Danielli determined to shine

Scottish winger detemined to make his mark against Pumas

Last Updated: 17/06/10 11:11am

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Danielli: Determined

Danielli: Determined

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Simon Danielli is determined to make his mark after being handed a starting berth for Scotland in Saturday's second Test against Argentina.

The Ulster winger was left out of the Scot's 24-16 win over the Pumas last Saturday in Tucuman.

But he has been brought back into the side in the only change by coach Andy Robinson, who has re-giged his backline to accommodate the Ulster wideman.

The pacy Danielli will start on the left wing, so Sean Lamont moves to the right flank and Max Evans switches to his more accustomed role in the centres.

Danielli, who is set to win his 26th cap in the game at Mar del Plata, said: "I'm always hoping to be involved. Having chatted with the coach before we came here, I was hopeful to get at least one game.

"I have the opportunity to be in the line-up and I hope we can produce good rugby."

Repay confidence

Robinson turned to Danielli because of his good form for Ulster and the 30-year-old is hoping to repay the coach's confidence in him.

The winger added: "I hope I can have good form on my side.

"I hope we'll get some counter-attack balls, some balls in the channel in order to threaten the Argentinean defence.

"I want to get as involved as possible and play my part in the side again."

While Scotland won the first Test thanks to Dan Parks' accurate kicking, Danielli is hoping for try-scoring opportunities this time around.

Fantastic tacklers

He added: "Argentina's defence is one of the best in the world. They have really clever defenders, fantastic tacklers.

"If we have just penalties, we have to try to score all of them. Hopefully, if try-scoring chances arise, we will finish them all too."

Argentina coach Santiago Phelan has made two changes to his line-up, but Danielli believes it will be tough whatever side the Pumas put out.

He said: "Scotland have played them many times in recent years and every game has been close.

"We know the strengths of Argentina - they all have many strengths. I don't think that one or two players not playing this weekend will make a big difference because the one in is as good as the one out."

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