|Scotland (17) 23|
|Tries: Penalty strive, Graham Con: Russell Pens: Russell 3|
|New Zealand (14) 31|
|Tries: Taukei’aho, Telea 2, S Barrett Cons: J Barrett 4 Pen: J Barrett|
Scotland failed to finish a 117-year anticipate a primary ever win towards New Zealand because the beleaguered All Blacks fought again to win a thriller at Murrayfield.
The vacationers raced right into a 14-0 lead after simply seven minutes because of tries from Samisoni Taukei’aho and debutant Mark Telea.
However Scotland have been degree a mere seven minutes later when Stuart Hogg was taken out for a penalty try to Darcy Graham intercepted and raced in on the nook.
The returning Finn Russell added three penalties as Scotland made it 23 unanswered factors, however they have been made to rue some missed alternatives, and Jack Dempsey’s sin-binning within the last quarter.
The All Blacks – who had been on the again foot for a lot of the sport – took full benefit as Scott Barrett crashed over and brother Jordie transformed to provide them the lead once more, earlier than Telea added his second to seal victory with 5 minutes left.
The final time the All Blacks have been in Edinburgh in 2017, solely a Beauden Barrett try-saver on Hogg stopped a probably historic victory, because the vacationers held on for a five-point win.
Then, as now, the Scotland gamers and followers have been impressed by the presence of Doddie Weir. The legendary lock offered the match ball 5 years after launching his basis, which has raised thousands and thousands for motor neurone illness analysis.
However even with that highly effective emotional lever to succeed in for, few had any hope of a repeat of 2017’s shut sport, by no means thoughts a primary ever win over New Zealand. Even this imperfect model of them.
And any at Murrayfield who did have hope may need considered heading for the pub when Taukei’aho crashed over with the guests’ first assault and Telea pounced on a cross-field kick for a debut rating to make it 14-0 after seven minutes.
However Scotland discovered no matter it’s they misplaced on the finish of 2021. Townsend’s crew re-discovered some depth, accuracy, and inspiration.
Hogg, again to his greatest, broke the road and kicked by, forcing Anton Lienert-Brown to take him out to forestall a strive. Off the centre went to the bin, and Scotland had seven factors.
It was quickly 14 when Graham picked off David Havili’s slack cross and sensationally scooted previous two black shirts.
Russell, the principle protagonist having been parachuted straight in at fly-half after not being picked for the unique squad, added a penalty to his conversion to provide the Scots a 17-14 lead on the break.
It might have been extra, too. Graham flew in on the nook however had a foot in contact, Jamie Ritchie was achieved for a double motion over the road, and Duhan van der Merwe was stopped simply quick.
When play resumed, the atypical trying All Blacks strayed offside and the nerveless Russell made the lead six. Was the unthinkable unfolding?
Hogg went inches away from a strive, after which a scrum penalty allowed Russell to increase the hole to 9 factors, and Scotland’s twenty third with out reply.
Murrayfield swelled with perception. By this stage New Zealand have been in double figures for penalties conceded, their aura fading quick.
Jordie Barrett’s penalty made it a six-point sport once more because the vacationers stopped the circulation of Scottish factors with 18 minutes left.
Then got here the turning level. Dempsey was sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on as he raced off the road to thwart an All Blacks surge, and from the ensuing scrum the guests pounced.
Scott Barrett burrowed over from shut vary, and brother Jordie transformed to place New Zealand again in entrance by a single level.
At that stage, there was an inevitability concerning the consequence. And positive sufficient, the All Blacks made the victory protected.
Relentless stress launched Telea out huge to thud over the whitewash within the nook and nearly floor the ball, and Barrett nailed the touchline conversion to rub salt into Scotland’s wounds.
That is win quantity 30 towards the Scots for New Zealand with out defeat in 32, however boy they got a scare.
Scotland: Hogg; Graham, Harris, Tuipulotu, Van der Merwe; Russell, Value; Schoeman, Brown, Z Fagerson, R Grey, Gilchrist, Ritchie (capt), Watson, M Fagerson
Replacements: Ashman, Sutherland, Nel, J Grey, Dempsey, White, Kinghorn, Bennett.
New Zealand: J Barrett; Telea, Lienert-Brown, Havili, Clarke; B Barrett, Christie; De Groot, Taukei’aho, Laulala, Whitelock (capt), S Barrett, A Ioane, Papali’i, Savea
Replacements: Taylor, Bower, Newell, Vaa’i, Frizell, Perenara, Perofeta, R Ioane.