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Scotland thump 14-man Pumas in chaotic clash at Murrayfield

November 19th, 2022

Scotland thump 14-man Pumas in chaotic clash at Murrayfield – live reaction – Reuters/Grant Gilchrist

05:48 PM

Match report

Scotland defeat Argentina in Murrayfield rout

Scotland v Argentina live: Score and latest updates from Murrayfield - Craig Brough/Reuters

Scotland v Argentina live: Score and latest updates from Murrayfield – Craig Brough/Reuters

Darcy Graham scored a hat-trick of tries as Scotland capitalised on Argentina’s indiscipline to round off their autumn series with a 52-29 victory at BT Murrayfield.

The Pumas had Marcos Kremer red-carded in the first half and then received three yellow cards after the break, leaving them with 12 men at one point, while Scotland also had two players sin-binned in the closing quarter.

Despite having at least a one-man advantage for almost three-quarters of the match, it was only in the closing stages that Scotland – inspired by the outstanding Finn Russell – were able to pull away and put the outcome beyond doubt.

The hosts got off to a bad start when they conceded a penalty within 20 seconds, after Jonny Gray entered the first ruck of the match illegally. Edinburgh wing Emiliano Boffelli duly put the first points on the board for Argentina when he sent his kick between the posts.

Scotland responded with a brilliant try in the 11th minute, when Sione Tuipulotu received a perfectly-timed offload from Russell and darted his way beyond a cluster of Pumas to score. Russell converted.

The home support were silenced five minutes later, however, when Jeronimo De La Fuente bounded over on the left despite the close attentions of Ali Price. Boffelli was wide with his conversion attempt.

Argentina’s hopes of a result were dealt a major blow in the 23rd minute when they were reduced to 14 men after back-rower Kremer was shown a red card for a dangerous tackle on Jamie Ritchie following a TMO review.

Scotland made the extra man count almost immediately as Russell offloaded to Duhan Van Der Merwe just in front of the line and the wing juggled the ball between his hands before forcing it down in the 25th minute. Russell was successful with the conversion.

Just three minutes later, the Scots scored again when Graham bolted his way over on the right after an excellent flowing move, with Russell the architect in chief – but this time Russell’s kick was inaccurate.

Argentina refused to capitulate and in the last action of the half, Matias Alemanno barged his way over to score following a sustained period of pressure in front of the Scottish line. Boffelli converted to ensure the Scots went in only 19-15 ahead at the interval.

Scotland reasserted their authority just a minute into the second half, however, when Graham was released on the right following good play by Russell and Stuart Hogg. Russell hooked his kick wide of the posts.

Gregor Townsend’s side – at this point leading 24-15 – were presented with a great opportunity to turn the screw on their opponents going into the closing half-hour when the Pumas were temporarily reduced to 12 men after Alemanno and Tomas Lavanini were both sent to the sin-bin within a minute of each other.

Incredibly, despite having three men less than their hosts, Argentina scored a breakaway try when Boffelli raced beneath the posts in the 52nd minute and added the extras himself.

Three minutes later, Tuipulotu went over on the right for his second try of the afternoon, with Russell kicking the conversion.

Almost as soon as Argentina had welcomed their two players back from the sin-bin, a mass brawl erupted just after the hour mark which resulted in Scotland captain Ritchie and Pumas prop Thomas Gallo being yellow-carded.

The Scots eventually started to pull away from their bedraggled visitors in the closing 11 minutes when Cam Redpath, Hogg and Graham all helped themselves to tries, with Russell converting all three.

Tuipulotu was sin-binned right at the death, before Argentina replacement Ignacio Ruiz scored a try – converted by Nicolas Sanchez – in the last action of an eventful match featuring 12 tries and six cards.


05:35 PM

Analysis of Finn Russell

Jim Hamilton:

When Finn Russell is on form, he’s one of the best 10’s in the world. He’s one of the best players [Scotland] have got – ever.

Mike Blair:

Those two consecutive games were the best games he’s been selected for Scotland. I think you can argue that Gregor [Townsend, the Scotland head coach] is the one that has got the best out of him in the last two weeks.

Gregor Townsend:

He’s really played well last two weeks. He came in determined. He found solutions as well to what the Argentina defence were doing. They were leaving a little gap that he exploited a few times and I thought his decision making was really good.

