It was a test that promise so much but at the end it did not deliver as the Springboks beat Scotland 26-20 on Saturday.
There was some great performances from Vermeulen, Pollard and Nkosi for the Springboks.
The loose trio worked must better with Vermeulen, Kolisi and Du Toit as we saw the Springboks winning the small battles on the ground.
There was some great moments with the first two tries of the Springboks. Pollard was brilliant on the day with ball in hand hitting the gabs and putting players in space.
Papier had a good game at nine but his box-kicks were also not good enough but he made up for it with good service to the backline.
The problem for the Springboks yet again was that all the good things they did on attack they gave away through some poor defence out wide.
There was also not the dominance from the scrum which we expected. Really think Erasmus must now look at a different option than Malherbe who had another poor game.
His problem is not just his set pieces but also his fitness and general play which has been poor all season.
Scotland fought for the full 80 minutes and they just made some poor decisions and mistakes at crucial times in the match.
The Springboks physicality pulled this one through at the end but to be honest, the second half was really poor from both sides.
At the end both sides scored two tries and only the boot of Pollard and one penalty from Jantjies separated the two teams.
Referee Poite normally brings controversy and he did not disappoint.
He missed a few things with his officials and also handed a yellow card for Willie Le Roux which he deemed a deliberate knock down.
Darth Vader isn't happy but Willie le Roux heads for the sin bin…
What else could he do in that scenario? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/vMdbNKVBB2
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) November 17, 2018
There was a few off the ball incidence and the Springbok captain may be in big trouble.
— Miss Moz 🏴 (@missmoz77) November 17, 2018
At the end the Springboks again scrapped through with a win but a win that Rassie and his players will take. Not many teams have won at Murrayfield in the last 12 months, only New Zealand and Springboks manage to do so.
Tries: Horne, Watson
Cons: Laidlaw 2
Pens: Laidlaw 2
For South Africa:
Tries: Kriel, Pollard
Cons: Pollard 2
Pens: Pollard 3, Jantjies