Duncan Weir enjoys more responsibility in Scotland role

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Interview - Scotland fly-half Duncan Weir

Duncan Weir hopes to cement his place in head coach Vern Cotter's plans after kicking Scotland to a dramatic victory against Argentina.

The 23-year-old Glasgow Warriors fly-half knocked over a late penalty to seal a 21-19 success in Cordoba.

And Weir is growing in confidence after winning his 14th cap.

"I feel I've taken more responsibility in the team, I carry myself a bit differently from when I first joined the squad," he told BBC Scotland.

"As a 10 you need to carry that responsibility on your shoulders. I'm enjoying it now and it's about fine tuning what I say and when I say it and bossing the team around."

Weir was Scotland's first choice through this season's Six Nations but lost his club place to Finn Russell as Glasgow progressed to the Pro12 final.

Russell played in Cotter's first two matches in charge, wins over USA and Canada, but has since returned home, with Weir among 13 new players joining Cotter in South America.

Scotland fly-half Finn Russell
Weir's Warriors team-mate Russell played the first two Tests of Scotland's tour

"Playing every minute of the Six Nations was a huge learning curve for me," added Weir.

"Going to Dublin and having the home pressure - that England game, I've never felt anything like that. Twenty minutes in we were a couple of scores down, the pressure was mounting and the crowd were getting a bit edgy.

"That was a real experience and something I can learn from."

Argentina led by nine points with 11 minutes to go, but replacement scrum-half Henry Pyrgos added to an early Stuart Hogg try.

And Weir recovered from missing the conversion attempt to kick the winning points, although there was still time for a scare as a Pumas drop-goal effort drifted wide.

Scotland end their tour with a Test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth next Saturday.

"Going in with three wins is terrific," enthused Weir. "It's credit to all of the hard work put in by the guys.

"It [the win over Argentina] wasn't picture perfect but creating a winning culture is certainly a great trait. We can learn from our mistakes in the first half and hopefully bring in periods of that second half.

"South Africa are a big brute of a side, they have a huge pack and are always very physical."

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