Paterson: We won't be just putting the boot in


Last updated at 22:35 05 October 2007

Chris Paterson will attempt to shoot down Argentina tomorrow with another flawless

barrage of penalties and conversions, buoyed by

messages of support from

another Scot with a keen eye

for goal — Ally McCoist.

The Gloucester utility back has

been the Golden Boot of the World

Cup to date, having hit the target

14 times out of 14 during the pool


Chris Paterson

But he admitted yesterday

that if Frank Hadden's side are to

tame the mighty Pumas at the

Stade de France to claim a semifinal

place, they must prove they

have other strings to their bow.

While Marcelo Loffreda, the

Argentina coach, has been ramming

home to his players the

importance of maintaining discipline,

knowing that any lapses are

bound to be punished, Paterson

wants to get his kicks from try-scoring.

The 29-year-old believes Scotland

cannot hope to win unless

they threaten with ball in hand.

The build-up to a match of

enormous significance for both

countries has been dominated by

talk of goal-kicking, given that Dan

Parks' return of five from five has

helped Scotland achieve perfection

in that area.

That emphasis — and

the implicit suggestion that the

Scots' only hope is to play percentage

rugby and wait for the sweet

sound of the referee's whistle — has

annoyed Paterson.

"I get embarrassed about the

things I read and hear about kicking,"

he said.

"I'm just doing my best to play

good rugby, I want to have the ball

in my hand, attack and score tries.

I want to offer a lot more than justkicks. Let's hope we are talking

about tries, not kicks, on Sunday

night, because that would mean we

had found our attacking edge.

"You've got to just win, but you

don't win by playing rubbish. There

comes a time when you have to go

for it, take a chance and play a bit.

"I think we can threaten them. The

Lamonts can be very dangerous in

attack and Simon Webster is also a

dangerous runner at No 13. I like to

think I can run a wee bit, too."

Hadden is a coach who knows that

the pressure is off, as the 'minimum

requirement' of a quarter-final has

been achieved and the rugby world

south of Hadrian's Wall fully expects

a Pumas victory.

But he sounded

the clarion call for his players to

make a name for themselves.

"For us, last week was all about

getting the respect of our public at

home and the world at large," he

said. "We achieved that by reaching

the quarter-finals. This week is different.

It is about finding our place

in history and there's no doubt in

my mind that we're ready for that."

Yesterday both coaches named

unchanged line-ups, with Felipe

Contepomi fit to start at inside

centre for Argentina after recovering

from flu. Hadden spiced up proceedings

by claiming the South

Americans had been allowed to get

away with some skullduggery at

the breakdown, to which Loffreda

replied: "No, we are not illegal.

Maybe he is trying to manage the


Argentina hold all the aces when it comes to attacking back play,

with Juan Martin Hernandez and

Felipe Contepomi orchestrating in

midfield and Ignacio Corleto a

menace running from deep.

Up front, Hadden's pack are

bound to struggle in the scrum, but

they have enough lineout options

to win a reasonable share of possession,

while Jason White and his

back-row colleagues will be bigger

and more abrasive than most the

Pumas have come across.

What the Scots cannot control is

the sheer scale of their rivals' desire

to keep making a point to the rugby

superpowers who choose not to

admit them to their 'cosy' competitions.

"This is a massive game for

Argentina," said their iconic captain,

Agustin Pichot. "We've played together for many years and we have

gained recognition for what we've

done, but we still keep fighting."

ARGENTINA: I Corleto; L Borges,

M Contepomi, F Contepomi, H Agulla;

JM Hernandez, A Pichot (capt);

R Roncero, M Ledesma, JM Scelzo;

IF Lobbe, P Albacete; L Ostiglia, G Longo,

JF Lobbe. Replacements: AV Basualdo,

O Hasan, RA Kairelis, JM Leguizamon,

NF Miranda, F Todeschini, H Senillosa.

SCOTLAND: R Lamont; S Lamont,

S Webster, R Dewey, C Paterson;

D Parks, M Blair; G Kerr, R Ford,

E Murray; N Hines, J Hamilton; J White

(capt), S Taylor, A Hogg. Replacements:

S Lawson, C Smith, S MacLeod, K Brown,

C Cusiter, A Henderson, H Southwell.

Referee: Joel Jutge (France).

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