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Scotland 6-32 New Zealand

Scotland (6) 6
Pens: Paterson (2)

New Zealand (18) 32
Tries: Tuitavake, Weepu, Kahui, Boric
Cons: Donald (2), Carter Pens: Donald (2)

By Rob Hodgetts

New Zealand swept aside Scotland with a powerful performance from a largely second-string side at Murrayfield.

The Tri-Nations champions proved too physical for Scotland and scored tries from Anthony Tuitavake, Piri Weepu, Richard Kahui and Anthony Boric.

Fly-half Stephen Donald, standing in for the inspirational Dan Carter, kicked 10 points.

Scotland, who have still never beaten the All Blacks, could only manage two penalties from Chris Paterson.

Despite leaving the likes of Carter and skipper Richie McCaw on the bench, New Zealand were always likely to prove formidable opponents, and though Scotland bravely stuck to their task and enjoyed plenty of possession, they struggled to get past a ferocious All Blacks defence.

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For inspiration, Scotland's Olympic cycling hero Chris Hoy was invited to deliver the match ball to the centre spot, and he urged his side on as he walked out draped in his three gold medals from Beijing.

Scottish skipper Mike Blair was suitably fired up and launched a devastating early break upfield, offloading to Paterson, who raced into the All Blacks 22 before drawing a penalty.

Paterson slotted the three points himself but Scotland's brave start was marred shortly after when centre Nick de Luca was sin-binned for kicking away the ball as he lay on the floor.

Donald gratefully accepted the three points and the All Blacks took further advantage of the extra man when Tuitavake caught Donald's lofted cross-kick to score in the right corner.

Piri Weepu scored New Zealand's second try
Weepu gathered Kahui's chip-through to touch down

After trading a penalty apiece, the Kiwis stretched further clear when centre Kahui's chip-ahead launched a black wave through the Scottish line. Any one of half a dozen Kiwis could have gathered the ball but it fell to Weepu to touch down.

Donald missed the conversion but New Zealand were let off the hook when Paterson missed a penalty soon after.

From the restart, hooker Ross Ford set off on a barnstorming run and Scotland surged to within yards of the New Zealand line before Kiwi lock Boric was sin-binned for coming into the ruck from the side.

Scotland opted for the scrum instead of the pot at goal and a lengthy period camped on New Zealand's line ensued as scrum after scrum was reset or the put-in swapped over.

Henry happy with All Blacks defence

Eventually, New Zealand cleared their lines and Scotland's last effort of the half ended with Thom Evans just failing to gather a chip-through within yards of the Kiwi line.

New Zealand struck immediatley after the break when a Donald punt upfield bounced kindly for Kahui to collect and sprint over, with Scottish wing Sean Lamont pulling his hamstring in the chase.

To their credit, Scotland refused to let New Zealand run riot and hung bravely to the Kiwi coat tails as the half wore on, even when McCaw was introduced in the third quarter.

New Zealand should have gone further ahead when number eight Liam Messam broke through and offloaded to replacement Cory Jane, who inexplicably spilled the ball with the line at his mercy.

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But the fourth try came when Carter, introduced inside the last 25 minutes, gathered his own grubber and fed Boric who outpaced the cover to score.

Evans gave Scottish fans something to cheer with an incisive break late on but the All Blacks will move on with their hopes of a northern hemisphere Grand Slam still very much intact.


Scotland: Paterson (Edinburgh); Evans (Glasgow), Cairns (Edinburgh), De Luca (Edinburgh), S Lamont (Northampton); Godman (Edinburgh), Blair (Edinburgh, capt); Jacobsen (Edinburgh), Ford (Edinburgh), E Murray (Northampton), Hines (Perpignan), Hamilton (Edinburgh), White (Sale), Taylor (Stade Francais), Barclay (Glasgow).
Replacements: Hall (Glasgow Warriors - for Ford, 64), Dickinson (Gloucester - for Murray, 54, Murray for Jacobsen, 64), Mustchin (Edinburgh - for Hines, 54), Gray (Northampton - for White, 61), Lawson (Gloucester - for Blair, 69), Parks (Glasgow - for Godman, 69), Southwell (Edinburgh - for Lamont, 43).

New Zealand: Isaia Toeava; Anthony Tuitavake, Richard Kahui, Ma'a Nonu, Joe Rokocoko; Stephen Donald, Piri Weepu; Jamie Mackintosh, Keven Mealamu (capt), John Afoa, Anthony Boric, Ali Williams, Kieran Read, Adam Thomson, Liam Messam.
Replacements: Corey Flynn (for Mealamu, 60), Neemia Tialata (for Mackinstosh, 55), Ross Filipo (for Williams, 64), Richie McCaw (for Thompson, 60), Andy Ellis (for Weepu, 52), Dan Carter (for Ellis, 69), Cory Jane (for Toeava, 54).



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