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Thornton plays 77 minutes in Kiwis loss

Prop George Thornton played 77 minutes of Scotland’s 42-20 defeat by New Zealand in the opening game of the U20s World Championship.
The Scots went into the game as underdogs against a Kiwis side expected to challenge for their sixth title.
New Zealand led 7-0 after scoring the first of their six tries in just the second minute when Faingaanuku scored with Falcon converting.
Scotland never led in the game, but they could have if Kinghorn had landed a penalty before hooker Renwick scored an unconverted try.
Aumau extended New Zealand’s advantage with an unconverted try in the 13th minute.
Scotland replied with an unconverted try from Graham before Faingaanuku scored his second converted try of the first half.
Trailing 19-10 at the break, Scotland got the first points of the second half when Eastgate’s penalty made it 19-13.
The Kiwis scored 18 unanswered points to put them in pole position for the victory as Papali’i and Leger tries were added to by the boot of Falcon who kicked two penalties and a conversion.
Henderson converted his own try to reduce the deficit to 37-20 before Faingaanuku completed his hat-trick in the final minute. Scotland face Ireland in their next game on Sunday (10am).

Watch George Thornton face the Haka by clicking here.

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