World Cup - Argentina snatch thriller from Scotland
Replacement winger Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino beat four defenders from 35 metres out to help Argentina to snatch a 13-12 victory over Scotland in Wellington that kept alive their rugby World Cup quarter-finals chances.
Amorosino's 72nd-minute try, which was converted by captain Felipe Contepomi, brought Argentina back from 12-6 down to give the Pumas, who finished third at the 2007 World Cup, victory in a bruising encounter.
"You have to give the Scotland lads tremendous credit for the way they played the game. I thought tactically they were very smart and they created a number of opportunities but 30 seconds of madness has cost us," Robinson said.
"You have to give Argentina credit for finding a way to win the game when in the second half I thought they were outplayed (but) they found an answer (and) their never-say-die attitude got them through."
For Scotland to progress, they will almost certainly have to beat England and then hope that Argentina's result and the bonus-point situation works in their favour.
The Pumas' fans transformed the stadium into a soccer-style amphitheatre, despite the miserable weather, with their chanting, dancing and singing though the match failed to rise to their carnival exhortations.
Scotland's enterprise -- they were prepared to spin the ball wide -- did not result in points as they turned the ball over numerous times while in the Pumas' half.
"We controlled a lot of the territory and possession and gave ourselves a chance to win that game," Scotland captain Rory Lawson said.
"We are hugely disappointed we gave Argentina the 30 seconds that broke us down, but at the same time we take our hats off to them for executing that opportunity."
The first-half scoring was restricted to three penalties, one to Contepomi and one each to Chris Paterson and Ruaridh Jackson to give the Scots a 6-3 lead at the break.
Scotland had the advantage of a blustery, southerly wind in the second half and were prepared to resort to high kicks in the swirling wind to put pressure on the Pumas in their own half, though again they failed to capitalise.
Contepomi tied the game at 6-6 in the 62nd minute with his second penalty, though Jackson struck back immediately to snatch back the lead when the Scots forwards set him up for a 40-metre drop goal.
Replacement fly-half Dan Parks extended the lead and appeared to have won the match with a drop goal, though Amorosino sealed the win with eight minutes remaining.
Parks had the opportunity to snatch back victory in the final minute but his drop goal attempt was pushed to the left.
"It was a must-win game and maybe we didn't play the way we practised but it was very important that we managed to turn around six points in the final 10 minutes," Contepomi said.
"It think it is a great boost for us, now we depend on ourselves (but)...we haven't achieved anything yet.
"So we know we are in the front seat in terms of going to play Georgia and looking to qualify."
20’ Contepomi penalty: Argentina 3-0
36’ Paterson penalty: 3-3 Scotland
40’ Jackson penalty: 3-6 Scotland
64’ Contepomi penalty: Argentina 6-6
66’ Jackson drop goal: 6-9 Scotland
73’ Parks drop goal: 6-12 Scotland
74’ Amorosino try: Argentina 11-12
75’ Contepomi conversion: Argentina 13-12