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All Blacks too classy for Scots

2012-11-11 18:32

Edinburgh - A New Zealand side mixing experienced heads and fledgling internationals underlined their strength in depth without ever hitting top gear to overrun Scotland 51-22 in their opening European tour match on Sunday.

The world champions, with 10 changes from the team who drew 18-18 with Australia last month to end a winning streak of 16 matches, crossed for six tries at Murrayfield.

As usual throughout the majority of his 93-cap career, it was the unerring boot, vision, dazzling breaks and pinpoint distribution of flyhalf Dan Carter that stood out.

Israel Dagg, Julian Savea, Cory Jane and Andrew Hore went over in the first half. Savea scored the try of the game after the break thanks to Carter's exquisite chip, Ben Smith added a late effort while Carter kicked 21 points.

Scotland, beaten by pace - especially out wide - and great handling but never afraid to mix it up front, did pose problems of their own with wing Tim Visser touching down twice and Geoff Cross scoring another.

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen said he would field all his squad for the games against world number nine Scotland and Italy in Rome next Saturday, before the All Blacks face sterner tests against Wales in Cardiff and then England at Twickenham.

Scotland, bottom in the Six Nations before restoring morale with an unbeaten southern hemisphere tour that brought wins over Australia, Fiji and Samoa in June, have never beaten the All Blacks and have now lost 27 of their 29 encounters stretching back to 1905.

The omens appeared bleak for the Scots, beaten 49-3 on New Zealand's last visit to Murrayfield in 2010, after less than a minute when they were penalised and Carter kicked the opening points.

Carter missed another shot at goal before Scotland, against the run of play, stunned the world champions with an opening try thanks to Matt Scott's interception.

Scott could not finish himself but had Visser on his shoulder and the Dutch-born wing touched down.

The Scots' elation lasted barely five minutes as Carter twice broke through a flimsy defence for fullback Dagg to glide over.

New Zealand had gone tryless against Australia, the first time since 2005, a run of 105 fixtures, and were in the mood for more.

Greig Laidlaw and Carter traded penalties before the All Blacks went over again from a sweeping move that exposed Scotland on both flanks.

From their own half, Victor Vito was allowed to scamper down the right touchline and, when the marauding number eight was finally halted, the ball was worked across the pitch for left wing Savea to dive over.

Savea's fellow wing Jane then got in on the act, again clinically finishing off in the corner following superb handling and hooker Andrew Hore added another.

The Scots rallied in the closing seconds of a fast and furious opening half, prop Geoff Cross bulldozing over from the base of a ruck to trail 34-17 at the break.

New Zealand lost flank Adam Thomson to the sin-bin for mis-use of his feet early in the second half but despite good position, a lineout mistake from the Scots relieved the pressure.

But not to be outdone, the All Blacks then erred when Tamati Ellison opted to run from deep in his half and the Scots pounced on the inexperienced centre, the ball breaking loose for Visser to gallop over.

Hansen's side needed to show their defensive qualities as the hosts enjoyed a strong 15-minute spell but any lingering hopes of a comeback were ended when Carter had the vision to chip over the top for Savea to collect at pace, step inside and burst clear.

Smith's late try and Carter's conversion brought up the half-century of points.

Reuters

Comments
  • cape.maori - 2012-11-11 18:35

    Well done to the mighty ALL BLACKS!!! I'm excited by the level of depth in the set-up. The midfield combination of Ellison and Smith needs some working but will come with time. The Scots backline was off side the whole afternoon – that is not rush defence! Think that Thompson must take up the European club contract – good servant of the game. The Scots never gave up – well done to them! Kerr-Barlow had a nervous start, but will come better. The AB's made some poor decisions under pressure. Hansen spot on with blending the experience with the youngsters – would have love to see more of Cane! If I'm not mistaken, the bokkies lost to the Scots two years ago. The Scots will take the positives from this game after the bokkies woeful performance against an injury depleted Irish team. The Scots pack was powerful and will not be bullied. Crocket had a good game and not that penalty prone anymore – keep that up! DC remains the general in first five play in the world ever! Hail King Richie, the greatest rugby player ever to grace planet Earth!

