As it happened: Scotland v SA

2013-11-17 16:25

LIVE interactive commentary on the Test between Scotland and the Springboks from Murrayfield in Edinburgh.


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Commentary by Sport24's Herman Mostert


Willie le Roux proved he is a class act (Getty Images).

18:57 - SUMMARY

A solid enough performance by South Africa. The way they defended their line was particularly impressive and the ease with which they dominated Scotland physically was great to see. The rain definitely spoiled the spectacle in the second half so the mere seven points in that period should not be frowned upon. Lots of room for improvement, as there were some shaky lineouts towards the end and still an alarming amount of penalties conceded. I'd give the Boks about 6.5 out of 10 for this performance.  


What the hell did we do in the 2nd half? Our line out was terrible, and we really need to learn to provide support for the line breaking - Izzi Max 

Not a great 2nd half. 30% possession - Andre Mulder 

First 20 the Boks were looking good and I thot they were going to take the game away from the Scots...but second half they were terrible especialy after Bakkies left the field we lost so many lineouts.....I dn't think Meyer will be happy team of the week are the Poms..the commitment,power and energy they showed against all blacs...they were unlucky to lose....Poms are my team of the week...what a game - Siyakha Vuthu 

I thought it was a brilliant performance by the Springboks on a shocking pitch and considering the weather conditions were appalling it was a decent effort overall by the guys - Gareth Derek Hiscock 

Was a training match ! - Paul J. Visagie

Well scrappy win - Vizicelo Mikael James

18:56 - TWEET

Not pretty. Weather and pitch played their part. Boks stuck to very basic gameplan which was more than good enough for a sorry Scotland - Front Row Grunt

18:54 - FULL-TIME: Scotland 0-28 South Africa. CLICK HERE for a full match report.

18:53 - The Boks now just playing to kill off the game... Steyn boots it out and the Boks are easy victors.

18:51 - Scotland try another kick in behind but Man of the Match Le Roux dots down first with two minutes remaining. 

18:49 - This TMO at sixes and sevens! He says Habana knocked it on. How could Habana have knocked it on if he carried it backwards!? But luckily the referee makes the right call and awards a five-metre scrum to Scotland for Habana carrying it back over the goal-line. But the didn't knock it on Mr TMO!

What's wrong with TMOs nowadays?

18:47 - This won't be a try. Evans was just short and it looks like Habana carried it back, so should be a five metre scrum for the hosts.

18:46 - A chip-kick is chased by Scotland's Max Evans and he nearly scores. Bryan Habana thinks he got there before his opposite number. This is touch and go. TMO must decide...

18:45 - This sets up another Scotland attack close to the Bok tryline...

18:44 - Scotland steal another Bok lineout. Bismarck has now lost three. And just as I speak he loses a fourth!

18:43 - Big round of applause as Louw leaves the field on a stretcher. He give a thumbs up though which indicates it's not too bad.

18:41 - Morné Steyn is also now on for South Africa. Why bring him on now? Rest him for the France match!

18:40 - Francois Louw is being carried off on a stretcher now. Worrying signs but lets hope it's not too serious. Five minutes left. A bad shoulder barge from a Scotland forward on Louw there...


Willie le Roux receives the best player award!

18:35 - There's just no way through for the Scots. Great to see South Africa defending their line with pride. Pietersen makes a monster tackle to bundle No 8 David Denton out into touch...

18:34 - PICTURE

Duane Vermeulen was a "monster" out there today! (Getty Images)

18:34 - Wow Duane Vermeulen is having a massive game. He steals another ball at a ruck.

18:31 - And the Boks stave off another ferocious attack on their line when they win a penalty. Scotland trying manfully but they are simply out-muscled! Eight minutes left now.

18:31 - JJ Engelbrecht replaces skipper Jean de Villiers at centre.


Replacement flank Marcell Coetzee gets 10 minutes in the sin bin for a high tackle. This is now the 10th yellow card in 11 games for South Africa in Tests this season. Unacceptable!

18:27 - The Boks defending their line with pride here. No way through for Scotland who have enjoyed more territory and possession in the second half.

18:26 - PICTURE

Pat Lambie is tackled by Richie Gray (L) and Nick de Luca (Getty Images).

18:24 - Scotland now get another chance to attack as they steal a Springbok lineout for the first time. Bismarck won't be happy losing his first throw-in.

18:24 - Ruan Pienaar now also on at scrumhalf for Fourie du Preez.

18:22 - Oh-so-close when Jean de Villiers nearly scores an intercept try but he knocks it on. He read that brilliantly, but just couldn't hold on.

18:21 - TWEET

Very cool handover from Bakkies to Eben ... Bakkies is a real traditionalist ... Think he has added to the squad - Front Row Grunt

18:18 - Another attacking lineout for Scotland... But the Sprigbok defence holds firm and they win a penalty when Scotland hold on for too long on the ground. Brilliant work from Duane Vermeulen. That was as close as Scotland have come to scoring...

18:18 - Bismarck now on for Adriaan Strauss after 60 minutes, still 28-0.