We’ve been really pleased to have Finn in this form over the last two weeks, and it’s great that he’s playing some of his best rugby now.

Scotland v Argentina live: Score and latest updates from Murrayfield - Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Scotland v Argentina live: Score and latest updates from Murrayfield – Russell Cheyne/Reuters

05:33 PM

Post-match analysis

Jim Hamilton:

Scotland were expected to win today, and I thought they delivered for large parts of it.

Going forwards into the six nations and the World Cup, it’s only positives.

Mike Blair:

I love the fact they had smiles on their faces. The back three were getting their hands on the ball a lot, and more often than not they were coming off today.

05:28 PM

Jamie Ritchie Interview

We felt we deserved [a victory] and I’m proud of how we reacted. Bit of a scrappy first half, but the second half we really put them to the sword and I’m proud of the boys.

It’s been an up and down autumn but I’m really proud of how we’ve stuck together and stuck to our guns.

Obviously the emotions ran high a couple of times, but we were just talking about the next job.

There was bits in there that we’ll need to tidy up on, but when you put 50 points on any international team it’s a great performance.

05:25 PM

Finn Russell interview:

We need to learn to play for the whole 80 minutes. We got off to a slow start with the penalty and allowed them back into the game just before half time.

I think we defended our line for seven minutes when we were 30 points up, so that was great to see.

It’s great to be back, I love playing here in front of a packed out Murrayfield. I’m just glad today the boys put on a bit of a show for the crowd.

It gives us confidence, but I think there’s a lot we need to work on and build from.

I think most people would see on the pitch that I’m enjoying myself. I’m smiling all the time, having fun with the boys. We’re running some good tries in so it’s great to be a part of that.

05:17 PM

Full time – Scotland 52-29 Argentina

Try for Argentina!

After barreling into the Scotland defence yet again, Ignacio Luiz finally reaches over to score.

Bodies litter the field while los Pumas march back, their faces disconsolate despite this final consolation.

Nicolas Sanchez adds the extras.

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Wales v Georgia live: Score and latest updates from Autumn Internationals 2022 – Craig Brough/Reuters

05:15 PM

80 min – Scotland 52-22 Argentina

With the clock in the red, Argentina are on the Scotland 22, but there appears no way through.

Argentina win another penalty for Scotland not rolling a way. They give the forwards one more roll of the dice at the lineout.

Argentina march steadily forwards but eventually the have to use it.

Again, they crash into the heart of the Scotland defence, and finally they go over to score.

05:11 PM

80 min – Scotland 52-22 Argentina

Tuipulotu is checked by the television match official for lifting the player dangerously above the horizontal and is shown his side’s second yellow card.

05:08 PM

79 min – Scotland 52-22 Argentina

Never a team to go down easily, Argentina are camped on the Scotland line as the clock goes into the red.

The referee plays advantage and los Pumas opt for a pick and go.

Again and again, they fly into Scotland, but the home side’s defence holds firm.

05:06 PM

77 min – Scotland 52-22 Argentina

Try for Scotland!

It’s turning into a rout at Murrayfield, with the home side scoring their eighth try through Darcy Graham.

Finn Russell, having just been named Player of the match, kicks the conversion from the touchline.

05:02 PM

74 min – Scotland 45-22 Argentina

Try for Scotland!

Gregor Townsends men get a shunt on at the maul.

A slick backs move gets the ball into the hands of Finn Russell, and the magician zips a pass out to Stuart Hogg who dives under the sticks.

Russell obliges with the conversion.

05:00 PM

73 min – Scotland 38-22 Argentina

The game looks like it has now gone for Argentina.

Ritchie returns to the field  and Scotland have a penalty which they kick to the corner.

04:55 PM

68 min – Scotland 38-22 Argentina

Try for Scotland!

Another piece of wizadry from the inimitable Finn Russell as the ball is spun out to the left.

The fly half drops it onto his boot and it sits up perfectly for Cameron Redpath, who scores for Scotland.

Russell adds the extras.

Scotland v Argentina live: Score and latest updates from Murrayfield - Scott Heppell/AP

Scotland v Argentina live: Score and latest updates from Murrayfield – Scott Heppell/AP

04:54 PM

66 min – Scotland 31-22 Argentina

Argentina win a penalty just outside their own 22, but once again, they do not make touch with their clearance.

Scotland counter attack up the right flank through Tuipulotu.

