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Laidlaw proud as Scots scare All Blacks.

SCOTLAND 16 NEW ZEALAND 24 CAPTAIN Greig Laidlaw was left disappointed after Scotland missed the chance to record a shock victory over New Zealand, but felt there was plenty for his side to be proud of nevertheless.

Laidlaw had the opportunity to put Scotland ahead with less than 10 minutes to go at Murrayfield but missed a gettable penalty, and the All Blacks made the most of that let-off by claiming a converted try through Jeremy Thrush that earned them victory.

Victor Vito gave the All Blacks an early lead as he powered home with the opening try 12 minutes in before Tommy Seymour's intercept score gave the delighted hosts an immediate response.

Kickers Dan Carter and Grieg Laidlaw kept the score close with three penalties apiece but a successful effort from the boot of Colin Slade nudged New Zealand in front.

Jeremy Thrush's late score finally put daylight between the sides as New Zealand claimed their 28th win from 30 Tests against the Dark Blues.

Laidlaw said: "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.

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

He added: "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, we just came up short.

"Hopefully the fans are proud of is, the boys gave 100 per cent, put their bodies on the line, and as I said we're just disappointed we came up a little bit short."

All Blacks lock Thrush, who as well as notching the decisive try, was named man of the match for his performance, said his side knew Scotland would be no pushovers.

He said: "It was tough, they're a passionate bunch and we knew they were going to come out real strong and we just held in there, which is good.

"They had a good win last week and we knew they were going to come out and do the same thing. They played some great rugby but we held on." SCOTLAND: Try - Seymour, Penalties - Laidlaw (3), Con - Laidlaw NEW ZEALAND: Tries - Vito, Thrush. Pens - Carter (3), Slade. Cons - Slade.

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Date:Nov 16, 2014
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