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Internationals | Edinburgh
17:15 (GMT) | 18-11-2017
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FULL TIME
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Hogg gets it at the half way and sprints along the wing and he is stopped at the 5 as it goes into touch. The referee blows to end the game
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The reset kick is deep and Scotland must build from their 22 now
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Russell adds the extras
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Penalty to the hosts as New Zealand waste time in the throw. Scotland building from their 10. A little chip forward and Seymour offloads to Jones who dashes over the line and pulls one back. TRY
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Penalty to the Kiwis at their 10 after the ball is run forward. Barrett puts it in touch at the opposite 10
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Squire gets it after the scrum and breaks to the 10 of the home team. He looks to give the pass but every option is covered and the Scots win a penalty as he is brought down
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The hosts give away a penalty and the All Blacks relieve some of the pressure. They kick into touch at their 22. Another penalty before the line-out is taken and the away team opt for a scrum outside their 22
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The referee halts play for a scrum to the hosts in front of the sticks.
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Scrum at the 5 of the away team for Scotland. They send it out wide and Jones looking to carry it over but he is stopped inside the 5
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Penalty to Scotland after Crockett over extends in the ruck.Yellow card to the substitute
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Scotland have it at the 5 of the away team now after the reset. Penalty to hosts between the sticks and they take it quickly
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Barrett secures the extras
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The ball moved out back and Williams gives his signature pass in the offload to Barrett who sprints into space with the ball tucked away under his arm as he slides over the line to score the TRY
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Scrum reset
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Scrum at the 10 of the hosts to the All Blacks
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The reset kick is on the 22 and the Scots have it now. Running it forward to their 10 but knock-on
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Russell secures the extras
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They tap and move it up field throwing bodies at the line and Gray is the man to power over the line to score their first TRY
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Penalty to the Scots and Russell takes it quickly trying to sneak over the line. Penalty again and Cane is awarded a yellow card for his defensive efforts
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Line-out to the Scots at the 5 of the Kiwis and they make some ground with the maul. They move it to the center of the sticks inside the 5
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The ball goes into touch at the 22 of the away team. The referee says line-out to the hosts
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Scotland kick forward after a desperate turnover in their half
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The Scots have it at their 10 now and boot it forward. McKenzie running straight into traffic. The ball sent back and cleared. Hogg is the man who pulls it out of the sky
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They take the ball out the back and clear the ball from the 22. The ball tackled into touch for an All Black line-out
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Penalty to the away team after the reset kick
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Barrett adds 2 more
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The ball sent to Williams at the center of the 5 and McKenzie is there to pick up the ball along the ground and put it down for a TRY
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Penalty to the away team in the scrum. The ball is kicked into touch at the hosts 5. Throw taken and they move forward with the maul
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Penalty after the line-out. Scrum to the hosts at their 10
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Penalty to the away team. The ball is kicked into touch at the 10 of the hosts
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The reset kick is short and Scotland pounce on it. They work their way forward from inside the 10
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Barrett sends the conversion kick wide
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Ioane breaks along the wing and carries it into the 22 of the hosts for his team. The ball spilled but it goes backwards. Taylor gets it out wide and goes over the line to score the first TRY
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Scotland have a scrum around the 22 of the away team and break to the 5. Bodies piled on the try line and the referee says penalty to the away team; player not rolling away in the ruck
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The second half is underway
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The second half is underway

