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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Scotland undone by New Zealand at Murrayfield

Scotland undone by New Zealand at Murrayfield

New Zealand got the first leg of their Grand Slam tour under way with a comfortable 32-6 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday. With plenty of talk pre-match about the second string All Black outfit that coach Graeme Henry selected, the Scots still werent quite good enough to pose a threat to the Tri Nations champions.

The Scots got off to a good start in the match, looking dangerous through Mike Blair and Chris Paterson, but they couldnt maintain it and they will need to lift their game once again as they face the Springboks on Saturday.

The finishing of the visitors, as well as their superior pace and handling, outdid the at times shaky Scottish defence. The physicality of the match wasnt in question though, as this was no easy task for the men in black. Despite that, their four tries were ultimately enough to see them home for a relatively straight forward win.

Tries by Anthony Tuitavake, Richard Kahui, Piri Weepu and Anthony Boric meant that they can now put a little tick next to the checkbox for game one of this arduous tour.

Coach Graeme Henry was quick to praise his experimental side.

"It was a good start to the tour of the UK," said Henry.

"There was some quick defence out there when we were under the cosh.

"The Scots played with adventure and probably deserved a couple of tries. I'm told there were nine line breaks by Scotland. That shows we're a bit rusty. But this was a first time together for this team".

Scottish coach Frank Hadden was more frustrated than disappointed with the result.

"After having had so much possession and territory it was hard to accept this but when it came it to finishing New Zealand showed real class," he told reporters.

"However, I thought that we gave their defence a tough examination".

Regarding New Zealands chances of completing a Grand Slam, "They rode their luck today but they clearly have an abundance of talent. There is no denying the differences in resources between them and us".

New Zealand play Ireland at Croke Park on Saturday, with Scotland hosting South Africa at Murrayfield.

PLEASE NOTE: Mediazone have removed this video unfortunately.


Time: 06:02

Posted at 7:52 pm | 28 comments

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el nino November 11, 2008 9:22 pm

enjoyable match to watch,Scotland deserved more than 6 points !!! played with enterprise and enthusiasm but newzealand wer to good. Blair played awesome, defo one for the lions along with care.p.s dissapointed to see richard kahui dropped (not even on the bench) for the ireland match

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boomshanka November 11, 2008 10:55 pm

video content rejected ?yeah, good to see Scotland play enterprising Rugby ... just need to finish what they start

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manuel November 11, 2008 11:38 pm

unlike NH teams, second string team doesn't mean understrength team

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robert November 12, 2008 12:18 am

RD .. sorry to see that you're still having problems with the video rights, you're one of my very favourite sites and so obviously an asset to the great game .. I hope you can get it sorted out for everyone's benefit.

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Iain November 12, 2008 2:07 am

Check out Dan Parks asking to swap shirts with Dan Carter right at the end. Carter completely denies him!

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robert November 12, 2008 2:48 am

.. vid back up again .. well done.

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scottish fan November 12, 2008 4:49 am

Its icredibly frustrating to lose like that cause scotland looked like they played not to badly but just minor errors in defence are what the AB need to score. If scotland stopped kicking penalties and for kicked for touch or quick tap they'd have a chance to score alot more often cause they're attack looked pretty good.P.S would Chris paterson make the scotland team if it werent for his kicking abilities? cause having both lamonts in the scotland team would be great for scotland

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Anarchangel November 12, 2008 5:39 am

Iain: Check out Dan Parks asking to swap shirts with Dan Carter right at the end. Carter completely denies him!I think there's some sort of stupid sponsorship requirement there unfortunately.

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elliot November 12, 2008 6:31 am

Not that NZ needed any favors done for them, but that penalty at 1:00 didn't really seem all that deserved.Either way, I'm disappointed to see Scotland still trying to win games through penalty kicks. Grow a pair and run it in.

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Rancid November 12, 2008 8:15 am

Can't believe people are claiming it was an enjoyable game.I thought it was a complete and utter borefest. Terrible even.

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Peej November 12, 2008 10:10 am

I wanted to see Corey Jane's clanger over the line!

