Tough for Laidlaw to go so close

Date published: November 15 2014

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Scotland captain and scrum-half Greig Laidlaw was left wondering what might have been after defeat to New Zealand at Murrayfield.

Scotland captain and scrum-half Greig Laidlaw was left wondering what might have been after defeat to New Zealand at Murrayfield.

The hosts stayed within a few points of the All Blacks for much of the contest on Saturday, even leading following Tommy Seymour’s intercept try.

New Zealand’s several changes showed in their lack of cohesion as Scotland scrapped it out with the visitors, but a missed kick from Laidlaw to give Scotland the lead at 16-17 preceded Jeremy Thrush’s winning try.

The Gloucester number nine was proud of his team’s effort, but also admitted the result stung.

“It’s tough to take when you come so close to a good team, but all credit to the All Blacks, they play for 80 minutes every time they take the field and they got a late try to take the game away from us,” Laidlaw told the BBC.

“But the boys stuck to it today. I thought we played some fantastic rugby at times, but all said and done we’re clearly disappointed.”

“We’ve got to look at the positives and take them away from this game.

“We had a good win over Argentina last week and we put up a solid performance tonight, we just came up short.

“Hopefully the fans are proud of is, the boys gave 100 percent, put their bodies on the line, and as I said we’re just disappointed we came up a little bit short.”

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