As it happened: Boks v Scotland

2014-06-28 15:40

A recap of how the action unfolded between the Springboks and Scotland in Port Elizabeth!


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                SOUTH AFRICA 55-6 SCOTLAND

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Marcell Coetzee on the charge for the Springboks... (Gallo Images)


"It was men against boys. Little guys against our big guys," says in-studio SuperSport commentator Nick Mallett.


Springbok outside cente JP Pietersen received the best player award.

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This game proved exactly how much depth there is in South African rugby. It was great to see a Bok team with so many young and inexperienced players be so dominant.

The scrums will stand out like a sore thumb, but it was an otherwise flawless effort.

Super Rugby resumes for the SA teams next week so be sure to follow Sport24's LIVE UPDATES on those games!


Lood led pack charge, but huge game Schalk too. Could W Alberts match that work rate for a full 80? - Rob Houwing

FULL-TIME: South Africa 55-6 Scotland

80'- No luck for the visitors as referee Glen Jackson halts play for a scrum. That's it!

80'- After 22 phases of going nowhere, Scotland knock it on. The Boks, not keen to end the game, also opt to run but lose it to keep the game alive...

Another chance for Scotland...

80'- One last gallant attempt from Scotland who attack close to the Bok 22m area...

78' - Boshoff slots the CONVERSION to claim his first Test points.

SA 55-6 Scotland

77'- TRY! Just as I praise him, De Jager barges over for his second try and South Africa's half-century. It came after a concerted period of attack by the hosts.

How do you stop a 2.05m and 125kg man that close to the line?

76'- Lood de Jager has made the most tackles for the Boks tonight with 16. Schalk Burger second on 15. I think De Jager may well be named man-of-the-match...

75'- Another penalty at scrum time for Scotland. This is one area of concern for South African tonight.

75'- Kichner is now on permanently for Le Roux. He was on earlier when Le Roux went off for blood. This time the crowd behaves and does not boo him like earlier...


Unfortunate one cant measure players vs 2nd string opposition, but nice seeing the Green machine at full steam. NZ & Oz another ball game - Nelio de Sa

74'- Scotland have now conceded 15 penalties in this game so far.

73'- Unfortunately for Scotland, they can't as they again transgress on the ground.

72'- Scotland trying to save some face with a rare opportunity inside the Bok 22m area... Can they get some consolation points?


Marnitz Boshoff, Oupa Mohoje and Stephan Lewies are on for their Test debuts, replacing Handre Pollard, Duane Vermeulen and Victor Matfield respectively.

Trevor Nyakane is also on now for Jannie du Plessis.

66'- CONVERSION by Pollard.

SA 48-6 Scotland

64'- TRY! Big 2.05m Lood de Jager sprints like a wing for 40-odd metres to score next to the posts.

The ball landed in his hands after a high kick from Hougaard caused Scotland some trouble...


Duane Vermeulen tackled by Chris Fusaru. (Gallo Images)

62'- Pollard CONVERTS from the corner.

SA 41-6 Scotland

61'- TRY! Mvovo intercepts and runs more than 50m to score in the corner! Incredible pace from the Sharks flyer...

59'- Bryce, Gary and Holmes now all on for Scotland.

It's a first Test cap for SA-born Tyrone Holmes - a former WP and Griquas flank.


40 973 fans in here at Nelson Madela Bay Stadium tonight!

57'- Pollard misses the tough conversion.

SA 34-6 Scotland

56'- TRY AWARDED! Replays show Pietersen had in fact dotted down before he knocked it on.


JP Pietersen goes over in the corner for the hosts, but the TMO must decide. He may have knocked it on...

55'- Adriaan Strauss is now on for Bismarck du Plessis at hooker for the Boks.

54'- The Springboks are almost over again after a clever chip kick over the top from Le Roux. It was chased by himself and Mvovo, but Scotland replacement back Dougie Fife came to the rescue by booting it dead. 

However, Scotland then win a penalty after the TMO correctly rules that Le Roux had committed an early tackle on a Scotland player...

52'- CONVERSION by Pollard.

SA 29-6 Scotland

51'- TRY! Marcell Coetzee barges over for his second try after a dominating lineout maul from the Springboks.


Scotland lock Tim Swinson is sent off for 10 minutes after holding a Springbok player back off the ball.

The call came from assistant referee Romain Poite.