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William November 12, 2008 10:57 am

Scotish Fan YOu are a complete idiot Chris paterson is the only good player you have oo ANd that Blair is orite to i guess

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Tanqueray November 12, 2008 11:06 am

Elliot: "Either way, I'm disappointed to see Scotland still trying to win games through penalty kicks. Grow a pair and run it in."Not sure if you watched the full game or not? Scotland created more line breaks in this one game than they did in the whole of last season's 6N. The finishing skills just aren't there at the moment.Scotland kicked three penalties (missing 1), all of which were early on in the game and in front of the posts. NZ would have kicked them too had they been in the same position. That said, when both are fit, I would have no problem having both Lamonts on the pitch and Paterson on the bench, as I don't think he's offering enough outside of his kicking. That way we could do without that idiot Parks on the bench, and he could finally be consigned to club rugby where he belongs. Max Evans should replace Southwell on the bench, and Strockosch needs to be in the side ahead of White who just isn't firing on all cylinders yet. Sadly however, with Hadden picking the side that is never going to happen, which is why I decided after the Italy 6N match to boycot Murrayfield internationals until he is sacked. With the lack of bollocks among the SRU hierarchy coupled with the fact that no-one really wants the job, I could be in for a long wait.On the plus side, Murray destroyed McIntosh, Blair again pushed to be 1st choice Lions SH and Jim Hamilton put himself about well. They are all improving (despite, not because of Hadden) and should take a bit of confidence from this into the game with SA on Saturday. The eternal optimist in me says we could compete with SA. The realist says we could lose by more than we did last weekend...

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dr November 12, 2008 1:35 pm

"Check out Dan Parks asking to swap shirts with Dan Carter right at the end. Carter completely denies him"That was sooo funny but I think it was either sponsership thing or Carter told him that he would give it him when they are inside.

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Cheyanqu November 12, 2008 2:49 pm

Disappointing to hear a person say the game was a borefest.As many said, Scotland held possession and made wonderful line breaks; just the finishing needs work.If you look at it like an RWC 2007 match with a minnow vs a shark, it was actually a good spectacle.Scotland was the minnow in this match, and yet threw caution to the wind, and avoided constipating the game with kick after kick.For those rooting for the underdog -- or a shake up -- we had a good 30 minutes of that.Even if Scotland never scored a try, they gave it a go in a way that every rugby player likes to see. While I don't expect them to win more than one 6N match next year, I don't expect their matches to be snoozers either.If you want a borefest, see Canada v Ireland

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geraint November 12, 2008 3:12 pm

Scotland competed well but their finishing let them down as it did for wales against SA. Don't think realistically scotland were ever going to win but they're definitely capable of a closer game than it ended up being (scoreboard wise).Really don't see why they still have hadden there, as someone said earlier would also be much better for both lamont brothers to be playing, patterson should also be playing number 10 instead of parks.

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Rancid November 12, 2008 4:32 pm

Let me specify on my borefest comment.The referee.I was enjoying the game. But after the 56th ruck it got a little repetetive and boring.

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Ronnie November 12, 2008 4:38 pm

Great signs of improvement by scotland but ofcourse the finishing needs work.If they were to play like this in the 6 nations its going to be a very successful tournament for them.

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FACT November 12, 2008 5:27 pm

"There is no denying the differences in resources between them and us"Very true, As Cantenbury in New Zealand has more players than the whole of Svotland.FACT

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Anonymous November 12, 2008 5:47 pm

Start button doesn't work.

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goodNumber10 November 12, 2008 6:04 pm

yeah seems like none of the blip.tv links will work for me either.anyone any ideas? wanted to see these highlights for a couple of days now.

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anon2 November 12, 2008 6:25 pm

ditto to anon and goodnumber10

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sanchez November 12, 2008 7:46 pm

"great start to our tour of the uk"?? i though they are playing in ireland as well?

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alasdair November 13, 2008 10:12 am

wayne barns certainly caught up his last quarter final.

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Anonymous November 13, 2008 12:28 pm

Mediazone = cunts

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alex November 13, 2008 1:20 pm

same old samle old for me im affraid! it always ends up the same way......scotland tryed hard but still lost.and i have to say im getting sick of scotland always being good and coming up short in the end!! i know it was against new zealand and there were some improvements but in the end it just turned into a very familiar picture. Hadden needs to go!!!!

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Tanqueray November 13, 2008 1:58 pm

Alex, I agree entirely. He needs to go.Who would you like to see replace him? Everyone keeps talking about Robinson, but he's not keen... Lineen isn't ready for that yet (mind you Hadden wasn't either!), Chalmers is still cutting his teeth at Melrose and with the U20s though will probably be good in the future. I think that's part of the problem, there aren't many alternatives.

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dr November 13, 2008 5:07 pm

i agree with most of the comments, Scotland played pretty well and would have prob scored if we had faster back and better support play in general. Thom Evans is very fast but he was being very well marked and his support play wasn't what it should be.The biggest difference I think wa at the breakdown, NZ were much fast and more aggressive. They also seems to get more than their fair share of "lucky" bounces. Hope I dont seem bitter, It was prob just down to better chasing and support by NZ.

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