Argentina 16-24 Scotland, Tucuman, June 12
Robinson demands further improvement
June 12, 2010
Scotland celebrate a famous victory over Argentina in Tucuman © PA Photos
Scotland head coach Andy Robinson refused to dwell on his side's historic victory over Argentina in Tucuman and demanded his side raise the bar again when the teams meet in Mar del Plata next Saturday.
Dan Parks scored all Scotland's points as they came from 13-6 down to claim a 24-16 win, 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. Robinson was especially pleased with his side's second-half showing, but wants more from them next weekend in their second Test clash at 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 that could have changed the outcome of the game, but Parks' consummate kicking display took them to victory. "I want to say that we've got to improve. There is still a long way for us to go, a lot of improvements. This is just a start.
"We are very pleased with the result, really pleased with the attitude of the whole squad, but 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."
Robinson also praised the home crowd at the Estadio Monumental Jose Fierro for their warm welcome. "It was pleasant. They added something to the game. They responded to our good players well," he said.