Scotland 0, Springboks 28



Scotland meet South Africa for the 24th time at Murrayfield on Sunday afternoon – the 18th time the match has been played in Scotland. Of the 23 matches already played Scotland have won five, all at home.

The very first Test South Africa ever played abroad was at Hampden Park in Glasgow and the Scots won 6-0 on an afternoon of miserable weather – a dreigh day as the Scots would have it.

Wet and cold with no closed roof to improve matters. The weather may well suit the Scots, not only because they are more used to it but because it would aid their unstructured aggression against structured control.

Recent results:
2013: South Africa won 30-17, Nelspruit
2012: South Africa won 21-10, Edinburgh
2010: Scotland won 21-17, Edinburgh
2008: South Africa won 14-10, Edinburgh
2007: South Africa won 27-3, Edinburgh
2006: South Africa won 29-15, Port Elizabeth
2006: South Africa won 36-16, Durban
2004: South Africa won 45-10, Edinburgh
2003: South Africa won 28-19, Johannesburg
2003: South Africa won 29-25, Durban


Scotland: 15 Sean Maitland, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Nick De Luca, 12 Duncan Taylor, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Greig Laidlaw (captain), 8 David Denton, 7 John Barclay, 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Moray Low, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Alasdair Dickinson.
Replacements: 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Ryan Grant, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Jonny Gray, 20 John Beattie, 21 Chris Cusiter, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Max Evans.

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux: 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain) 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Eben Etzebeth, 20 Marcell Coetzee, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Morné Steyn, 23 JJ Engelbrecht.

Date: Sunday, 17 November 2013
Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Kick-off: 15.00 (15.00 GMT; 17.00 SA time)
Expected weather: There is a 20 percent chance of rain with high of 10°C, dropping to 2°C
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Pascal Gauzère (France), Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
TMO: Marshall Kilgore (Ireland)

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Better known as Bunny, Took over after Pissant went over to the "Dark Side"


  1. Referees still under question by SS Panel. Felt the same yesterday with Joubert’s way of how he handled the game.

    I thought he had one of his worst games which let England back into the game.

  2. Great play by Willie! What a story, 2 years ago he was still playing for Boland and now he is turning into a great asset for the Boks.

  3. Great first half from Bokke, Willie had a bad start to the game but came back with two brilliant plays which resulted in tries.

    Lineouts is good and Lambie is doing nothing wrong at 10 so far on a wet field.

    Alberst is having a blinder again.

  4. Can’t wait to see this on youtube.
    From the sounds of your thorough play-by-play Bunny….

    Sounds like a new standard for FB in SA has been set & it ain’t Andre Joubert….

    Its Messerschmitt-Willie LeRoux !

  5. I’m concerned that should MWLR be out of a game – SA would not be able to score in backline ( other than occasional Habana intercept).

  6. With Bismark on we’ve lost 4 lineouts in a row! Lambie plays like a surfer – no urgency in anything…Tos 2nd half – at least our defence is holding


    Jan de Koning rates the South African players!

    15 Willie le Roux:

    He is obviously working on his kicking game, probably under instructions, and was great under the highly ball. Then there was an intercept that killed off a promising looking Scottish attack, but the real gem was the chip-kick for JP Pietersen’s try, after some great stepping. His defence was also great.

  8. Thank you to every Bok
    Who went a yard tonight.
    hope the injury is not serious.

    The Forwards are as good as it going to get.
    Bakkiese Bokke.