It allows the Boks set up an attacking lineout...

50'- A Springbok debut for Bulls prop Marcel van der Merwe, who replaces Coenie Oosthuizen. A horror evening for the latter...

49'- After a concerted period of attack, Scotland concede yet another penalty at ruck time. Relief for the home side.

47'- Another messy scrum by South Africa, but they manage to clear...

47'- Jannie du Plessis loses his bind but the referee calls for a re-set...

46'- A knock on halts Scotland's charge. Here's the first scrum of the second half. Lets see how it goes...

45'- Pollard makes a rare mistake when he kicks out directly to give Scotland a lineout right on the Scotland 22m line.

44'- PENALTY comfortably slotted by Pollard.

SA 22-6 Scotland

43'- A kickable penalty to South Africa about 40m out. This time they opt for the three points. Good decision after some resolute Scotland defence.

41'- A strong start to the second half by South Africa, who attack close to the Scotland 22m area. Pollard and Serfontein really attacking the gain-line with supreme confidence.

Pollard showing great maturity beyond his 20 years!

17:59 - Pollard gets the second half started.

Welcome back for the second half.

I would like to know what plans the Springboks made regarding the scrums. Forwards coach Johann van Graan tried to evade the subject when asked by presenter Owen Nkumane about it...


Boks spend a few years trying to turn Coenie into a tighthead ... And now he can't play either loosehead or tighthead. Messy - Front Row Grunt


Lwazi Mvovo out-sprints Scotland to score... (Gallo Images)


Bit disappointing second 20 there from Boks. 19-6 halftime. Need to tighten up and execute better in second half - Brenden Nel

HALF-TIME: South Africa 19-6 Scotland

A solid start by the hosts, but trouble at scrum time halted them a bit towards the end of the half there...

40'- No luck on the counter for Scotland and that's half-time...

39'- The Scots swing it wide but get penalised for obstructive running. Serfontein then inexplicably opts to just kick the penalty up-field, which gives Scotland a counter-attacking chance...

39'- Scotland have an attacking lineout inside the Springbok 22m area just before the break...

38'- The Boks butcher a promising attacking opportunity when Hougaard is caught at the base of the ruck... The Scots respond by launching a counter-attack from inside their own half...

37'- PENALTY slotted by Weir.

SA 19-6 Scotland

35'- Duane Vermeulen is penalised for not rolling away. It's about 45m out and this time Scotland opt for a goal-kick. Weir to line up...

33'- It seems like Du Preez has some sort of niggle and was taken off as a precautionary measure... Good decision as this game is won already and Hougaard needs game time.

32'- Yet another Scotland penalty at scrum time. Coenie again the man punished...

31'- Oh, so, close for the Boks after a brilliant break in midfield from Serfontein. He was tackled just short and then tried to pop it up to Mvovo, who unfortunately knocked it on with the tryling begging...

29'- Francois Hougaard has replaced Fourie du Preez at scrumhalf for the Boks. Not sure if Du Preez is injured. Will try find out...

Looks like Hougaard has gained a tattoo or two. Can hardly see his arms...

28'- A massive cheer from the PE crowd as Willie le Roux comes back on after getting rid of some blood...

25'- The Springboks appear to be struggling at scrum time here. Coenie Oosthuizen looking all at sea...

23'- However, a silly error from Scotland pivot Weir sees him kick out directly. He was inside his 22m area, but forgot that the ball was passed to him from outside... #stupid

23'- The second scrum of the game is also a solid one by Scotland. Perhaps there is a platform from which they can launch...


Replacing Le Roux with Kirchner is like replacing a Ferrari with a Golf - Simon Borchardt

23'- Only a penalty was given for that late hit on Le Roux. Perhaps a card would have sufficed...


Crowd boos Zane as he comes on for Willie. Classy. Just remind me who you played for, losers - David Moseley

21'- Willie le Roux is off to the blood-bin after a nasty late tackle by a Scottish forward. Zane Kirchner - one of Heyneke Meyer's favourite sons - is on temporarily.

21'- Moments later the Scots win another kickable penalty. Again they opt not to kick at goal and again lose possession...

20'- A brilliant steal on the ground from Bismarck du Plessis relieves pressure for the home side.

19'- The first scrum is a solid one by Scotland. It allows them to surge into the Springbok 22m area, where they win a penalty a few moments later.

