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Tommy Seymour urges Scotland to set their sights high

Scotland 16-24 New Zealand

By Nick Purewal

Tommy Seymour believes Scotland will only become a threat on the global stage once they stop being pleased just to have avoided a hammering against the game's big guns.

Scotland put on a mightily brave display as they held New Zealand at bay for large chunks of Saturday's autumn Test at Murrayfield before losing 24-16.

They even had a chance to put themselves on the brink of victory but saw skipper Greig Laidlaw pull his penalty wide before the all-conquering All Blacks stormed downfield to score the try which put the game out of sight.

The defeat means Scotland's 109-year search for their first-ever win against the world champions goes on. But there were clear signs of progress in Vern Cotter's young side as they came within 10 points of the southern hemisphere giants for the first time in 23 years.

However, Seymour - who scored his second intercept try in as many weeks to put the hosts 7-5 up after 12 minutes - insists if Scotland are just happy to come close, they will never find that elusive win.

The Glasgow wing said: "We have to be pleased with the consistency levels we have shown over the last two weeks and we have to be pleased with the performance against New Zealand.

"But we have got to stop being a side that allows itself to take positives when you lose to the best team in the world, because if you do that you start drawing lines that you can't cross."

The Scots were 17-16 down with 13 minutes left when Laidlaw was handed his chance to kick his country within touching distance of a famous win.

But the All Blacks seized on his lapse after sending the ball wide of the right-hand post and stormed down for the match-winning try.

"It was an opportunity for us to make history," said Seymour.

"We wanted to go out and fight for a win that had never been done before. Unfortunately we came up just shy. There was a point in the game when we felt the momentum was swinging our way. But it wasn't to be."

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