PA Sport - Sat, 12 Jun 21:45:00 2010
Parks (pictured) maintained his man-of-the-match form from the Six Nations with another consummate kicking display, the rejuvenated fly-half landing six penalties and two drop goals.
It had looked ominous for the tourists early on in the first Test of their two-match tour when errors in defence and attack saw them concede tries to Gonzalo Tiesi and Juan Manuel Leguizamon, with Felipe Contepomi kicking Argentina's other points. Both sides made an adventurous start but Scotland paid for their ambition early on when Max Evans lost the ball in the tackle.
The Pumas pounced for the easiest of breakaway tries, Contepomi feeding Tiesi to run in unchallenged. Contepomi was wide with the conversion. Parks kicked a penalty as Scotland continued to run the ball but the Pumas were piling on the pressure at scrum time and were rewarded with a close-range penalty kicked by Contepomi.
Parks missed a 25-metre penalty before new captain Alastair Kellock almost gifted Argentina a second try on the counter when he lost the ball, but Nick De Luca produced a vital tap tackle on Contepomi.
Parks converted his latest penalty attempt from more than 40 metres but Argentina had their second try when Horacio Agulla claimed a Contepomi chip to the corner and offloaded for Leguizamon. The flanker shrugged off some poor tackles, stretched and got the ball down on the line to the satisfaction of the video referee. Contepomi missed the conversion.
The Pumas continued to infringe at the breakdown but Parks failed to make them pay with what looked a straightforward 22-metre penalty. He made amends again with another long-range effort to keep Scotland in contention and they were denied a try on the stroke of half-time when Lamont grounded the ball after being tackled into touch by Martin Rodriguez-Gurruchaga.
Scotland were well on top at the start of the second half as Argentina replaced prop Martin Scelzo with Marcos Ayerza and Lucas Borges with Lucas Gonzalez-Amorosino. The Pumas were starting to make errors in their own 22 and they gave the tourists a 25-metre penalty from which Parks put them ahead for the first time.
Argentina came roaring back and Scotland survived a succession of five-metre scrums before replacing Johnnie Beattie and Rory Lawson with Alasdair Strokosch and Mike Blair. Mariano Galarza came on for Manuel Carizza seconds before Parks booted a 48-metre penalty to increase the tourists' lead to five points.
The hosts threw on Agustin Creevy for Mario Ledesma but it was now a long time since they had led 13-6. Parks was full of confidence and took on a 55-metre penalty which was nowhere near but more excellent Scotland attacking set up a close-range drop goal which the fly-half converted to put the tourists eight points up.More substitutions followed for both sides before Contepomi cut the deficit with a long-range penalty but yet more Argentinian infringement allowed Parks to wrap up a superb victory with his sixth penalty.