Wing Darcy Graham scored a hat-trick of tries to help Scotland beat Argentina 52-29 in the Autumn Nations Series on Saturday, as Edinburgh Rugby players showcased their attacking threat ahead of this season’s Heineken Champions Cup.

The Pool A outfit’s Duhan van der Merwe also dotted down for the hosts at BT Murrayfield, while clubmate Emiliano Boffelli crossed for Argentina and added seven points from the tee.

Racing 92 fly-half Finn Russell starred for Scotland and slotted six conversions, with Exeter Chiefs full-back Stuart Hogg another Heineken Champions Cup star to cross the whitewash.

Gloucester Rugby lock Matias Alemanno was also among the try-scorers for Argentina, who were hampered by ill-discipline.

Meanwhile, Vodacom Bulls utility back Kurt-Lee Arendse notched two tries as South Africa thrashed Italy 63-21 in Genoa.

Cell C Sharks hooker Bongi Mbonambi also crossed, along with Montpellier Hérault Rugby scrum-half Cobus Reinach, DHL Stormers prop Steven Kitshoff and fly-half Damian Willemse

DHL Stormers’ Manie Libbok struck five conversions in the second half as players from the three South African clubs debuting in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup enjoyed fruitful performances.

Italy were in contention at the break and led for much of the first half after Stade Toulousain’s Ange Capuozzo continued his rich vein of form with another excellent finish. Harlequins’ Tommaso Allan was also at the forefront of the home side’s efforts, contributing 11 points from the tee.

Elsewhere, Leicester Tigers full-back Freddie Steward went over as England battled back from 19 points down to draw 25-25 with New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium, while a late penalty from Leinster Rugby’s Ross Byrne saw Ireland beat Australia 13-10.