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Carter makes Scotland pay for defensive lapses

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David Kelso

SCOTLAND 22 NEW ZEALAND 51

Puppet master ... Dan Carter pulled the strings for the New Zealand backline.

Puppet master ... Dan Carter pulled the strings for the New Zealand backline. Photo: Getty Images

EDINBURGH: Scotland suffered at the hands of New Zealand on Sunday with the hosts competitive for the bulk of an enthralling tussle at Murrayfield, yet paying the price for defensive lapses at crucial moments in a 51-22 loss.

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 as Dan Carter showed them how to do it with a 22-point haul and a sublime all-round showing.