EDINBURGH - Scotland were competitive for the bulk of an enthralling rugby union tussle at Murrayfield yesterday, but paid the price for defensive lapses at crucial moments in a 51-22 loss to New Zealand.
Tim Visser marked his home-turf Test debut with a try-double and showed why he is a hot bet to be part of the Lions' plans next year.
But the visitors were in a different league when it came to turning chances into points as they preserved their 107-year and 29-Test unbeaten record against the Scots.
All Blacks star Dan Carter showed them how to do it with a 21-point haul and a sublime all-round showing.
"We're very happy. We wanted to get this tour off to a good start and we were obviously up against a Scottish side who were full of energy," Carter told the BBC, adding, "there are still a few areas to work on."