Spring Tour: Scotland the Brave Fall Short Against Sloppy All Blacks

  by Paul Cook - The All Blacks have been given an almighty scare by a gallant Scotland side, coming home 24-16 in a tight one at Murrayfield in a game marked by uncharacteristic New Zealand errors. Scotland have never beaten the reigning world champions, two draws in 1964 and 1983 the closest they have come to victory but they have rarely been better placed in recent history to pull off an upset than they were on Saturday night in Edinburgh. Down 14-10 at the break against a Kiwi side admittedly shorn of front line players such as Kieran Read, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock and Smiths - Conrad and Aaron, the Scots were well in the contest for the full 80 minutes, going on to produce their best effort against New Zealand since a 13-6 loss in the 1991 World Cup 3rd place play-off. The average deficit in the 13 games since that d
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