Gilchrist proud of Scotland's victory over Argentina
24 June 2014 13:08pm
Duncan Weir, above, led Scotland to victory as Grant Gilchrist captained the side
Scotland captain Grant Gilchrist admits there are still things to work on despite being "proud" of the way his side battled to victory over Argentina last Friday.
Duncan Weir scored a late penalty to secure a 21-19 win against the Pumas as Scotland secured their third consecutive Test win under new head coach Vern Cotter - who took over after the 2014 RBS 6 Nations.
Stuart Hogg and Javier Ortega Desio traded tries before Nicolas Sanchez's drop-goal gave Argentina the lead.
The hosts extended their advantage in Cordoba through Joaquin Tuculet's try but, after a try from Henry Pyrgos went unconverted, Weir held his nerve to kick his third successful penalty for the win.
The victory followed those over USA and Canada, with Scotland's four-match tour concluding against South Africa on Saturday.
And lock Gilchrist, who was named captain for the first time against the South Americans, says there is still work to be done.
"It wasn't perfect but we showed a bit of character in the last ten minutes and that is something I am really proud of," he said.
"I was just saying 'keep believing in what we have been doing all week'.
"I think it was a scrum that was the turning point, we pushed them off their ball and got three points to put us within seven and then great individual play and a great score took us right back in it.
"Then we had to score again and our forwards really stepped up. I am really proud."
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