Half Time

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The visitors manage to defend and play it to their 10. The All Blacks win a penalty and kick into touch. New Zealand push to the 5 of the hosts. Penalty to the home team and the referee says HALF TIME
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Fifita picks up the ball after the reset and runs it to the half way. The Kiwis are pushed back and pass it into touch. Line-out for the hosts outside the away team 22
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He takes his kick and levels the score
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New Zealand bring it down and rush to the opposition half. They win a penalty and Barrett lines it up for a kick at goal
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Scotland come away with the scrum and manage to clear into the visitors' half
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Penalty and another scrum to the away team
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The Scots knock it forward at their 5 accidentally and the All Blacks have a 5 meter scrum
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The ball cleared after the throw. Both teams kicking back and forth now
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Penalty awarded to the All Blacks and the ball is kicked into touch at their 10
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Scotland at the 5 now. They give away a penalty and the Kiwis have a scrum at their 5
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Scotland make it inside the danger zone by throwing bodies at the defensive wall now in their 15th phase
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Scotland trying to find a crack in the wall of New Zealand players but the Kiwis not showing any as they hold at their 22
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Scrum taken and the Scots clear. Naholo collides with Hogg in the air and the referee looks to the TMO for a decision. Contact deemed unavoidable and only a penalty to the hosts. The ball is kicked into touch outside the away team 22
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The referee blows for a forward pass by Barrett and the Scots have a 5 meter scrum
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The Kiwis inside the 5 now and the Scots with some desperate defending
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They take their throw and maneuver the ball around under advantage. The ball is lost at the wing and the referee calls play back for a penalty to the All Blacks. Barrett kicks into touch at the 5
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Line-out for the visitors inside their 22 and they clear. The ball is fumbled into touch by the hosts and the Kiwis have a 22 meter throw inside the home team half
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The ball being played along the wing by the visitors now. They lose out and Scotland build from their 10
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The pressure mounting on New Zealand after the 5 meter throw. They manage to hold and win a penalty at the last. The ball is kicked into touch at their 10
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Another penalty in the maul after the throw. The Scots kick into touch at the 5
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The away team are pushed back after the scrum and gift Scotland a penalty. The ball is kicked into touch around the mid field
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Scrum to the visitors
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The ball lost forward in contact at the home team 22
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The All Blacks have a throw inside the home team half. They take it and send it to Barrett who makes a few meters before being brought down. The ball is sent out wide as they enter the home team 22
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Finn Russell eyes the post and takes his kick from over 45 meters but is just wide
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Scotland win another penalty, putting New Zealand under increased pressure
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The ball lobbed forward for a runner but it goes into touch for an away team line-out at their 10
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Line-out taken and the home team moving it about the 22 of the Kiwis now
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They take their scrum and kick forward for Ioane but it's picked up and kicked into touch at the away team 22
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Russell with an interception at the 10 of the visitors catching everyone off guard, but he knocks it forward. Scrum to the away team at their 10
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The reset kick is taken down by the hosts and they look to play it out of danger
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Russell takes his kick and opens the scoring with 3 points
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The hosts relentless in the early minutes as they fight to move inside the away team 5. They are driven back and win a penalty at the 22
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Scotland again on the attack after the throw. Now in possession at the 22 of the visitors
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The Kiwis clear into touch. The ball around the mid field now. Scotland win it after the line-out at the half way. They kick forward and the ball goes into touch. New Zealand clear after their line-out around their 22
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Scrum reset
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Penalty to the hosts early after the kickoff and they kick into touch outside the NZ 22. Line-out taken and the Scots maul to the 22 but lose it forward. Scrum to the visitors
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The referee sounds his whistle and we're off
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The Kiwis setting up for the Haka
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New Zealand have won the last 9 encounters between these two sides
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Damian McKenzie is making the number 15 jersey his own since Ben Smith's sabbatical while Rieko Ioane has been the talk of the town since his debut not too long ago. Expect Kieran Read to fly under the radar but still have a massive influence on his team
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Stuart Hogg has been a consistent performer for his country while there seems to be no stopping the rise of centre Huw Jones. Stuart McInally provided a solid anchor at scrum time last week and much is expected of him again
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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has afforded Scotland the respect of selecting a full-strength side, the only change to the starting XV that beat France being the introduction of Codie Taylor for the injured Dane Coles at hooker
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Welcome to Edinburgh, where Scotland will host New Zealand
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Darryl Marfo
  • 2 Stuart McInally
  • 3 Zander Fagerson
  • 4 Ben Toolis
  • 5 Jonny Gray
  • 6 John Barclay
  • 7 Hamish Watson
  • 8 Cornell du Preez
  • 9 Ali Price
  • 10 Finn Russell
  • 11 Lee Jones
  • 12 Alex Dunbar
  • 13 Huw Jones
  • 14 Tommy Seymour
  • 15 Stuart Hogg
RESERVES
  • 16 George Turner
  • 17 Jamie Bhatti
  • 18 Simon Berghan
  • 19 Grant Gilchrist
  • 20 Luke Hamilton
  • 21 Henry Pyrgos
  • 22 Peter Horne
  • 23 Byron McGuigan
START LINE UP
  • 1 Kane Hames
  • 2 Codie Taylor
  • 3 Nepo Laulala
  • 4 Patrick Tuipulotu
  • 5 Sam Whitelock
  • 6 Liam Squire
  • 7 Sam Cane
  • 8 Luke Whitelock
  • 9 Aaron Smith
  • 10 Beauden Barrett
  • 11 Reiko Loane
  • 12 Sonny Bill Williams
  • 13 Ryan Crotty
  • 14 Waisake Naholo
  • 15 Damian McKenzie
RESERVES
  • 16 Nathan Harris
  • 17 Wyatt Crockett
  • 18 Ofa Tuungafasi
  • 19 Scott Barrett
  • 20 Matt Todd
  • 21 TJ Perenara
  • 22 Lima Sopoaga
  • 23 Anton Lienert-Brown.
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Preview: Scotland v New Zealand