They also opt for a lineout instead of kicking for goal...

18'- The first scrum of the game comes in the 18th minute. No wonder I have enjoyed this game so far...

16'- Pollard misses the conversion attempt.

SA 19-3 Scotland

16'- TRY! Lwazi Mvovo follows up on a brilliant grubber from JP Pietersen to score! Boks running riot!
Referee Jackson wants to check if Mvovo maybe was in front of Pietersen when he kicked, but replays show he wasn't.


Glen Jackson has had enough. Too many penalties conceded by Scotland he says. The next one is going to the bin.

13'- Coetzee makes up for his earlier transgression by winning a penalty on the ground after Scotland had marched up to the Springbok 22m area...

11'- Pollard CONVERTS from the touchline!

SA 14-3 Scotland

10'- TRY! That's too easy! Some slick handling from the Springbok backs sees Willie le Roux dive over in the corner. Great hands from Pollard and Serfontein in particular...

9'- Jeepers, already 5 penalties conceded by Scotland! Matfield continues to opt for touch, instead of kicking for goal.


Think Boks realise must put this to bed early this week, no messing! Then bring on fresh legs under no pressure if poss - Rob Houwing

7'- Weir slots the PENALTY from close to the touchline. Good kick.

SA 7-3 Scotland

6'- Scotland hit back when they win a penalty in range. Try-scorer Coetzee turns villain when he comes in from the side...

5'- Another Springbok penalty after the ensuing kick-off. Scotland look all at sea here...

4'- CONVERSION by debutant flyhalf Handre Pollard. His first points in Test rugby.

SA 7-0 Scotland

3'- TRY! Marcell Coetzee barges over under the posts after a concerted period of attack. His second Test try.

2'- A Springbok penalty right in front of the posts. And they opt for the the corner instead of three points.

1'- A strong start by South Africa and they win a penalty when Scotland scrumhalf Pyrgos tackles a South African without the ball...

17:01 - Scotland No 10 Duncan Weir gets the game started...


Lovely moment by one of Bok giants - Clinton van der Berg

16:59 - I have to say it. The Scottish anthem is better than the South African one...

16:57 - Flower of Scotland must be one of the most beautiful anthems ever written...

16:57 - All set for the national anthems now.

16:56 - Good to see a massive crowd here in PE. It's good that big time rugby will return to the city... their fans are hungry for rugby.

16:55 - Former New Zealand player, Glen Jackson, is today's referee. It's the first time he will take charge of a Bok Test.

Another Kiwi, Glenn Newman, is the TMO.


It's absolutely perfect conditions in PE. No wind or rain to speak of.

Lets hope the Boks can run the Scots off their feet.


Going to be a difficult first 20 min then we should win against essentially a Glasgow club team. Hope we do the basics well - Rob Louw

Our Sport24 experts, Rob Houwing and Garrin Lambley, predict that the Springboks will crush Scotland on Saturday by a huge margin. Watch the two rocket scientists in action...


Strange stat: The Springboks have never slotted a conversion at Nelson Mandela Stadium - Ruck&Droll


South Africa wins: 19
Scotland wins: 5

Scotland do boast five wins over the years, but all of those have been in Scotland, and the closest they have come to a win in South Africa was a 29-25 reverse at Kings Park back in 2003.


Local bookmakers say the Springboks will win by 25 points today.

CLICK HERE to read a story I wrote on it yesterday.


"To be honest, we shouldn't really be bothered about this (Scottish) team we're playing today. The Argentine team they beat last week was essentially a B-team or Pampas team. So that result was nothing to write home about," says in-studio SuperSport  commentator Nick Mallett.

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Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France), Marius Mitrea (Italy)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)


2013: South Africa won 28-0, Edinburgh
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



15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Coenie Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Teboho Mohoje, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Marnitz Boshoff, 23 Zane Kirchner


15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Nick De Luca, 12 Peter Horne, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Henry Pyrgos, 8 Adam Ashe, 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Robert Harley, 5 Grant Gilchrist (captain), 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Geoff Cross, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Alasdair Dickinson

Substitutes: 16 Kevin Bryce, 17 Moray Low, 18 Euan Murray, 19 Jonny Gray, 20 Tyrone Holmes, 21 Grayson Hart, 22 Dougie Fife, 23 Peter Murchie

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