Grove happy with Japan test

Scotland centre pleased with preparation for Argentina tour

Last Updated: 02/06/10 9:32am

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Grove: Preparing for Argentina

Grove: Preparing for Argentina

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Alex Grove believes that Scotland's 24-5 victory over a Japan Select XV has served as good preparation for their upcoming tour of Argentina.

The Edinburgh loan signing crossed the try-line early on in the contest at Murrayfield but the hosts failed to take control of the game until after half-time.

Coach Andy Robinson often ordered his side to pass-up kicking opportunities so they could focus on improving their game with ball in hand.

Grove was pleased with his early try but admitted that Scotland had to shake off some cobwebs in the opening 40 minutes.

He said: "It's always nice to score but from what I remember of the try it was a build-up of three phases and quick ball from the breakdown, and I was just in a bit of space and a good ball from Nick De Luca put me in space to score.

"That's probably where we slipped up a bit in the first half, our breakdown work wasn't as aggressive as it has been in the past and ought to be.

Rust

"But that's probably just some of the rustiness coming out. In the second half our work in the breakdown was a bit better and we got quicker ball."

Despite the unheralded opponents Scotland were facing, the 22-year-old said the match provided a perfect test ahead of their two clashes with the Pumas later in June.

"It was a really worthwhile exercise, the Japanese play with a lot of enthusiasm," Grove added.

"They don't stop, they keep coming at you for 80 minutes. That's exactly what we needed.

"We trained hard on Monday and trained on Tuesday morning. We probably had a little fatigue coming into the game, but that's a great build-up towards Argentina.

"Next week we won't be training hard the game before or training on the morning of the game.

"It was definitely worthwhile, because we only came together on Sunday and trained hard then too.

"The boys have got a lot out of the last three days and hopefully that will carry into next week's training."

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