Parks puts the boot into Argentina

Argentina 16 Scotland 24
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Scotland head coach Andy Robinson was happy with his side's victory over Argentina on Saturday, but called for an even better performance when the teams meet again next weekend.

Dan Parks scored all Scotland's points as they came from 13-6 down to claim a 24-16 win in Tucuman, the rejuvenated fly-half landing six penalties and two drop goals.

The Scots have now won both of their last two games on Argentinian soil following their 26-14 win in Buenos Aires two years ago.

Scotland found it difficult to settle during the first period when they conceded tries to Gonzalo Tiesi and Juan Manuel Leguizamon following mistakes, but Parks turned the match on its head the second half.

Robinson was pleased with his side's second-half showing, but wants more from them next weekend at Mar del Plata's Estadio Jose Maria Minella.

"The guys worked very hard today. The front row were tremendous. We had to control the scoreboard in the second half," said Robinson. "I was pretty frustrated first half, but I thought we had a good shape. Everybody worked together in a disciplined fashion.

"The outside backs worked well, we got the ball to the outside channels, the line-out was pleasing, although in one line-out we lost and they scored off it."

In the second half Scotland survived a succession of five-metre scrums but Parks' consummate kicking display took them to victory.

Robinson added: "Next week's game is going to be very, very tough. We have the opportunity to get back-to-back wins in Argentina, which not many teams have done. We are pleased with the fact we are the first team to win in Tucuman on the back of the Ireland victory as well."

Argentina: Tries Tiesi, Leguizamon; Pens Contepomi 2. Scotland: Pens Parks 6; Drops Parks 2.

Argentina: Rodriguez, Borges, Tiesi, Fernandez, Agulla, Contepomi, Lalanne, Roncero, Ledesma, Scelzo, Carizza, Albacete, Fessia, Leguizamon, Fernandez Lobbe. Replacements: Amorosino for Borges (47), Figuerola for Lalanne (78), Creevy for Ledesma (68), Ayerza for Scelzo (44).

Scotland: Southwell, Evans, De Luca, Morrison, Lamont, Parks, R Lawson, Jacobsen, Ford, Low, Hamilton, Kellock, Brown, Barclay, Beattie. Replacements: Blair for R Lawson (60), S Lawson for Ford (76), Strokosch for Beattie (60).

Referee: D Pearson (RFU).