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Test Preview – Scotland v Argentina


In the last weekend of international rugby we have Scotland hosting Argentina at Murrayfield.

It would have been a hard pill to swallow last week against the Springboks so we can expect the Scots to come out firing in this test match.

Ledesma Argentina team had a 50/50 year so far with a good enough showing in the Rugby Championships but has failed to impress on the end-of-year tour.

They have lost both test so far against Ireland and France which makes this a crucial test match for the Pumas.

Scotland also had a mixed bag of results so far loosing against Wales and South Africa and only beating Fiji in week 2.

We can expect a huge clash between these two teams as desperation will set in to end the year with a win.

Scotland was impressive against the Springboks, and I was really impress with there set pieces.

Playing towards their strengths will be key for Townsend men.

Winning the small battles on the ground will also be key for both teams. Scotland can look to dominate the set pieces, something the Pumas has struggled with all year.

Townsend has made nine changes to his side and it points to a forward dominating game to give space for their exciting and skill-full backs.

Argentina have made just two personnel changes to their XV, with Matias Moroni replacing Matias Orlando at outside centre and Rodrigo Bruni starting alongside skipper Pablo Matera at flanker.

Scotland had the better of Argentina in recent years but it is all to play for in this one.

Prediction: Argentina has struggled again in the north and Scotland is too good to not get this win, Scotland by 12

The teams:

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Finn Russell, 11 Blair Kinghorn, 10 Adam Hastings, 9 Greg Laidlaw (c), 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Jamie Ritchie, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 Simon Berghan, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Allan Dell
Replacements: 16 Stuart McInally, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Willem Nel, 19 Sam Skinner, 20 Ryan Wilson, 21 George Horne, 22 Alex Dunbar, 23 Byron McGuigan

Argentina: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Rodrigo Bruni, 6 Pablo Matera (c), 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Augustin Creevy, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 18 Lucio Sordoni, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Matias Orlando, 23 Sebastián Cancelliere

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