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allblacks.com     09 Jun 2019     Getty Images

After dispatching Georgia 45-13 in the opening round just four days ago, New Zealand picked up where they left off by running out to an early 26-0 lead against the team that finished last in the Six Nations Under 20 tournament earlier this year.

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Scotland had made 12 changes from the team that came up short 19-43 to South Africa in the opening round and it took them 25 minutes to click into gear while New Zealand piled on the points.

In a brilliant period for Scotland, they crossed for three unanswered tries to close the gap to 26-19 early in the second half and ask plenty of questions of the New Zealand defence.

New Zealand had also made mass changes for the game with former New Zealand Under 19 cricket captain taking over the captaincy reins from Kianu Kereru Symes to complete a remarkable youth double for the Taranaki product.

A momentum swing was needed for New Zealand and they got it when exciting wing Lalomilo Lalomilo crossed for his second try following a relentless build up.
But the Scottish storm was not weathered as they scored two more tries – one an outstanding forward effort and the other a pin point cross kick for wing Jack Blain – to keep the pressure on New Zealand.

New Zealand had the last say through hard-working lock Taine Plumtree to take the thrilling 52-33 victory.

There are plenty of positives for New Zealand to take out of the eight tries to five victory, but they will no doubt be working hard to improve their defensive structures and tidy their set piece before the final pool clash against South Africa.
New Zealand captain Kaylum Boshier paid tribute to Scotland’s tenacity and said there is still plenty of improvement left in his side.

“We said before the game they (Scotland) would keep coming and throw everything at us and they came back at us every time we scored. We were happy with the way we adapted but there is still plenty to improve upon.”


New Zealand’s final pool game against South Africa will decide who tops the Pool C after the Junior Springboks beat Georgia earlier today to go with their opening round victory over Scotland. That match kicks off at 6.30am on Thursday 13 June and will be broadcast live on Spark Sport.

Scorers:
New Zealand
52 (Lalomilo Lalomilo 2, Kaliopase Uluilakepa, Scott Gregory, Quin Tupaea, Tamaiti Williams, Ollie Norris, Taine Plumtree tries, Fergus Burke 6 con) Scotland 33 (Smith 2, McCallum, Blain, Ashman tries, Chamberlin 2 con, Thompson 2 con)
HT: 26-12