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:09

NOVEMBER INTERNATIONAL SEASON: Sonny Bill Williams confesses to being unaware that the All Blacks have never lost to Scotland but insists the back-to-back world champions are "on edge" as they prepare for a Test that falls on the 112th anniversary of the first match between the countries.

Since the 'Original' All Blacks beat Scotland 12-7 on a skating rink of a pitch at Inverleith in Edinburgh on November 18, 1905, New Zealand have maintained an historic aura of invincibility against the Scots.

They've won 28 out of 30 Tests between the sides with two Murrayfield draws (0-0 in 1964 and 25-25 in 1983) the closest Scotland have come to victory.

"I wasn't aware of that," said Williams, retained at inside centre for Saturday's match at Murrayfield despite the mental aberration he suffered, together with a yellow card, when batting the ball out of play in the second half of the world champions' 38-18 win against France in Paris last weekend.

"Obviously it is motivation," the Blues player added, when asked about avoiding becoming a member of the first New Zealand side to fall to the Scots.

"But as All Blacks we always put pressure on ourselves to not just win but play well."

Last Saturday, Scotland leaked five tries in a 44-38 victory against a Samoa side the All Blacks thrashed 78-0 five months ago but Williams pointed to Scotland's 24-19 win against Australia in Sydney in June, in Gregor Townsend's second match as coach, as a warning sign.

"It's really put us on the edge of our seats in our preparation, knowing that they can knock off the big boys," said Williams, whose mother is of Scottish descent.

"They've got some dangerous players and the flavour of the rugby they're playing at the moment is great to see. Coming up against that has put us on edge."

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has afforded Scotland the respect of selecting a full-strength side, the only change to the starting XV that beat France being the introduction of Codie Taylor for the injured Dane Coles at hooker. 

On New Zealand's last visit to Edinburgh, in 2014, Hansen picked a largely experimental team, making 13 changes to the side that had beaten England the week before.

With six minutes left they were just a single point ahead, before a converted try by Jeremy Thrush secured a 24-16 victory.

Townsend suffered six defeats out of six against New Zealand in his playing days - including two 60-point hammerings - and, despite the monumental defensive effort that held out the Wallabies in Sydney in June, the former Scotland flyhalf knows his side need to improve significantly on their sloppy showing against Samoa.