18:17 - Beast Mtawarira is on the field, having replaced  Gurthrö  Steenkamp after 56 minutes. Eben Etzebeth now also on for Bakkies Botha.

18:16 - Scotland now on the Bok 22m line and they win a penalty. They opt for the lineout.

18:14 - Bismarck du Plessis is spotted warming up on a bicycle next to the field. More ominous signs for the hosts I reckon...

18:11 - CONVERSION by Lambie from close to the touchline. Scotland 0-28 SA after 54 minutes.

18:10 - TRY! The Boks barge over again! Some fisty cuffs by the players afterwards with Duane Vermeulen right in the thick of things... Coenie Oosthuizen is the try scorer.

18:10 - A brilliant kick up-field by Habana sets up an attacking five-metre lineout as the Scots are forced to scramble and kick it out.

18:08 - Scots launch an attack inside the Bok 22m area... But they knock it on and South Africa counter-attack...

18:05 - A promising Bok move is halted by some good defence and the Boks knock it on under pressure...

18:03 - A brilliant cross-kick from Du Preez almost sets up Pietersen again, but Scotland's Sean Lamont gets in the way but knocks it on. Bok scrum just outside the Scotland 22m area...

18:01 - The rain coming down is not heavy, but persistent. But this just makes a 21-point lead so much tougher to haul in...

17:59 - Good defence by Scotland keeps the Boks outside their 22m area and a home penalty brings relief. A massive hit by Ross Ford on Bryan Habana set the tone there when the hooker drove the winger backwards.

17:58 - Boks back in the Scotland half with an attacking lineout 30m out....

17:56 - Scotland flyhalf Ruaridh Jackson gets the second half underway as rain falls down on Murrayfield.

17:55 - Welcome back for the second period. Expect more dominance from the Boks. My 12-point win prediction should be a bit off the mark today! 

17:52 - PICTURE

A CLASS ACT. Willie le Roux dives over to score (Getty Images).

17:49 - QUOTE

"Pathetic tackle from the Scotland scrumhalf," Nick Mallett as he describes the JP Pietersen try. 

You've just got to love how Mallett is not afraid to speak his mind!

17:48 - TWEET

I’d trade my Murrayfield 2002 experience for this Bok performance. Pierre Uys and Rudi Streauli nightmares worse than Staaldraad flashbacks - Gareth Rosslee

17:44 - But there's no way though the Bok defence and that's HALF-TIME. Scotland 0-21 South Africa. Complete dominance from the Springboks in all facets of play!

17:42 - Scotland turn down a kickable penalty to set up a five-metre lineout.

17:42 - TWEET

And in breaking news Scotland have just kept the ball 4 2 phases and won a penalty ... Great city, great stadium, not so great rugby team - Mark Keohane

17:39 - Frans Malherbe is being replaced by Coenie Oostuizen. Looks like the WP prop took a big knock somewhere...

17:38 - But a knock-on ends their hopes of getting on the scoreboard.

17:37 - Scotland now into the Springbok 22 for the first time in the game.

17:35 - Lambie CONVERTS from the corner as his kick bounces off the crossbar. Scotland 0-21 SA after 33 minutes.

17:34 - Try! A piece of individual brilliance from Willie le Roux sets up a JP Pietersen try. Le Roux broke through from the kick-off and a brilliant cross-kick sets up Pietersen who runs in at the corner. Magic from Le Roux!

17:34 - Lambie CONVERTS. Scotland 0-14 SA after 30 minutes.

17:32 - TRY! Just as I say Scotland are on the attack Willie le Roux intercepts a pass to run 65m and score under the posts!

17:31 - Scotland now launching their first attacking move of the game. They're up to 30m out...

17:29 - Oh no, Scotland win a penalty as the Boks hold on for too long on the ground. Scotland again off the hook with 27 minutes played now. Willem Alberts was the culprit there.

17:27 - The Boks reject another kickable penalty and instead opt for an attacking lineout five metres out... This time Scotland stop the maul but the Boks still on attack.

17:25 - Another collapse at a scrum and this time Scotland get the free-kick. A chance for them to get out of their 22m area.

17:24 - Scotland survive a massive onslaught from South Africa with Pietersen nearly going over to score. It's all South Africa here but the Scotland defence is keeping them in the game...

17:22 - Twenty minutes gone and the crowd is dead-quiet. No sign of Scotland building any pressure... Still 7-0 to the Boks.

17:20 - PICTURE

Bok skipper Jean de Villiers (Getty Images).

17:20 - I've almost lost count how many lineouts Scotland have butchered now...

17:18 - But Lambie misses an absolute sitter! Not doing his chances of making the No 10 jersey his own any good with that! Morné Steyn would not have missed that kick.

17:18 - SA win a kickable penalty after Scotland lose yet another lineout! Lambie lines up from in front, 25m out...

17:17 - Wow, let-off for Scotland as Jaque Fourie nearly scores. He is penalised by the ref for diving on the player though. Tough call!

17:14 - First scrum in the 13th minute. About 20 metres inside the South African half. Oh no, the players are slipping on the suspect pitch with grass already coming up... And the end result is a free-kick for South Africa. Clearly the parasite is still lurking somewhere there in the grass...

