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Last Updated: Saturday, 26 November 2005, 16:16 GMT
Scotland 10-29 New Zealand
MATCH SUMMARY
Rico Gear scores New Zealand's first try
Scotland (3) 10
Try: Webster
Con: Paterson
Pen: Paterson
New Zealand (22) 29
Tries: Gear 2, Evans, Lauaki
Con: Evans 2, MacDonald
Pen: Evans
New Zealand completed an historic 'grand slam' of the home nations after a hard-fought win over a battling Scotland side at Murrayfield.

Scotland claimed an early lead through a Chris Paterson penalty but the All Blacks took control with tries from Rico Gear, Nick Evans and Sione Lauaki.

Scotland kept New Zealand at bay for most of the second half but Gear sealed the win with his second try.

But the Scots got the try they deserved when Simon Webster dived over late on.

New Zealand have also become the first team since Australia in 1984, and the first All Blacks side since 1978, to complete the 'grand slam'.

It also caps a superb year for Graham Henry's men who also defeated the Lions 3-0 this summer as well as winning the Tri-Nations.

But despite the defeat, Scotland will take a lot of heart from this display which saw them dominate territory in the second half.

Keeping in custom with the rest of the tour, New Zealand made a host of changes, 13 in all, for this game but the alterations did not make any difference as they almost scored from the kick off.

Scotland survived and got the first points through a Paterson penalty after full-back Hugo Southwell's deep kick put the All Blacks under pressure.

It was the only joy for Scotland in the first half as All Blacks took control of the game even though the rain started to fall.

Scotland failed to collect the kick-off to put themselves under pressure and from a five-metre scrum, scrum-half Piri Weepu's neat grubber kick was touched down by wing Gear for the first try.

The 'grand slam' has capped a great year
All Blacks coach Graham Henry

The home side hit back and came very close to scoring after captain Jason White rejected a chance to kick a penalty.

He opted for a catch and drive and despite a powerful shove which saw the Scotland pack crash over the line, the try was denied by the video referee.

Scotland had another chance for three points soon after but Paterson missed and New Zealand made them pay.

The All Blacks swept to the Scotland try-line from deep, demonstrating their ability at supporting the ball and offloading in the tackle and after several phases Evans was on hand to stroll over.

The Scots were handed another blow when scrum-half Chris Cusiter limped off.

Simon Webster
Simon Webster touches down for Scotland's deserved try

They had another good opportunity to keep the scoreboard ticking over but after White again opted for a penalty touch, the line-out was lost and New Zealand were able to clear.

New Zealand were making all of the running and after some brave Scotland defence, Evans kicked another three points.

And New Zealand went in at the break 22-3 ahead when a superb break from Evans lead to number eight Lauaki diving over for his first All Blacks try, even though there was a hint of a knock on.

Far from lying down, Scotland had the best of the second half with the forwards taking the fight to their much-vaunted opponents.

And Murrayfield started to roar when in-form wing Sean Lamont, who has had a superb autumn series, made a stunning break from inside his own half but the attack broke down when centre Andy Henderson was bundled into touch.

It was a missed opportunity because we didn't play well enough in the first half
Scotland coach Frank Hadden

Scotland's forwards were giving the backs plenty of ball and they almost got a try but debutant full-back Isaia Toeava cleared up well from a Dan Parks crossfield kick.

With both sides tiring, the game started to open up and Gear made sure of the slam with his eighth try in 10 Tests just six minutes from the end.

But Scotland capped a fine display in the closing moments when substitute Simon Webster touched down after beating Ma'a Nonu and Gear to a kick through.

Nothing was going to take away from New Zealand's achievement however, and the Edinburgh crowd gave Graham Henry's side a fine reception on their well-deserved lap of honour.


Scotland: H Southwell; C Paterson, M Di Rollo, A Henderson, S Lamont; D Parks, C Cusiter; G Kerr, S Lawson, B Douglas; C Hamilton, S Murray; J White (capt), A Hogg, S Taylor.
Replacements: Webster for Di Rollo (57), Godman for Parks (68), Blair for Cusiter (20), Hall for Lawson (59), Smith for Douglas (59), Kellock for Hamilton (40), Brown for Hogg (68).

New Zealand: I Toeava; R Gear, C Smith, T Umaga (capt), J Rokocoko; N Evans, P Weepu, S Taumoepeau, A Oliver, J Afoa, C Jack, J Ryan, A MacDonald, S Lauaki; R McCaw.
Replacements: Nonu for Smith (40), L. MacDonald for Evans (70), Cowan for Weepu (64), Tialata for Taumoepeau (69), Hore for Oliver (48), Eaton for Ryan (64), Tuiali'i for McCaw (45).

Att: 48,000

Referee: N Whitehouse (Wales).




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