      omge.klits - 2012-11-11 18:56

      Turncoat

      james.lance.969 - 2012-11-11 19:12

      The News24 Sport troll... just ignore this guy. He only posts to get attention... Ignore him. The poor child either doesn't get enough attention at school or he is over 18 and he has no girlfriend. He is just trying to get a reaction from you. Ignore him, and hopefully News24 can ban this childish idiot. Don't reply to this idiot...

      ckrohne1 - 2012-11-11 20:01

      Traitor---why again do you support your country's arch rivals....

      marnusmnorval - 2012-11-11 20:23

      Ckrohne this isn't even your country.. Get lost.

      robert.j.allam - 2012-11-12 03:59

      Well said Cape enjoyed the game thought the All Blacks were brilliant for 40 minutes so many attacking options.Scotland got two trys gifted to them which wouldnt normally happen. Considering it was an All Black b side they played pretty cohesively. Alot more than can be said for the Stodgy performance of the boks versus the Irish. I expect the boks to get beaten on this tour. I can see France eyeing up their number 3 posistion ,and believe they will get there. There is another planet between Dan Carter and the next best first five in the world he is simply sublime, poetry in motion. What was interesting was the All Blacks packed the stadium in Scotland 67000 people. Compared with 37000 people who went to watch the Boks play Scotland last time. This really is a credit for the All Blacks and the brand of rugby they play compared to the Boks who at the best are playing very dull boring rugby, and the Pulling power of the mighty All Black Brand.

      shakes.tshabala - 2012-11-12 10:53

      Hey Chrohne1, do you know who is a Traitor?, its your brother and sister who left SA who is living in Oz and NZ now and screaming for the Boks, you IDIOT.

  • cape.maori - 2012-11-11 18:37

    Well done to the mighty ALL BLACKS!!! I'm excited by the level of depth in the set-up. The midfield combination of Ellison and Smith needs some working but will come better with more game time. The Scots backline was off side the whole afternoon – that is not rush defence! Think that Thompson must take up the European club contract – good servant of the game. The Scots never gave up – well done to them! Kerr-Barlow had a nervous start, but will come better. The AB's made some poor decisions under pressure. Hansen spot on with blending the experience with the youngsters – would have love to see more of Cane! If I'm not mistaken, the bokkies lost to the Scots two years ago. The Scots will take the positives from this game after the bokkies woeful performance against an injury depleted Irish team. The Scots pack was powerful and will not be bullied. Crocket had a good game and not that penalty prone anymore – keep that up! DC remains the general in first five play in the world ever! Hail King Richie, the greatest rugby player ever to grace planet Earth!

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-11 18:45

      Cape, 100% correct! Well done lads :)

      Carlton - 2012-11-11 19:20

      Ahh Fake Maori always has to insult the Springboks to make himself and the AIG 15 feel good. Come bok fans please lets chip in some money so he can emigrate to New Zealand.

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-11-11 19:50

      @Carlton, Fake is an embarrassment to the real AB supporters. NZ will now allow him entry to their country. Real AB supporters have respect for the Bokke - same way we respect the AB's.

      ckrohne1 - 2012-11-11 20:03

      @Carlton; count me in. I'll help him pack....

      marnusmnorval - 2012-11-11 20:25

      @Rene Ive never seen a bok support that has any respect for the mighty ABs.. And if they say they do its just for show

      eblom1 - 2012-11-12 07:02

      here we go again.tik kop looking for friends.just ignore this clown everyone.

      razz.tazz.9 - 2012-11-12 10:45

      @Capey...These Idiots do not posses the knowledge of the game to agree or disagree with you. Instead they are personal and insulting. They only watch the end score and in order to have a beer. That is beer mentality they not sobor when posting their comments. They are the Skolie Boere on this blog - Chrohne1, James. Lance, Omge.klits, Carlton, eblom1 and some others. Thank you Rene and Robert.J you are true sportmen. ABs fan Forever!!!!

