A Finn Russell Masterclass as Scotland Put Away Argentina

At BT Murrayfield, Finn Russell put on a spectacular performance as Scotland defeated an unruly Argentina 52-29. The fly-half was in outstanding form as he contributed significantly to five tries during Argentina's hour-long period with a man-down following Marcos Kremer's dismissal.

At that point, Matias Orlando had countered Sione Tuipulotu's opening kick, giving Los Pumas an 8-7 lead. But from that point on, Scotland took control, with Russell playing a key role in Duhan van der Merwe and Darcy Graham's touchdowns.

Scotland led 19-15 at the break regardless of a try from Matias Alemanno, but after the interval, Russell kept working the strings to get Graham in for his second. The Los Pumas were then reduced to 12 players after losing Alemanno and second-row teammate Tomas Lavanini to the penalty box in a matter of minutes.

However, Emiliano Boffelli managed to score for Argentina before Tuipulotu's second try seemed to seal the victory. Thomas Gallo and Scotland's captain Jamie Ritchie left for 10 minutes as a result of the constant penalties before Russell's grubber set up Cam Redpath for the try that ultimately won it.

Stuart Hogg scored for the home team's sixth try as the pressure mounted. Graham then completed his hat-trick before Ignacio Ruiz gave the visitors a lifeline. Emiliano Boffelli's penalty following an early breakdown violation gave Argentina the advantage at the start.

However, Scotland took the lead after a deft offload from Russell to Tuipulotu, who used strength and speed to push his way over for a first-test try. Argentina immediately retaliated after Russell's conversion. Van der Merwe was forced back into his own try line by Pablo Matera's grubber. Santiago Carreras attempted a kick through from the ensuing scrum, but it failed. However, as Russell attempted to make a break for it, he was tackled, and after a quick recycle, Orlando was given the opportunity to score.

Argentina had a one-point lead and appeared to be in control of the game even though Boffelli failed to convert. A week after costing them dearly against New Zealand, Scotland's errors in the opposition 22 were advantageous to them.


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