All Blacks swamp Scotland

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Scotland was true to its claim that it intended to move the ball, but it had none of the penetration or enterprise of the All Blacks who were quick to seize their chances, even from deep within their own territory.

The match was notable for the outstanding incisiveness provided by the off-loading ability of second five-eighths and man of the match Sonny Bill Williams, the power and pace of wing Hosea Gear, the speed and support play of fullback Mils Muliaina, and the respective contributions of wing Isaia Toeava, debut hooker Hikawera Elliot and flanker Liam Messam.

Scotland tested the All Blacks on occasions with long periods of continuity play but the plucky Scots could find no way through rock-solid defence in which the entire team formed a black wall. The more the Scots tried, the greater their exposure to error and that was what cost them in the end.

Scotland's first five-eighths Dan Parks opened the scoring with a fourth minute penalty goal.

However, from a scrum on the Scots' 22m No.8 Kieran Read detached and fed halfback Jimmy Cowan, who linked with Williams. Williams then charged towards the goal-line before flipping an off-load to Gear who scored.

Three minutes later a mid-field turnover created by solid tackling from Williams and centre Conrad Smith created a turnover which saw Muliaina feed right wing Isaia Toeava and his in-pass found first five-eighths Dan Carter who ran 25m to score.

In the 18th minute, swift ball from a ruck was fed by Muliaina from the base to Messam doubling around onto the blindside at speed where he linked infield to Carter who was ankle-tapped but still got a pass to Muliaina who scored.

Smith unleashed some clever footwork to thread his way through the Scottish defence and create chances which saw Toeava take the ball ahead and it was Gear who was able to turn on the after-burners to get through for his second try.

Eight minutes into the second half more Williams magic followed a classy piece of tidying up work by Gear with a superb backhand flick to Muliaina who raced down the sideline to score his second try.

New Zealand cleared its reserves bench soon after and it wasn't until the 66th minute that it was able to score again, after a turnover and some quick work by Messam who took the ball right into the Scottish 22m area. The ball was moved quickly through the backs and it was Smith who crossed for replacement five-eighths Stephen Donald to add the conversion.

It was Donald who provided the impetus for the side's last try, three minutes from the end, when he burst through the defence and fed replacement halfback Andy Ellis in under the posts.


Scotland 3 (Dan Parks pen) New Zealand 49 (Hosea Gear 2, Mils Muliaina 2, Dan Carter, Conrad Smith, Andy Ellis tries; Carter 5 con; Stephen Donald 2 con). HT: 3-28