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Autumn Nations Series – Springboks too good for Scots

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It was a great win for the Springboks against a good Scotland side on Saturday. The Springboks pack was just to good for the Scottish to handle in that second half which resulted in them making plenty of mistakes and gave away penalties which created scoreboard pressure.

At the end two tries from Mapimpi helped the Boks to never looked like loosing as Scotland tries came from a double by Hogg as well. Scotland got hammered in the scrums and loss big time at ruck time as well giving easy penalties to the Springbok. At the end the Springboks deserved the win as they are two from two with England waiting.

Scotland started the game with ball in hand but a handling error resulted in the first scrum and first penalty to the Springboks. That led to the first lineout and another penalty against Scotland for playing the jumper.

Some good play from the Springboks saw them attack the Scottish line but could not get through and but did get another penalty which they kicked for the line again. This time Scotland stole the ball to exit the twenty two.

Springboks stayed in the Scottish half of the field with penalties coming their way again from the scrums. Scotland defence was still able to keep Springboks out. They tried their hand again at a driving maul but again Scotland was up to defend it.

A turnaround again with the Springboks on attack saw Van der Merwe sprinted downfield an earn Scotland a penalty which Russell kicked over for the first points of the match.

Another scrum penalty gave the Springboks another great attacking opportunity. This time from another penalty Jantjies knocked it over to even the scoreboard up.

From loose play it was quick play to the wing for the Springboks and it was the speedster Mapimpi who got over for the first try of the match. That gave them a 8-3 lead after Jantjies couldn’t convert the try from the sideline.

With both teams trying to get the ball air they did make plenty of mistakes which resulted in a bit of a stop-start match.

It was then some messy play but at the end it was Scotland who moved it through the hands and got Hogg over even though a pass looked way forward.. That gave Scotland the lead back 10-8.

The dodgy calls from Gardner continues which must have left both side frustrated as they went into the break with Scotland leading 10-8. It was Hogg that was the man over the line and the first try for the home side.

The rest of the half was really scrappy and neither team really did themselves any favours. Scotland went into he break with the lead of 10-8.

The Springboks showed their power with attack when the ball got out wide from a pressure kick down the field and it Was De Allende who broke free and send Mapimpi over for his second try of the match.

The Springboks looked much better composed at the start of the second half with ball in hand and on defence. With the pressure the Springboks pushed the Scottish into giving more penalties away which Jantjies knocked over to extend their lead to 18-10.

It was Scotland turned to get some points with a good lineout and sending the ball out wide saw plenty of space for Hogg to go over for his second of the test match.

The game opened up again with the Springboks pack coming more into play pushing Scotland again back in their half. Pollard had a chance to extend the lead but miss his first kick at points.

Pollard did get another chance and made no mistake this time to extend the Boks lead to 24-15. It as another steal from Marx this time which saw Steyn walking up to go for a long one. He made no mistake knocking it through the middle to extend the Springboks lead to 27-15

The Springboks just looked a bit more composed that Scotland in the second half and manage three game better as well. That counted for pressure on Scotland who had to play catchup rugby.

With the pressure starting to tell on Scotland the Springboks forced another scrum and a penalty form that which Pollard again knocked over.

The Springboks was just too good for Scotland and took a well deserved win at the end 30-15

Scorers:

Scotland: Tries – Stuart Hogg(2) Conversions – Finn Russell Penalties – Finn Russell

Springboks: Tries – Makazole Mapimpi(2) Conversions – Elton Jantjies Penalties – Elton Jantjies(2), HandrΓ© Pollard(2), Frans Steyn

Eben Etzebeth was named the man of the match

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