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.

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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.

Scorers:

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

Teams:

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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16 Comments on Will history repeat itself?

  1. No interest in this game?

    I believe Murrayfield will
    only have some 32 000 fans.

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

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