There appears to be a knock-on but its not called by the referee, and the Scotland team march onwards, now deep into the Argentina 22.

04:51 PM

64 min – Scotland 31-22 Argentina

An abrasive Scotland attack peppers the opposition line, but this spirited Argentina defence will not go down without a fight.

The ball is held up again and Argentina clear their lines.

04:50 PM

63 min – Scotland 31-22 Argentina

Scotland have a scrum on the five and an advantage.

Russell jinks and releases Cameron Repath, but the ball is held up.

Scotland had an advantage and will take another scrum under the Argentina posts.

04:47 PM

62 min – Scotland 31-22 Argentina

Jamie Ritchie and Thomas Gallo are both shown yellow cards and will spend the next ten minutes off the field.

04:45 PM

60 min – Scotland 31-22 Argentina

The tension is building here as things start to get ugly.

A frustrated Argentina side continue playing after the whistle and multiple players are wrestled to the ground.

Referee Dickson needs to take hold of this game now before it gets out of hand.

Scotland captain Ritchie and  Argentina prop Thomas Gallo are at the centre of things.

Scotland v Argentina live: Score and latest updates from Murrayfield - CRAIG BROUGH/REUTERS

Scotland v Argentina live: Score and latest updates from Murrayfield – CRAIG BROUGH/REUTERS

04:42 PM

60 min – Scotland 31-22 Argentina

Argentina fail to find touch with penalty and Scotland charge back down field.

Los Pumas fail to field the kick and there’s another Scotland break.

A scrum is called for a knock-on against Argentina, and a scuffle breaks out.

Ritchie tells Montoya to set an example to his team, which the Argentine captain doesn’t take kindly to.

04:39 PM

58 min – Scotland 31-22 Argentina

Argentina win a penalty outside their 22 for Ritchie making the tackle while on the floor.

A much-needed water break gives los Pumas the chance to re-group.

04:35 PM

54 min – Scotland 31-22 Argentina

Try for Scotland!

Scotland need to hold their nerve and play with cool heads here.

But another series of free-flowing offloads, orchestrated by Russell, leads to Tuipolotu going over for his second try of the afternoon.

Russell adds the extras this time.

04:32 PM

51 min – Scotland 24-22 Argentina

Try or Argentina!

Against the ropes with three men off the field, Argentina miraculously steal a try back.

Matias Orlando breaks and offloads behind his back for Boffelli to score.

04:29 PM

49 min – Scotland 24-15 Argentina

Another yellow card for Argentina! This time for Lavanini – the most carded player for his country with his ninth yellow.

Argentina now have three players off the field.

04:28 PM

46 min – Scotland 24-15 Argentina

A yellow card for Matias Alemano after the television match official spots a shoulder to the head of Jonny Gray.

04:25 PM

41 min – Scotland 24-15 Argentina

Sharp kicking from Russell.

The mercurial fly half kicks at least 40 metres down field from a penalty, granting Scotland a lineout on the Argentina 22.

Los Pumas make a second steal at the lineout.

04:19 PM

41 min – Scotland 24-15 Argentina

Try for Scotland!

It takes no time at all for Finn Russell to take advantage. A show and go outside De La Fuente, and he releases a sumptuous out-the-back offload to Stuart Hogg.

The Exeter fullback completes the two-on-one, putting it on a plate for Darcy Graham to score in the right corner.

Russell misses the conversion.

Scotland v Argentina live: Score and latest updates from Murrayfield - Jane Barlow /PA

Scotland v Argentina live: Score and latest updates from Murrayfield – Jane Barlow /PA

04:17 PM

40 min – Scotland 19-15 Argentina

Finn Russell gets the second half underway.

The first half was played at a furious pace, and Scotland will be looking to maintain the momentum and take advantage of the extra man.

04:15 PM

Ross Thompson comments:

We’ve still got to make sure we’re clinical in that finish zone and playing direct rugby, then we’ll earn the right to go wide.

They’re competing quite heavily at the breakdown, so we’ve got to make sure we’re accurate.

04:14 PM

Half time analysis

Jim Hamilton:

It’s the Finn Russell show.

This is him at his very best.

Teams now are so used to playing with 14 men.

If [Scotland] play too much, they’re up against a very good team.

Mike Blair:

Argentina are able to keep the ball, shift the point of contact and have looked really dangerous when they get the ball into the opposition 22.

