Greig Laidlaw refuses to take the glory after his late kick gives Scotland a win against Italy
Last Updated: 23/06/13 8:24am
Greig Laidlaw: Converts winning kick for Scotland against Italy
Scotland scrum half Greig Laidlaw refused to take the glory after 30-29 victory over Italy at Loftus Versfeld.
Laidlaw kicked a last-gasp conversion to snatch the win in Pretoria, but he preferred focus on the contribution of Scotland's new boys with Alex Dunbar and Matt Scott coming in for special praise.
Alasdair Strokosch crossed the line with the final play of the match to put the Scots within a point and the skipper added the extras to seal a dramatic win.
Scotland lost their previous two games of the tour against Samoa and South Africa but victory over Italy handed them third place in the four-team tournament.
"The new caps were absolutely brilliant," Ladlaw said on Sky Sports 1. "I thought they were outstanding, every one of them.
"I thought Matt Scott and Alex Dunbar were excellent in the centres, those guys are really maturing and we just need to keep pushing forward as a team.
"It has been tough but there is flip side to that coin. The young guys on the tour have put their hand up and they've given more depth to Scottish rugby already and they've only played in two or three Tests."
Scotland interim head coach Scott Johnson was frustrated despite the last-gasp comeback, adding: "I am proud of the fact that we managed to find a way to get ourselves out of trouble.
"That is the positive, but we have to look at areas - the penalty count, the scrum, the set-piece, defence - areas in which we try to take pride and did not do well.
"I am not walking away from the fact that we have to do things to improve areas of our game and cannot accept that as a standard."
Italy captain Sergio Parisse was quick to praise Scotland but felt his side were unfortunate not to come away with a victory.
"Scotland played a very good match," Parisse said. "I think we deserved the victory but this is a game we lost in the end.
"I can't say nothing to the boys. They did everything to win and we were just unlucky. We dominated the scrum today. Unlucky again. At the important scrums we were penalised."