"We will have to be very, very good in all aspects or New Zealand will score points against us," said Townsend, who has promoted prop Zander Fagerson and No.8 Cornell du Preez to replace the injured WP Nel and Ryan Wilson. 

"They're an excellent side. They score points against any defence."

In Paris, a neat grubber kick from Williams gave fellow centre Ryan Crotty the chance to score a try that made the All Blacks the first international side to reach the landmark of 2,000 tries.  

However, the 32-year-old was widely criticised for knocking the ball out of play in the in-goal area to deny France a possible try - a ploy that is allowed in one of his former sports, rugby league.

"It was just an honest mistake," said Williams, who has also dabbled in boxing. "I guess, as humans, we're all allowed to make those now and then. I've certainly been looking up the rule books because of that."

Players to watch:

For Scotland: Stuart Hogg has been a consistent performer for his country while there seems to be no stopping the rise of centre Huw Jones. Stuart McInally provided a solid anchor at scrum time last week and much is expected of him again.

For New Zealand: Close your eyes and pick any number between one and 23. Damian McKenzie is making the number 15 jersey his own since Ben Smith's sabbatical while Rieko Ioane has been the talk of the town since his debut not too long ago. Expect Kieran Read to fly under the radar but still have a massive influence on his team.

Head to head: No.8 Cornell du Preez gets to make his run-on debut and what a task he has as he lines up opposite Kieran Read. Finn Russell has the potential to be a game changer and it will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure of lining up against Beauden Barrett. 

Results this century:

2014: New Zealand won 24-16, Edinburgh
2012: New Zealand won 51-22, Edinburgh
2010: New Zealand won 49-3, Edinburgh
2008: New Zealand won 32-6, Edinburgh
2007: New Zealand won 40-0, Edinburgh (WC pool game)
2005: New Zealand won 29-10, Edinburgh
2001: New Zealand won 37-6, Edinburgh
2000: New Zealand won 48-14, Auckland
2000: New Zealand won 69-20, Dunedin

Prediction: Scotland will certainly put up a brave fight and will be in the contest for some of the first half but will find it hard to keep up with the pace of the best side in the world as the game goes on. New Zealand should claim a comfortable victory by about 24 points.

Teams:

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Lee Jones, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Cornell du Preez, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 John Barclay (captain), 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Darryl Marfo.
Replacements: 16 George Turner, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Grant Gilchrist, 20 Luke Hamilton, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Pete Horne, 23 Byron McGuigan.

New Zealand: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Liam Squire, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Thomas Perenara, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown.

Date: Saturday, November 18
Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Kick-off: 17.15 (17.15 GMT; 06.15, Sunday, November 19 NZ time)
Expected weather: It is going to be a chilly one with a high of just 6°C.
Referee: Matthew Carley (England)
Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France), Ian Davies (Wales)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)

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Scotland push All Blacks all the way

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 16:45

REPORT: It took an injury-time tackle from New Zealand flyhalf Beauden Barrett on Scotland's flying fullback Stuart Hogg to deny a dogged Scotland the chance of an historic victory against the All Blacks on Saturday.

A converted 76th-minute try from centre Huw Jones had put the Scots within five points of the visitors and another converted try would have secured their first ever triumph against the men in black.

As it was, second-half tries from hooker Codie Taylor, fullback Damian McKenzie and Barrett, plus two conversions and a penalty from Barrett proved enough to win 22-17 and preserve the All Blacks' unbeaten record against Scotland, who were level 3-3 at the interval.

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend acknowledged the challenge of beating the back-to-back world champions as "the ultimate test" but urged his players to impose themselves from the start.

They had an excellent chance to lay down an early marker but lost possession from a catch and drive and then prop Darryl Marfo spilled the ball when Hogg launched a potentially threatening attack.

Still, the home side were rewarded for their endeavour when Russell landed his first penalty attempt to give them a 3-0 lead after six minutes. 