Scotland’s success has come from moving the ball and playing expansively. We don’t want them to go into their shells.

We want to see Scotland still moving the ball. Argentina will try and slow  it down a bit and use that forward threat.

03:59 PM

38 min – Scotland 19-8 Argentina

Try for Argentina!

A penalty for Argentina leads to a lineout on the Scotland 5 metre line – this is the best opportunity Argentina have had in a while.

They get a shunt on at the maul and win another penalty.

Pablo Matera taps and burrows for the line.

Argentina go again, opting for attrition over elegance, and the depleted Pumas score through Matias Alemanno.

Boffelli knocks over the conversion, and Argentina come back to within four points of the hosts.

Scotland v Argentina live: Score and latest updates from Murrayfield - RUSSELL CHEYNE /REUTERS

Scotland v Argentina live: Score and latest updates from Murrayfield – RUSSELL CHEYNE /REUTERS

03:55 PM

34 min – Scotland 19-8 Argentina

Argentina pepper the Scottish defence before chipping through.

Appeals are made for obstruction, but they are unfounded. Scotland clear with a try-line dropout .

03:53 PM

33 min – Scotland 19-8 Argentina

Scotland are cutting Argentina’s defence to ribbons here. Darcy Graham, all pace and power, rounds three defenders before off-loading.

A knock-on for Harris grants a scrum to Argentina, and some momentary respite.

Darcy Graham is isolated running it back and is penalised. Argentina kick for the corner.

03:49 PM

26 min – Scotland 19-8 Argentina

Try for Scotland!

A coruscating run by Van Der Merwe who shrugs off five defenders with ease.

Gaps are appearing all over the field, and Russell is primed to exploit them.

Another break and Russell offloads. The ball goes through the hands and, after a near blunder by Chris Harris, Darcy Graham touches down in the corner.

Russell’s kick falls just short of the posts.

Scotland v Argentina live: Score and latest updates from Murrayfield - RUSSELL CHEYNE /REUTERS

Scotland v Argentina live: Score and latest updates from Murrayfield – RUSSELL CHEYNE /REUTERS

03:45 PM

23 min – Scotland 14-8 Argentina

Try for Scotland!

Finn Russell shows a dummy to Argentina prop Eduardo Bello inside the opposition 22. A half break, and Russell gets his hands free to offload to Van Der Merwe.

The winger has too much power for the Argentina defence and bundles over to score.

Russell adds the conversion.

03:41 PM

22 mins – Scotland 7-8 Argentina

Red card Argentina.

Referee Karl Dickson has been alerted to foul play by the television match official.

It’s Marcos Kremer with a shoulder in the head of Jamie Ritchie at the ruck.

There’s no mitigation, and Dickson has no choice but to show him a red card. This will be a major blow for los Pumas. They will have to play the rest of this game with 14 men.

Scotland v Argentina live: Score and latest updates from Murrayfield - ANDY BUCHANAN /AFP

Scotland v Argentina live: Score and latest updates from Murrayfield – ANDY BUCHANAN /AFP

03:39 PM

21 min – Scotland 7-8 Argentina

A forward pass is given against Finn Russell and a water break is called, giving both sides the chance to take a breath.

The game has been played at a furious pace so far with  some scintillating skills on show.

03:36 PM

19 min – Scotland 7-8 Argentina

Scotland are up to 19 phases camped inside the Argentina 22.

But Matera intervenes with a trademark steal at the breakdown, allowing Carreras to clear.

03:33 PM

15min – Scotland 7-8 Argentina

Try for Argentina!

A scrappy kick through from Argentina ends up in the hands of Russell.

But the veteran fly half drops it and Argentina re-gather spinning it wide for Jeronimo de la Fuente to score.

Bofelli misses the conversion.

Scotland v Argentina live: Score and latest updates from Murrayfield - ANDY BUCHANAN /AFP

Scotland v Argentina live: Score and latest updates from Murrayfield – ANDY BUCHANAN /AFP

03:32 PM

14 min – Scotland 7-3 Argentina

Pablo Matera puts a grubber through, forcing Van Der Merwe to back pedal.

He takes it over his own line, and Argentina earn a five-metre scrum.

03:29 PM

10 min – Scotland 7-3 Argentina


Finn Russell puts Sione Tuipulotu through a hole, and the number 12 shows feet and power to outsmart the fullback and get over.

