Scotland went toe to toe with New Zealand for the full 80 minutes but again were left crushed with disappointment in an epic test match at BT Murrayfield as the All Blacks just held on for the win.
In 112 years, Scotland have tried everything to beat New Zealand short of tripping up their captain, although the present one suspects that might have been the plan nine years ago.
New Zealand finally have enough respect for Scotland to put out as close to a full team as they have for Saturday's second Autumn Test, but Scotland might have accidentally come upon a better team to build their own respect.
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has made two injury-enforced changes to his starting team for Saturday's second Autumn Test against world champions New Zealand at BT Murrayfield.
Tight head is maybe the most confrontational position on a rugby field and while Zander Fagerson is still pretty new on the block, he’s not standing for any nonsense.
You couldn't make it up. World Rugby make public their six-figure detailed evaluation study to ensure the process to award the 2023 Rugby World Cup to one of three candidates is as open and transparent as possible.
Scottish Rugby has again recruited a leading exponent of the other code to head up their Women and Girls’ Development.
Scotland captain John Barclay will move to Edinburgh Rugby from next season in a move set to be announced next week.
The idea that New Zealand are vulnerable because of occasional losses is “comical” according to John Barclay, but Scotland are not about to get caught up with the All Black aura.
Lee Jones got a little bigger to be a better fit for international rugby second time around, but he’s still among the small and quick compared to Saturday’s opposite number Waisake Naholo.