Will history repeat itself?


This was the day of Scotland’s biggest win over a woeful group of Springboks who went to Europe to play three matches which were three disasters as they went from bad to worse.


South Africa had won the World Cup in 1995 and ended third in 1999 when they could well have won it. But 2003 would be a humiliation and the writing was already on the wall in this tour in 2002.

Four players remain from that match six years ago – Chris Paterson, Jason White and Nathan Hines of Scotland and Adi Jacobs of South Africa.

Scotland vs South Africa, 21-6 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh on 16 November 2002

No-one expected the Springboks to sink any lower than against France a week before, but somehow they managed to do just that.

Scotland also made the history books by beating South Africa by 21-6 at Murrayfield. It was the Scots’ biggest-ever over the Springboks, and their first since 1969.

As against France in Marseilles, the Springboks also conceded a penalty from the kick-off, setting the scene for another miserable afternoon for the men in green-and-gold.

Funnily enough the scores were level at 6-all at the break, with two penalties to each team. The half-time score flattered the Springboks, though.

A drive-over try by Budge Pountney saw the home team surge ahead to 16-6, and still the Springboks did not look like scoring. James kept kicking aimlessly and the backs looked like a bunch of zombies running around on the pitch.

But the Springboks’ afternoon was perfectly summed up when André Pretorius tried to dummy challengers inside his own in-goal area, lost the ball and Nikki Walker pounced for the simplest of tries.

Two games down and the toughest assignment of the tour – England at Twickenham – lurked. Could the Springboks sink any lower? The answer was a resounding Yes as England lashed the Springboks 53-3 and everybody found their behaviour reprehensible.


For Scotland:
Tries: Pountney, Walker.
Con: Laney.
Pens: Laney 3
South Africa:
Pens: James 2.


Scotland: S Moffat, N Walker (BG Hinshelwood), A Craig, BJ Laney, CD Paterson, G Ross (GPJ Townsend), BW Redpath (captain), SM Taylor, AC Pountney, MD Leslie (NJ Hines), SB Grimes (JPR White), S Murray, B Douglas, GC Bulloch, TJ Smith (DIW Hilton).

South Africa: WW Greeff, BJ Paulse, AA Jacobs (AS Pretorius), RF Fleck, F Lombard, AD James, JH Conradie, JC van Niekerk, PJ Uys, CPJ Krige (captain), M vZ Wentzel (AJ Venter), JJ Labuschagne, PD Carstens (CJ van der Linde), L van Biljon, WG Roux.

Referee: N Williams (Wales).

Results down the years:

1906: Scotland won 6-0 at Hampden Park, Glasgow
1912: South Africa won 16-0 at Inverleith
1932: South Africa won 6-3 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
1951: South Africa won 44-0 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
1960: South Africa won 18-10 at Boet Erasmus, Port Elizabeth
1961: South Africa won 12-5 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
1965: Scotland won 8-5 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
1969: Scotland won 6-3 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
1994: South Africa won 34-10 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
1997: South Africa won 68-10 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
1998: South Africa won 35-10 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
1999: South Africa won 46-29 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
2002: Scotland won 21-6 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
2003: South Africa won 29-25 at Kings Park Stadium, Durban
2003: South Africa won 28-19 at Ellis Park, Johannesburg
2004: South Africa won 45-10 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
2006: South Africa won 29-15 at Boet Erasmus, Port Elizabeth
2006: South Africa won 36-16 at Kings Park Stadium, Durban
2007: South Africa won 27-3 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh

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    Haven’t scored a try in four
    Can’t blame the fans.

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