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Scotland 3-49 New Zealand

Scotland (03) 03
Pens: Parks
New Zealand (28) 49
Tries: Gear, Muliaina, Carter, Smith, Ellis Cons: Carter 5, Donald 2 Pens:

Scotland's Dan Parks

Highlights - Scotland 3-49 New Zealand

Scotland's wait for a first win over New Zealand continues after the All Blacks inflicted a record defeat at Murrayfield on the hosts.

The home side took the lead through a Dan Parks penalty, but the visitors replied with seven converted tries.

Hosea Gear and Mils Muliaina scored twice, while Dan Carter, Conrad Smith and Andy Ellis also crossed the line.

Carter converted five tries to finish with 15 points, while replacement Stephen Donald kicked four points.

Scotland went into the match full of confidence after beating Ireland in Dublin and securing a 2-0 series win in Argentina this year.

Scotland coach Andy Robinson

Scotland need to improve 'dramatically' - Robinson

However, not many expected Andy Robinson's men to extend their four-match unbeaten run with a victory over the world's number one-ranked side and so it proved, although the ease with which southern hemisphere behemoths secured the win was surprising.

The All Blacks selected a strong line-up in anticipation of a closely-fought encounter, but such was their total dominance they could allow the faultless Carter and captain Richie McCaw to leave the field before an hour had elapsed on the clock.

New Zealand were devastating on the counter-attack but were never really tested as Scotland disappointed in defence and created little during a match which, after the break, stagnated into a series of training-ground drills.

Robinson's men took an early lead as Parks earned three points with a 10m kick after the visitors were penalised for not releasing, but that was as good as it got for a team hoping for a first win in 28 matches against their opponents.

New Zealand went on to score 14 points in two ruthless minutes as the home side's defence wilted in the face of a direct and powerful backline.

Sonny Bill Williams impressed and the league convert's cute off-load put Gear under the sticks for the winger's first try of the evening.

The visitors then counter-attacked to devastating effect to put the supporting Carter through for a try which he converted.

Muliaina then scored under the post, with a Carter conversion making it 21-3.

McCaw pleased with 'simple' win at Murrayfield

The result was left in no doubt when the outside-half put Gear into space and the winger ghosted through an absent defence for his third try in as many Tests.

The Murrayfield crowd were dumbstruck as New Zealand went into the break 28-3 ahead without seeming to have broken sweat and their misery was compounded by an injury to Mike Blair.

Another lovely Williams flick from the back of his hand released Muliaina to glide into the corner for a simple try - his 31st in a joint-record 92nd Test.

Carter converted from the touchline and that proved to be the outside-half's final act as he left his stage, presumably to keep him fresh for next weekend's match against Ireland in Dublin as the All Blacks chase a third Grand Slam in five years.

McCaw soon followed as New Zealand made six changes before the hour.

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The All Blacks went 42-3 ahead as they worked the ball wide for Smith to stroll over for another easy touchdown, converted by replacement Stephen Donald.

Andy Ellis scored the final try of the game but, in truth, it could have been any number of a swarming All Blacks.

Scotland's Max Evans, whose brother Thom suffered a career-ending broken neck against Wales last season, left the field on the stretcher and that seemed to encourage referee Dave Pearson to blow his whistle even though there was still time remaining on the clock.


Scotland: Southwell, R. Lamont, Evans, Morrison, S. Lamont, Parks, Blair, Jacobsen, Ford, Murray, Gray, Hamilton, Brown, Vernon, Barclay.

Replacements: Walker for R. Lamont (40), Jackson for Parks (67), Laidlaw for Blair (38), S. Lawson for Ford (65), Dickinson for Murray (65), Hines for Hamilton (40), Rennie for Brown (65).

New Zealand: Muliaina, Toeava, Smith, Williams, Gear, Carter, Cowan, Woodcock, Elliot, O. Franks, Thorn, Whitelock, Messam, McCaw, Read.

Replacements: Donald for Carter (51), Ellis for Cowan (58), Hore for Elliot (61), Afoa for O. Franks (54), Boric for Thorn (57), Braid for McCaw (57).

Not Used: Nonu.

Att: 56,807

Ref: Dave Pearson (RFU).



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