Port Elizabeth - South Africa ran out easy 55-6 winners against Scotland in Port
Elizabeth on Saturday, helped by an outstanding performance from
Springbok debutant No 10 Handre Pollard.
As it happened: South Africa v Scotland
This single Test
between the two teams, who will be Group B opponents in next Rugby World
Cup in England, was never really a contest, with the 'Boks leading from
the third minute and running in eight tries.
Scotland were left
without a try and with coach Vern Cotter's 100 percent record in tatters
after tour wins against the United States, Canada and Argentina.
sides had looked to use the fixture to blood new players ahead of the
tournament, but it was South Africa's young guns who stole the show.
newcomers Lwazi Mvovo, Marcell Coetzee and Lood de Jager picked up two
tries apiece and rapidly-rising Springbok star fly-half Pollard shone on
his Test debut.
Pollard, recently named world junior player of
the year and who led South Africa to runners-up spot in the Under-20
World Championship in New Zealand, picked up 13 points and was
instrumental in most of South Africa's many attacks.
Springboks opened the scoring just three minutes in, with flank
Coetzee driving over from short range to touch down under the posts.
Pollard slotted over the conversion.
Scotland stand-off Duncan Weir
responded quickly with a penalty from just inside the South African
half, but the South Africans were over the line again within minutes.
Springboks secured line-out possession inside the Scotland 22, and went
from wing to wing before in-form fullback Willie le Roux glided over.
Pollard made the tricky touchline conversion.
The try went unconverted but South Africa led 19-3 with less than 20 minutes on the clock.
were lucky not to be reduced to 14 men when debutant number eight Adam
Ashe and hooker Ross Ford both hit Le Roux late and high after he dinked
a kick over their heads and tried to run on to it.
the whistle, Weir cut the deficit with a successful penalty but, at
19-6, the Scots at half-time never looked like getting back into the
South Africa began the second half by keeping the scoreboard
ticking over, when Pollard drove home a penalty from around his own
On 50 minutes Scotland were reduced to 14 men when
Tim Swinson was shown the yellow card for illegally taking a man out at
A pick-and-drive from the line-out resulted in Coetzee
again driving over the line for his second try, with Pollard adding the
The Springboks took further advantage of the extra man minutes later with JP Pietersen going over in the corner.
after the hour mark Mvovo got his second try with a brilliant solo
effort, collecting the ball out wide and sprinting 60 metres downfield
to go over in the corner. Pollard made the touchline conversion.
de Jager then pushed over the line for the Springboks' seventh try
after South Africa picked the ball up in the loose thanks to some
scrappy defending. Pollard collected his fifth conversion.
Close to the death De Jager drove past two Scottish tackles in short range to pick up his second try and complete the rout.
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