Scotland 19-16 Argentina: Vern Cotter proud of gritty victory

Scotland won with the last kick of the ball at Murrayfield
Scotland won with the last kick of the ball at Murrayfield

Head coach Vern Cotter was pleased by the spirit shown by Scotland to edge out Argentina at Murrayfield.

Greig Laidlaw's 83rd minute penalty gave the Scots a 19-16 win in an error-strewn affair of few chances.

"They quickly adjusted to having an arm-wrestle, getting into a dour fight and it was going to be won through penalties," said Cotter.

"It's nice to be able to come away with the win and I'm very proud of how they went about their business."

Cotter was particularly satisfied with how his side responded to falling 13-6 down to Matias Orlando score after the break. Almost immediately, the Scots went up the other end and scored a try of their own, Huw Jones brilliantly fashioning an opening for Sean Maitland to go over to bring the home side back level.

"What I really liked was the fact that they scored a try and we scored a try right back," Cotter continued.

"That was important. We weren't going to try and play flash rugby, we were going to alternate. The forwards rolled their sleeves up, they did the job and when it created opportunities for the backs they made good inroads.

"It wasn't perfect by any means but what we saw was a lot of grit and character and the guys got what they went for with the determination.

"I think the result validates a lot of work the guys have been doing for a while now."

Edinburgh back-row Magnus Bradbury made his Scotland debut
Edinburgh back-row Magnus Bradbury made his Scotland debut

Laidlaw saw a penalty attempt at 16-16 all come back off a post, and was delighted to kick the winning penalty and erase some of the pain of last weekend's one-point loss to Australia.

"The boys were giving me a bit of stick for taking two (penalty attempts) to win it," the Scotland captain joked.

"After they scored the message under the posts was 'don't panic, we can score tries', and we hit straight back and pegged them back straight away. That was psychological, it was a massive blow (for Argentina).

"We're delighted. We're still annoyed from that Australia game if we're being honest so delighted to come and just get on the right side of one today."

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