All Blacks survive Scotland scare

Date published: November 16 2014

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Jeremy Thrush’s late try finally killed off a brave Scottish challenge as New Zealand scrapped to a 24-16 win at Murrayfield.

Jeremy Thrush’s late try finally killed off a valiant Scottish challenge as New Zealand scrapped to a 24-16 win at Murrayfield.

The Scots performed exceptionally, acquitting themselves with more grit and more aptitude than in any recent encounters with the World Champions, keeping pace with a much-changed, but nonetheless exemplary All Blacks unit until the 74th minute, and recording their narrowest defeat in this fixture for 23 years.

Second-row Thrush barrelled over to quash the hopes of those among a 66,000-strong home crowd who, with time ticking and Scotland trailing by a point, began to believe the impossible – a first-ever victory over New Zealand – might be imminent.

Though it is rather a benign clich

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