  • ej.smith.589 - 2012-11-11 18:45

    wow Scotland has scored more tries than what the boks, wallabies and pumas could muster in the rugby championships. Impressive. A bit scrappy by the ABs but still too good for the Scots. However the Scots did play some good attacking rugby.

      storm.trooper.125 - 2012-11-11 18:52

      WER U ON TIK OR KLIPPIES WHEN U WATCH THE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP?

      niel.walt - 2012-11-11 19:14

      What other team scored 3 tries?

  • Sige Gorabeb - 2012-11-11 18:48

    Currently there is no team that plays at the level of the AB. Their play must be the yardstick for amongst others, the Springboks. A wobbly win against weak opposition like the Irish must only remind the Boks how much they still need to work. Kom manne sit die skouer aan die wiel!

  • Carlton - 2012-11-11 19:22

    New Zealand has to have one of the weakest defences in all of Championship Rugby only if the Boks could score tries then you'll see the best team in world ever. Scotland just proved it today.

      ej.smith.589 - 2012-11-11 19:53

      so based on that Scotland are better than the Boks?

      Rich.Dolgun - 2012-11-11 19:56

      What Scotland proved today is that they're more than capable of beating the Boks who have a very poor record this season - they've only won half of their games. Lets wait and see how next weekend goes - the Scots are capable of scoring tries and they've beaten the Boks on 5 occasions before but have never beaten the men in black. I sense that the Boks standards have dropped. Go Scotland!

      niel.walt - 2012-11-11 20:03

      Waar bly jy? Jy bly stil

      Carlton - 2012-11-11 20:31

      Scotland will not win against the Boks thats a fact, nor will they score 3 tries why because we slow down the game more then anything else and our defence seems to be getting better but as you know u cant completely rely on defence to win a game, our attack is weak we all know that. Go Bokke

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-11-11 20:38

      @Carlton - quote[New Zealand has to have one of the weakest defences in all of Championship Rugby ] LOL...and you deduce this by what exactly mate? The All Blacks 18 unbeaten match record for the past 12 months to date? perhaps you meant the team (boks) that came 3rd in the rugby championship (out of 4 teams) and are hoping to be ranked No 2 in the world only because the No 2 (oz) got beaten by another team (france) and may lose their No 2 position.That seems to be they only way the boks make any progress on irb rankings these days aye...lol dream on bro...lol

      Rich.Dolgun - 2012-11-11 20:48

      A fact you say, no it's far from a fact. Judging by yesterdays average performance I wouldn't be so sure. Rugby can be a very marginal game at times - maybe you're just arrogant which wouldn't surprise me.

      Caleb - 2012-11-11 21:24

      Rugby Championship 2012: NZ - points for: 177; against: 66 SA - points for: 120; against: 109 Oz - points for: 101; against: 137 Arg - ponts for: 80; against 166 Need is say more, just shows again how ill informed people are before they make comments.

      Rich.Dolgun - 2012-11-11 21:38

      Well you can't argue with that.

      Carlton - 2012-11-11 22:06

      All I am saying is it is easier to score against the All Blacks then it is against the Springboks. Australia plays the same brand of rugby as the All Blacks and as we have seen in the past rugby championships/tri nation they can hold their own, when all their stars are there. If the Springboks had a flawless attack we would be the best team in the world for many years to come. This is the typical SAn rugby player(from the national team, to super rugby to Currie cup) hogs the ball, glory hunting cant pass cant catch please correct me if I am wrong,

      Carlton - 2012-11-11 22:15

      At NZbro what part of all blacks are an attacking team dont you understand, NZ outscores all other teams thats all, if a team like south Africa could score tries regularly then the All blacks shouldn't be a problem at all. Scotland scored 3 tries and could of score more if they were more patient.

      Rich.Dolgun - 2012-11-11 22:16

      Well if it's easier to score against the AB's then why did they only concede 66 points during TRC? - The Boks conceded 109 points. I'm sorry but you're talking a load of c**p.

      Rich.Dolgun - 2012-11-11 22:25

      Didnt' the ABs beat Ireland 60-0 in June and the Wallabies 22-0 during TRC? How many sides have The Boks held scoreless lately?

