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LionsWatch: Laidlaw delighted with Scotland execution

LionsWatch: Laidlaw delighted with Scotland execution

Small margins were the difference for Scotland, according to skipper Greig Laidlaw, after his late penalty earned them victory over Argentina.

"There was a feeling from last weekend and every game you watch now, the importance of small margins, they can make a huge difference to a game and it was again small margins."

Small margins were the difference for Scotland, according to skipper Greig Laidlaw, after his late penalty earned them victory over Argentina.

A week after the Scots had gone down in the final minute to Australia, they earned some form of redemption with their late 19-16 success over the Pumas.

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In a tight first half the Scots led 6-3, but after Nicolas Sanchez had levelled matters, Matias Orlando’s try put the visitors ahead for the first time.

Scotland responded through Sean Maitland and after a pair of penalties it was left to Laidlaw to seal the win with the final kick of the game, much to the scrum-half’s delight.

He said: “As Vern (Cotter) said, it was credit to the whole team. That was the key. After they scored, that was the message under the posts: ‘don’t panic, we can score tries’. We hit straight back and scored and pegged them back straight away.

“That psychologically was a massive blow. We’re still annoyed from that Australia game if we’re being honest so we’re delighted to just get on the right side of one.

“There was a feeling from last weekend and every game you watch now, the importance of small margins, they can make a huge difference to a game and it was again small margins.

“If you make a mistake or don’t quite take your opportunity it could mean a win or a loss. Every game now, especially against world class sides like that, it’s all about small margins.”

It was another promising performance from the Scots, who gave a debut to young flanker Magnus Bradbury.
 

Awesome to get the win yesterday, huge team effort. Chuffed for my old pal @BradburyMagnus on his 1st cap,cheers for the support as always?? pic.twitter.com/XySBgv5k6f

— Zander Fagerson (@ZanderFagerson) November 20, 2016


The Edinburgh back-rower is still only 21, but coped admirably with the step up to the international stage.

And he admitted that it was a little overwhelming to begin with, before settling into the game.

“Yeah it was incredible. Everybody says how quick it’s going to be,” he said.

“I noticed the pace in those first couple of phases. It was unbelievably quick.

“I was a bit overwhelmed to be honest, it was pretty surreal out on the pitch. But I got my head down and just tried to do what I do.

“It is special to get your first cap, I’m so happy but at the end of the day, it’s just another game of rugby and you’ve got to focus on what the team need to do and what you need to do yourself to make as big an impact as possible.

“It all flew by but when you’re out on that pitch, you know that you need to focus and just do what you do.”

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