Published: Mon, May 22, 2017
Business | By Jorge Reeves

Scotland Record First Victory Over New Zealand In 112 Years

Scotland Record First Victory Over New Zealand In 112 Years

It was their first win in at any level against a New Zealand based team and it came in incredible fashion.

"What a year, I'm unbelievably proud of the boys", said the 26-year-old. We've learned from a poor final against South Africa last week (in Paris). "It was a different mindset as holders".

The Canadians then recovered to defeat the USA 22-19 for bronze.

Eden Agero scored and converted his own try before captain Andrew Amonde grounded a converted try for a 14-0 lead.

Richard de Carpentier then went close to adding to England's lead, only for it to be ruled that his foot was in touch and that was as close as either side came to adding to the scoreline before half-time.

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"They took their chances and we couldn't really get our game going in that second half. You couldn't write a script like that".

Kenya booked the date with Fiji after thumping Spain 33-7 in the quarter-finals. This time the opposition was Perry Baker and his US colleagues and an entertaining spectacle was in store. But wonder winger Baker responded as he broke away, side-stepped a defender and went under the posts to leave it 7-7 at half time. They're obviously a very aggressive, strong team, you have to be able to front up but be smart about it at the same time. Scotland seized on the momentum and Glenn Bryce, who was at the forefront of the Scottish attack all weekend, touched down in the corner. Two tries for Norton made the difference, the last coming with extra panache for his home fans.

At 14-14, the game was most certainly on.

U.S. would later turn the tables on South Africa, winning 24-12 as both sides eased through from Pool A to the Cup quarters. They kept playing and clawed their way back into contention.

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In the semi-finals, the hosts eased past Canada 24-5, while Scotland beat United States of America 21-14 thanks to Joe Nayacavou's try with the final play of the game. A try from Simon Kennewell was merely a consolation and U.S. marched on to the semis in style, 31-14.

Failure to add the two points could have been costly had England been able to hit back, but Scotland finished the co ntest on top.

With just seconds remaining and New Zealand leading 21-17, an eagle eyed assistant referee spotted eight black jerseys and told Argentinian referee Damian Schneider who awarded a penalty to red-clad Scotland.

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"It says an terrible lot about the consistency of this group and the way they keep fighting hard day in and day out for each other and their determination to make England proud".

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