17:13 - And Scotland butcher another lineout! Scotland lineouts: 4 - won 1, lost 3

17:11 - TWEET

Not a good start for Scotland who look like boys against men, unable to stop Willem Alberts bulldozing through - ESPN Scrum

17:10 - Finally Scotland win their third lineout attempt.

17:09 - Another lineout steel for South Africa as Scotland hooker Ross Ford overthrows it. But they get some relief when the Boks go off-side...

17:08 - Boks back on the attack, inside the Scotland 22m area...

17:07 - An early lineout steal as Flip van der Merwe wins the ball off a Scotland lineout...

17:07 - PICTURE

Willem Alberts barges over to score (Getty Images).

17:06 - CONVERSION from close to the touchline by Lambie. Scotland 0-7 SA after 5 minutes.

17:05 - TRY! That was too easy. Willem Alberts barges over after a dominant driving maul by South Africa. Ominous early signs for Scotland...

17:04 - A remarkable opening passage as South Africa control the ball for 3 minutes before getting a penalty. They opt to go for an attacking lineout instead of the easy three points.

17:03 - A long period of attack sees SA into the Scotland 22m area...

17:01 - Boks in possession early on as Scots fail to clear the line...

17:01 - Pat Lambie gets play underway...

17:00 - All set to start now... Scotland are playing in a white strip... unlike their traditional navy blue.

16:59 - Jeepers, no wonder the Scots are always so pumped-up before a game. #goosebumps

16:56 - Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika is a great tune, but the Flower of Scotland is arguably one of the greatest anthems sung in sport!

16:55 - All set for the national anthems now.

16:54 - An almighty roar greets the home side as they run out...

16:53 - The Boks, fully clad in track suits, appear on to the Murrayfield pitch. Well done to JP Pietersen who will play his 50th Test today.

16:52 - TWEET

Boks will hope french ref doesn't allow as much leeway at breakdown as in Nelspruit - can only hope - Brenden Nel


Boks by 19 - Hannes Hornsby

Boks by 20 - Dominic Valentine

Boks by 10 - Maano Nekhavhambe

16:36 - Nick Mallett and Naas Botha are in agreement that scrumhalf Fourie du Preez's tactical game will be key today and should give South Africa a significant advantage.

16:31 - In-studio SuperSport commentator Ashwin Willemse says the Springbok backline defence must be better today. I agree with him. There were too many gaps in midfield against Wales last week. Hopefully Jean de Villiers and Jaque Fourie clicked in training this week after playing together for the first time in while last weekend...

16:31 - TWEET

Boks by 20 or more lets hope the boys play but effectively and enjoy the occasion ! - Rob Louw

16:15 - Welcome to today's interactive scoring for the Test between Scotland and South Africa at Murrayfield. The bookies are backing the Boks by 14 and I tend to agree.  We've learnt our lessons from a few years back (losing 21-17 in 2010). Earlier this year the Boks beat Scotland 30-17 in Nelspruit after the Scots had taken an early 17-6 lead. The Boks have improved markedly since that game though and I also feel they won't underestimate their opponents after what happened in Nelspruit. Expect Scotland to come with a massive physical effort at the start but they'll run out of steam against a more quality outfit. So I'm going Boks by about 12 points!


Springbok fan Mawande Sineke with Bok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Edinburgh on Saturday. (Photo supplied)


The Springboks pose for the official team photograph ahead of their Test against Scotland


Morne Steyn gets in some kicking practice at Murrayfield


Sport24 Editor Garrin Lambley and chief writer Rob Houwing discuss the Test

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11:01 - PICTURE

Springboks in training - some new faces! - South African Rugby

10:55 - DID YOU KNOW?

JP Pietersen will be playing in his 50th Test for South Africa. He played 47 of the previous 49 on the wing and two at fullback.


The total absence of Pieter-Steph du Toit from the Bok 23 against Scotland may raise an eyebrow or two, says Sport24 chief writer Rob Houwing.

Click HERE to read the full article...


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It's the Top 10 fastest rugby players of all time!

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The Springbok starting team boasts a total of 667 Test caps (412 in the backline and 255 in the forwards), while there are a further 278 caps worth of experience on the bench.


Most points – 26 (2t, 8c) by Percy Montgomery
Most tries – two, by six players, the last was by Adriaan Strauss
Most conversions – eight by Percy Montgomery
Most penalty goals – four by Morné Steyn
Most drop goals – three by Jaco van der Westhuyzen


The Springboks will beat Wales by 14 points in Edinburgh, if local bookmakers are to be believed...

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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

10:46 - REFEREE

Today's referee is Jérôme Garcès of France. This will be his second Test involving South Africa - the first was the Rugby Championship match against Australia on September 28 this year at Newlands in Cape Town, which the Springboks won 28-8.

Rolland will be assisted by compatriot Pascal Gauzère and Dudley Phillips from Ireland. Ireland's Marshall Kilgore is the TMO.




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

Substitutes: 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

Substitutes 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

16:00 - Welcome to Sport24's LIVE interactive commentary on today's Test match between Scotland and the Springboks from Murrayfield in Edinburgh.

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