeod, 68), Brown, Barclay, Beattie (Strokosch, 60).

Referee: C Berdos (France).

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