Gregor Townsend's side rue a poor first half in Jujuy

Scotland Summer Tour Squad 2022

Scotland trail 1-0 lead in their three-Test series against Argentina after losing 26-18 in Jujuy.

Gregor Townsend’s side recovered from a disappointing first half, in which Jeronimo De La Fuente and then Santiago Carreras scored for the Pumas, to draw level at 18-18 midway through the second period with two quick-fire tries of their own.

First Mark Bennett marked his first Test start in six years by gliding through Argentina’s defance and then Rory Hutchinson crossed after combining with Blair Kinghorn in a classic switch move.

However, Argentina scored their third try from the restart, Gonzalo Bertranou stretching for the line in the corner, and an Emiliano Boffelli penalty with ten minutes to go ultimately put the match out of reach for the visitors.

They will now be looking to regroup ahead of the second Test in Salta.

Scotland team to play Argentina – Saturday 2 July

Rory Hutchinson; Darcy Graham, Mark Bennett, Sam Johnson, Duhan van der Merwe; Blair Kinghorn, Ali Price; Pierre Schoeman, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Grant Gilchrist  (captain), Jonny Gray, Magnus Bradbury, Luke Crosbie, Matt Fagerson.

Replacements: Ewan Ashman, Rory Sutherland, Javan Sebastian, Sam Skinner, Rory Darge, Ben White, Ross Thompson, Sione Tuipulotu.

Chile 5-45 Scotland A

Wing Damien Hoyland scored a hat-trick as Scotland A beat Chile 45-5 in Santiago.

Gregor Townsend’s side scored seven tries in all. Scrum-half George Horne crossed for two while Rufus McLean and Ali Price also scored tries. Santiago Edwards scored Chile’s only try.

Scotland have now moved on to Argentina to prepare for a three-Test series against the Pumas, while Chile are building up to a two-legged play-off with the USA to determine who will qualify for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Scotland A team to play Chile – Saturday 25 June

Ollie Smith; Damien Hoyland, Matt Currie, Sione Tuipulotu, Rufus McLean; Ross Thompson, George Horne; Jamie Bhatti, Dave Cherry, Javan Sebastian, Jamie Hodgson, Scott Cummings, Ben Muncaster, Luke Crosbie (captain), Matt Fagerson.

Replacements: Jonny Matthews, Pierre Schoeman, Murphy Walker, Glen Young, Magnus Bradbury, Ali Price, Blair Kinghorn, Mark Bennett.

Scotland Summer Tour Squad 2022

Gregor Townsend has named a 40-player squad for Scotland’s tour to Chile and Argentina.

Stuart Hogg and Finn Russell are not part of the touring squad, which will be captained by Edinburgh second-row Grant Gilchrist and includes six uncapped players – Matt Currie, Ben Muncaster, Kyle Rowe, Ollie Smith, Murphy Walker and Glen Young.

On resting the likes of Hogg, Townsend said: “Someone like Stuart Hogg, he’s played more minutes than anybody else that’s available to us and when you put that on the back of the Lions tour the year before, we believe the best thing for him and others is to rest this summer.

“Stuart and others are going to get a break this summer and we believe that will be of big benefit to them.

While Hogg, who has been Scotland captain since the last Rugby World Cup, fly-half Russell and centre Chris Harris are not involved, fellow British & Irish Lions Zander Fagerson, Ali Price, Duhan van der Merwe and Hamish Watson will travel to South America.

Openside flanker Watson is in line to win his 50th Scotland cap against the Pumas as he is currently on 49 appearances for his country but fellow back-rower Jamie Ritchie misses the tour through injury.

Huw Jones and Adam Hastings were both ruled out of the tour due to injury before the squad departed.

Forwards

Ewan Ashman (Sale Sharks, 2 caps)

Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors, 22 caps)

Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh, 18 caps)

Dave Cherry (Edinburgh, 5 caps)

Andy Christie (Saracens, 1 cap)

Luke Crosbie (Edinburgh, 1 cap)

Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors, 21 caps)

Rory Darge (Glasgow Warriors, 4 caps)

Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors, 21 caps)

Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors, 47 caps)

Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh, 53 caps)

Jonny Gray (Exeter Chiefs, 67 caps)

Jamie Hodgson (Edinburgh, 5 caps)

Jonny Matthews (Glasgow Warriors, uncapped)

Ben Muncaster (Edinburgh, uncapped)

Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh, 9 caps)

Javan Sebastian (Scarlets, 1 cap)

Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs, 20 caps)

Rory Sutherland (Worcester Warriors, 18 caps)

George Turner (Glasgow Warriors, 25 caps)

Murphy Walker (Glasgow Warriors, uncapped)

Hamish Watson (Edinburgh, 49 caps)

Glen Young (Edinburgh, uncapped)

Backs

Mark Bennett (Edinburgh, 24 caps)

Matt Currie (Edinburgh, uncapped)

Darcy Graham (Edinburgh, 27 caps)

Adam Hastings (Gloucester, 26 caps) Ruled out with a hamstring injury

George Horne (Glasgow Warriors, 17 caps)

Damian Hoyland (Edinburgh, 4 caps)

Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints, 5 caps)

Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors, 24 caps)

Huw Jones (Harlequins, 31 caps) Ruled out with a back injury

Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh, 31 caps)

Rufus McLean (Glasgow Warriors, 2 caps)

Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors, 51 caps)

Kyle Rowe (London Irish, uncapped)

Ollie Smith (Glasgow Warriors, uncapped)

Ross Thompson (Glasgow Warriors, 1 cap)

Sione Tuipulotu (Glasgow Warriors, 5 caps)

Duhan van der Merwe (Worcester Warriors, 16 caps)

Ben White (London Irish, 4 caps)

Scotland Summer Tour Fixtures 2022

Saturday 25 June Chile 5-45 Scotland A

Saturday 2 July Argentina 26-18 Scotland

Saturday 9 July Argentina v Scotland (8.10pm, Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta)  Live on Sky Sports

Saturday 16 July Argentina v Scotland (8.10pm, Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades, Santiago Del Estero)  Live on Sky Sports

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