ABs edge out Scotland in thriller

Scotland players react at full time during the International test match between Scotland and New Zealand at Murrayfield Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Scotland players react at full time during the International test match between Scotland and New Zealand at Murrayfield Stadium Photo: Getty Images

World champions New Zealand held off a game challenge to keep intact their 112-year unbeaten record against Scotland with a hard-fought 22-17 win at Murrayfield on Saturday.

The All Blacks outscored their hosts three tries to two but were given a tough test by a side who are still to beat them in 33 meetings.

Codie Taylor, Damian McKenzie and Beauden Barrett scored tries for New Zealand after the sides were deadlocked at 3-3 at halftime, while Jonny Gray stretched over for Scotland’s first try and Huw Jones added a second three minuets from time.

Handling errors cost Scotland a real chance of a historic win but they kept the All Blacks pinned back for good parts of the game, starting with a quick tempo and keeping up the pressure right to the end when the visitors had two players in the sin-bin.

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