Russell adds the conversion.

Scotland v Argentina live: Score and latest updates from Murrayfield - RUSSELL CHEYNE /REUTERS

Scotland v Argentina live: Score and latest updates from Murrayfield – RUSSELL CHEYNE /REUTERS

03:27 PM

9 min – Scotland 0-3 Argentina

Stuart Hogg has Duhan Van Der Merwe and goes  for a miracle offload, but the ball flies into touch.

Argentina hoof it clear to halfway.

But Scotland take it quickly and they’re off again. Momentum is building here for the home side.

03:25 PM

7 min – Scotland 0-3 Argentina

First scrum for Scotland gives their backs a chance to stretch their legs. A neat backs move with multiple lines of attack gets the ball into the wide channels.

Argentina fail to roll away and Scotland have another penalty – this time on the opposition five.

03:24 PM

7 min – Scotland 0-3 Argentina

Scotland opt for a short lineout at the front, but it is spilled into touch – Argentina scrum.

Assistant referee Ian Tempest calls Pierre Schoeman for hinging, and Argentina have a penalty,

They make headway with a drive downfield, but Schoeman atones by making a nuisance of himself, managing to hold the ball up.

03:20 PM

3 min – Scotland 0-3 Argentina

An early kicking duel between the two sides.

Scotland finish the back and forth between the 10 and 22 before granting possession back to los Pumas with a box kick.

Argentina kick high through Carreras, but they are off side when they gather. Scotland kick up to the Argentina 22.

03:18 PM

1 min – Scotland 0-3 Argentina

Emiliano Boffelli, the Argentine points machine, slots the the penalty, granting Argentina the lead.

03:17 PM

0 min – Scotland 0-0 Argentina

And we’re underway.

Fly half Santiago Carreras kicks off but Scotland enter at the side of the ruck, gifting an early shot at three points to los Pumas.

03:15 PM

The Scotland team:

03:15 PM

The Argentina team:

03:12 PM

Over 67,000 supporters pack into a sold-out Murrayfield

The pipes and drums ring out on an Autumnal day at Murrayfield as the two teams run out.

A big moment for Emiliano Boffelli, the Argentina winger, gaining his 50th cap today in the city where he plays his club rugby.

The stadium is sold out, and roars to life as Jamie Ritchie marches into the arena.

Before the anthems, a moment of silence is held in memory Donald Macleod, the former Scotland team doctor who passed away this week at the age of 81.

02:36 PM

Team news



02:30 PM

‘We have to go out there and be ruthless’

Zander Fagerson has called on Scotland to round off an Autumn Nations Series of mixed fortunes on a positive note by delivering a “ruthless” performance against Argentina at BT Murrayfield.

Gregor Townsend’s side have suffered two agonising defeats at the hands of heavyweights Australia and New Zealand after leading in both games.

In between, they fought back to beat Fiji after a ragged first half.

Fagerson admitted the Scots – buoyed by their spirited effort against the All Blacks last weekend – are desperate to produce a complete 80-minute display of focus and discipline in their final outing of 2022.

“We were in the game for so long last weekend and it was just that last little bit, so there are lots of lessons to be learnt,” said the Scotland and Glasgow prop.

“All eyes are on Argentina now and we’re looking to go out on a high with a performance we can be proud of.

“We want to go out there, stick to our game-plan and give an 80-minute performance. We’ve shown glimpses but we’ve not done a full 80-minute performance in games.

“We have to go out there and be ruthless, take it to them for the whole game and come away with a win.”

Fagerson played in all three Tests of the summer series in Argentina, which the Pumas won 2-1. The 26-year-old is anticipating a tough match against Michael Cheika’s side, who have since gone on to record victories over New Zealand and England.

“They’ve had some really good results in the last three or four months since we played them in the summer,” he said. “They’ve got threats all over the park, a really dangerous backline and a big, physical forward pack.

“They had a good result against England and it’s going to be a great challenge for us. It was a close game for them against Wales last weekend (Wales won 20-13).

“Argentina have always been a really good team and with consistency of results, that’s really coming through now.

“Michael Cheika has been great for them, you can see that with the results they’re getting. They are a well-set squad, with not many changes. They know how each other play.

“They play a lot of rugby together over three, four months, so they have that cohesion. You can see it in the way they play and feed off each other.”

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