They might have doubled the advantage seven minutes later but Russell pushed wide a long-range penalty.

Russell went for a line-out drive rather than the posts with the next Scottish penalty award but, after the forwards had driven to within five metres of the line, centre Jones dropped the ball as it was shipped wide.

It took the All Blacks 20 minutes to get into the Scotland 22. They got perilously close to the home whitewash but lock Sam Whitelock, and then centre Ryan Crotty, were thwarted by the resolute home defence.

New Zealand were fortunate to still have 15 men on the field when Hogg was tackled in the air by the big Highlanders wing Waisake Naholo.

After consulting TMO David Grashoff, however, referee Matthew Carley decided the offence was worthy only of a penalty, as Scotland scrumhalf Ali Price had been in between the two players when the All Black made his move to engage in the tackle.

Barrett stepped up to kick a 38th-minute penalty to tie the half-time scores at 3-3.

Scotland began the second half on front foot with centre Alex Dunbar stopped a metre or two short of the tryline. But after 44 minutes Townsend's team found themselves behind.

The All Blacks conjured a try from nothing, Taylor taking a long, looping pass from Barrett to finish a simple overlap on the left, the Crusaders hooker having launched the attack himself. 

Barrett was off target with the conversion but made amends seven minutes later.

Scotland were getting to grips with a re-shuffle of their forwards at the time after replacement prop George Turner had to shift to the blindside flank when Luke Hamilton – himself a replacement for the injured openside flank Hamish Watson – was forced to depart.

The All Blacks had them backpedalling from a line-out drive and centre Sonny Bill Williams dinked a grubber kick through for McKenzie to score.

Barrett's conversion made it 15-3 but Scotland turned the tide. The All Blacks were reduced to 14 men on the hour mark when persistent infringing close to the line prompted a yellow card for flank Sam Cane.

A minute later Gray scored from a close-range ruck and Russell converted, pulling the score back to 15-10.

But then, after 66 minutes, Williams punched a hole up the middle, slipped the ball out of the back of his hand to McKenzie and the full back fed in Barrett for a try on the right. The flyhalf converted and the world champions had a 22-10 cushion.

Just as Cane returned to the field, replacement prop Wyatt Crockett departed to the sin bin and, once again the Scots fought back.

Four minutes from time Hogg threated a grubber kick through for centre Jones to score, Russell's conversion making it 22-17.

Man of the match: Stuart Hogg was unbelievable during the 80 minutes. He was dangerous with ball in hand and he was just a joy to watch.

Moment of the match: Beauden Barrett's try was magical. 

Villain of the match: Nobody, it was a good game.

The scorers:

For Scotland:
Tries: Gray, Jones
Cons: Russell 2
Pen: Russell

For New Zealand:
Tries: Taylor, McKenzie, Barrett
Cons: Barrett 2
Pen: Barrett

Yellow cards: Sam Cane (New Zealand, 61 - cynical play, slowing the ball); Wyatt Crockett (New Zealand, 71 - cynical play, tackling the player without the ball)

Teams:

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Lee Jones, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Cornell du Preez, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 John Barclay (captain), 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Darryl Marfo.
Replacements: 16 George Turner, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Grant Gilchrist, 20 Luke Hamilton, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Pete Horne, 23 Byron McGuigan.

New Zealand: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Liam Squire, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Thomas Perenara, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown.

Referee: Matthew Carley (England)
Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France), Ian Davies (Wales)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)

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Jonny Gray (61min) and Huw Jones (76min)
TRIES
Codie Taylor (44min), Damian McKenzie (51min), and Beauden Barrett (66min)
Finn Russell (62min) and Finn Russell (77min)
CONVERSIONS
Beauden Barrett (52min) and Beauden Barrett (68min)
Finn Russell (6min)
PENALTIES
Beauden Barrett (38min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Sam Cane (60min) and Wyatt Crockett (70min)
 
 
VENUE Edinburgh
REFEREE Matthew Carley (England)