      Carlton - 2012-11-11 23:16

      rich the magic word here is TRIES, TRIES why are u avoiding that part SA fist game in the rugby champs they did not concede a TRIE

      Rich.Dolgun - 2012-11-11 23:46

      Carlton, go away and do some research. Get some facts regarding who has conceded the most tries this year and then maybe someone will listen to you. From where I'm sitting you're talking a load. How many tries did the Wallabies and Ireland score against the ABs when they were held to zero? zero!

      Rich.Dolgun - 2012-11-11 23:56

      Let me do that for you - The Boks conceded 10 tries and the ABs six (during TRC) So wheres your argument?

      gsaker1 - 2012-11-12 01:40

      The Scottish commentators themselves said the intercept was a mile offside and the All Blacks have the best defensive record of any of the Southern hemisphere teams so what are you on about mate...They played their bench in this game and still looked brilliant...and as For Carter and McCaw...The two best players in the world....without a doubt

      Caleb - 2012-11-12 02:41

      The ignorance is baffling, but typical. Shooting mouths off without knowing any facts is part and parcel of this website.

  • vark.nek.90 - 2012-11-11 19:32

    The Black Alls used the oldest trick in the book. The offered to pay for the drinks after the game.

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-11-11 20:44

      vark.nek.90 you should suggest that to the boks so they dont have to knee the No 10 Irish player in the ribs or any other significant player that leads the team on the scoreboard against the boks. Its a guarantee, whenever the boks are trailing on the scoreboard, foul play enters their mindset as a means to a win.....(losers)

  • glen.keesing - 2012-11-11 20:05

    A fantastic result for the AB's B team. Great to see Scotland bring a "play to win" attitude into the game instead of the mentally defeated "play not to loose" (by too much) attitude that The Boks and Australia have employed. Due to this the Scots scored more try's against the Ab's today than both Aussie and SA scored collectively in there entire 5 games.Scotland I wouldn't be upset with the scoreline, you are the only team to take 20 points of the AB,s this season , celebrate this,and if you play will this spirit against The Boks you WILL WIN!!

      Sige Gorabeb - 2012-11-11 22:10

      Now that's hitting the nail on the head!

      Caleb - 2012-11-12 02:49

      Well said, The Scots did play well, and 95% of the time, thats is how you play the AB's. The big differences between the AB's and everyone else is fitness and handling skills. I think the Scottish forward pack also did very well and muscled up, which was great to see. The Cardboard Boks will need more than their very good forward pack to beat them. Look out, the Scots will be up for it and take heart from the Irish match.

  • duncan.biyela - 2012-11-12 08:03

    Well done ABs! a bit scrappy at times, but that is expected with the amount of changes in the side and a long rugby season! Always lovely to watch good attacking rugby. The depth in the squad is great and a bright future ahead. On another note, I hope Lambie gets a shot against Scotland and the Boks win convincingly so that the Southern Hemisphere can continue its rugby dominance! #No1Rugbyfan

  • my10cent - 2012-11-12 08:12

    I thought that this article was about the AB's and the Scotts.What the hell are the ill-informed, arogant and mostly stupid Springbok supporters doing here? Oh, that's right, they are here to troll!!!

  • lance.salter.1042 - 2012-11-12 09:19

    Good teams put bad teams away and this was evident in this rugby match. The Scots came with great passion but at the end of the passion is not enough. The moment Carter started putting his foot down, kicked penalties to touch and they played with a bit more time on the ball the score started to look more what we all expected. One of the reasons why the AB can put teams away like that is because their game plan allows it. If you give you backs the oppurtunities to run as many times as they do into gaps, of loading in passes etc tries are inevitable. However, with a game plan as the one the boks play with every contest is bound to be a close one because you're trying to score tries with your fowards which takes more time and can almost only be done from no more than 20 metres out. I'm a huge bok supporter but for years now our top players get chosen for the boks to play differently than they do for their franchises thus making the reason they get selected for the Boks redundant. The forwards have no faith in the backs when it comes to International level and the backs are quite happy with the forwards doing the business as well as scoring most of the tries. Our rugby is going backwards and with the talent, youth and just sheer quantity of good players we have in this country, is very sad indeed. The Boks won't lose to Scotland but the score will be much closer because the guys are told what to do when to do it according to a kicking orientated coach. SA 24- Scot 16

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