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2020 Autumn International Scotland v New Zealand
It’s 3 years since the All Blacks narrowly beat Scotland 22-17 at Murrayfield. The Scots came agonisingly close to winning, a feat not often seen in the Northern Hemisphere, and never in the history of the two teams.
Could this finally be the time? Scotland are still awaiting that elusive first win over New Zealand.
It’s 3 years since Scotland v New Zealand was played at Murrayfield. The Scots came agonisingly close to winning, with sensational tries from Jonny Gray and Huw Jones. In the last minute Stuart Hogg was denied by a superb cover tackle from Beauden Barrett when heading for the line. The five-point defeat is the closest Scotland have come to beating New Zealand since the sides drew 25-25 at Murrayfield in 1983. This was always going to be a momentous occasion but the emotion was ratcheted up further when former Scotland lock Doddie Weir and his three sons brought out the match ball before kick-off, Murrayfield rising as one to greet the former Lion, who has motor neurone disease.
The All Blacks bade farewell to their coach Steve Hansen after the 2019 Rugby World Cup, after an illustrious career spanning 15 years as with the All Blacks, 7 of these as Head Coach. New Zealand topped their pool in the Rugby World Cup, but were convincingly beaten by England who played the game of their life in the RWC Semi Finals to beat the defending champions 19-7, and end their hopes of a world title hat-trick. The All Blacks went on to beat Wales 40-17 to comfortably win the bronze medal.
Scotland failed to reach the knock-out stages of the Rugby World Cup despite big wins over Samoa and Russia. They were convincingly beaten by Ireland 27-3 before facing Japan in their final ‘do or die’ pool match where the home country ran out deserved winners with a 28-21 performance. The lead up to this match was dogged with controversy as the SRU hinted at legal action against World Rugby for threatening to cancel because of the approaching Typhoon Hagibis.
Scotland v New Zealand will be a high tempo affair, and with the bagpipes and haka in historic Edinburgh to look forward to why not make a weekend of it with Engage.
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