Scotland v New Zealand: Five near misses for Scots against All Blacks

New Zealand 21 Scotland 18 Eden Park, 23 June 1990

This was the second Test of the 1990 tour with David Sole's Scotland Grand Slam side looking to finish the season in style, and leading 18-12 at half-time, with tries from Gavin Hastings and Alex Moore, both converted by the full-back, who added two penalties, the long wait for victory seemed within touching distance. But Grant Fox had one of his best days ever, kicking six from six, but it was controversial. Hastings slipped fielding a Kieran Crowley punt, and was tackled by Mike Brewer, the flanker, who was offside. The referee penalised Hastings for not releasing the ball, Fox levelled the scores and added the winning points with ten minutes remaining.

Scotland 25 New Zealand 25

Murrayfield, 12 November 1983

The one that Peter Dods will never forget as the prolific Gala full-back had the opportunity with a conversion kick to win it for Scotland, 'Lucky' Jim Pollock having scored in the last minute. Dods missed the target by a whisker, which was agonisingly harsh as he had already contributed 15 points with five penalties from six attempts. John Rutherford slotted two drop-goals, but two tries from Bernie Fraser and one by Michael Hobbs, with full-back - and now Australia coach - Robbie Deans adding three penalties and two conversions. Jim Aitken's side certainly learned from it, however, going on to win a historic and long-awaited Grand Slam over the next few months.

Scotland 9 New Zealand 14

Murrayfield, 16 December 1972

Impressive scrum-half Sid Going set up the first try for 'Grizz' Wyllie and scored the crucial one in the last minute after intercepting a pass. Wellington wing Grant Batty scored the second try, but debutants Andy Irvine (two penalties) and Ian McGeechan (drop-goal) had superbly brought Scotland right back into it at 10-9 down before Going's last act exploded Murrayfield hopes in injury-time.

Scotland 0 New Zealand 0

Murrayfield, 18 January 1964

The very fact New Zealand beat every other home nation, and France, on this tour underlined the quality of the Scottish display in poor conditions at Murrayfield. The lighter Scottish pack were being beaten in the scrums, but proved quicker in the loose and defence. Their courage was epitomised when Jim Telfer denied the All Blacks a late try when he fell on the ball on the line and benefited from a penalty against the Kiwis.

Scotland 0 New Zealand 3

Murrayfield, 13 February 1954

Described as 'a game Scotland did not deserve to lose', the Scottish pack, though outweighed, laid the foundations for a stirring display with flanker Douglas Elliot making an outstanding return to the team as captain. On three occasions Scotland were over the All Blacks line, but couldn't ground the ball in the face of fierce defence, and the deciding points came from a kick by Auckland full-back Robert Scott.