Dan is still the man
GLASGOW fans got a further reminder of what they're about to lose as fly-half Dan Parks put Argentina to the sword in Scotland's 24-16 victory in Tucamen last weekend.
Parks, who is Cardiff-bound later this summer, showed yet again that like a fine wine he improves with age as his probing kicks not only put the Pumas on the backfoot (as well as keeping the scoreboard ticking) but in standing flatter than usual, he displayed the creative side that Warriors boss Sean Lineen has spent years unlocking.
All this must be bittersweet for Warriors fans who are no doubt sad he's leaving but also proud of their man excelling for his country even though there are still those of an Edinburgh persuasion who still refuse to accept Parks as one of their own.
Parks did miss a couple of easy ones in the first half but the difference with Dan today compared with a few years back is that he didn't spend the rest of the game dwelling on it.
Sure enough, when it came to landing a more difficult kick, he banished the miss before and duly plonked it over - "he doesn't have bottle", remarked one Glasgow fan, "he has a whole crate".
But even Parks himself would freely admit that a fly-half is only as good as his pack.
The Argentina pack is renown for devestating the opposition and it was feared that a repeat show of their win at Murrayfield last year would once again occur.
If so, nobody told Moray Low as the Warriors prop at last came of age on
the international stage causing his opposite number to panic on a number of occasions.
Captain Kellock as usual was a pillar of strength in the line-out while the 'Killer Bees' of John Barclay, Johnnie Beattie and (another departing Warrior) Kelly Brown commanded the breakdown with ease.
Of course, this being Scotland, there is always room for improvement. The two tries that were conceded to Argentina were soft - even though the video ref was not wearing his specs for the Pumas' second score.
While Kellock stated he wasn't concerned about our own ability to cross the line, Scotland can't keep relying on Parks to kick them to victory.
Ex-Warrior Sean Lamont was unlucky not to have scored when his leg went into touch before grounding the ball over the line but more chances to cross over were there but went abegging.
Had Scotland been more ruthless in the opposing 22, Argentina would have been on the wrong end of a cricket score. Get that right and it won't just be Dan that Scotland fans are praising.
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