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  • Pietersen, Alberts, Oosthuizen, Le Roux,
    Conversions: Lambie (4),
  • International Match
  • 17th Nov 2013
  • KO 15:00
  • Ground: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
  • Att: 49,278

Scotland v South Africa - Live

Last updated: 17th November 2013  


80 Springbok forwards winding down the clock through multiple phases. Steyn boots the ball out and that's the game. Simple enough for SA as their defence held out in miserly conditions. Meyer will be content but the Springboks only scored one try in the second half. Their defence though did well, particularly at the breakdown. Scotland simply didn't have enough threats to trouble the defence. A comfortable win.

79 Scotland running out of chances but they have a great platform here. Grubbered through and Le Roux is there to touch down, drop out for SA. Error from Scotland leads to an SA lineout as the clock runs down.

78 Habana wins the race to the ball, so we have a five-metre scrum for Scotland.

77 Play back underway with a SA lineout near their own line. Stolen though by Beattie and Gray is nearly in. Wide passes and a huge hit from Vermeulen on Weir. Scotland moving the ball around desperate for that first score. Kick behind from Weir and it's race between Habana and Evans. Upstairs to the TMO...

76 Long stoppage in play as van der Merwe receives treatment. Steyn on for Lambie.

74 Penalty to Scotland as SA put hands in the ruck. Right on the halfway line and Weir kicks long into the 22, just missing touch as Habana gathers. Clearance from the wing and now Maitland attacks for the Scots. Cusiter with a burst to lift the crowd, Strokosch out wide in space. Fine turnover again by du Plessis though, Pienaar clearing with a box kick. Stays in play as Scotland come wide, before a thundering tackle from Pietersen puts Denton into touch.

72 Lineout won by Hamilton at the tail. Scotland edging closer to the line, maul making ground. Big defence from Vermeulen but Scotland keep coming, before the Springboks win the breakdown penalty through du Plessis. SA clear.

Yellow Card70 YELLOW CARD, SOUTH AFRICA, COETZEE! Cusiter on for Laidlaw. Lineout stolen by Etzebeth, Pienaar's box kick out into touch. Taylor tries to punch a hole up the middle for Scotland, who are still without a score all game. Pass back is spilled by Weir but Scotland have a penalty, and it's a yellow card for Marcell Coetzee! Two many penalties says Jerome Garces and Coetzee goes to the bin.

68 Poor execution at the lineout in tough conditions as Scotland knock on, scrum to the visitors on their five-metre line. Vermeulen charges off the pace taking some turf with him. Deep to Le Roux who clears into touch, but not far.

67 SA lineout stolen by Beattie and Scotland are in an promising position here. Closest Scotland have been to the SA line, five metres out now. Ball spurts out of the ruck but we have a Scottish penalty. Weir kicks into the corner.

66 Coetzee and Pienaar on for SA as Beattie comes on for Scotland. Pressure on the hosts' scrum but they come away, kick from Weir beating Le Roux and pinning the Springboks back.

65 Loose pass from Du Preez eventually finds Fourie, SA still in their own half. High kick from Lambie falls the way of Maitland, who tries to kick deep. Nearly an interception for de Villiers as Scotland pass deep in their own half, but he knocks on. Scotland scrum.

63 The Gray brothers swap, Jonny on for his debut replacing Richie, as Scotland turn the ball over through Denton. Strokosch then knocks on, scrum to the Springboks

62 Du Plessis on for Strauss. Denton with the lineout take before the maul goes to ground. Strokosch with the carry, Weir on the loop to Gray but the Springboks force the penalty at the ruck and can clear their lines. Great speed to the breakdown from the defence.

60 Mtawarira on for Steenkamp. Scotland win the lineout and set up the maul - told to use it as Habana applies the pressure over the top, but illegally. Laidlaw opts for another lineout in the corner.

58 Scottish attack making little ground, but the handling is impressive considering the conditions. Advantage to Scotland, up to the SA 22. Second advantage, but the ball is lost forward so we come back for the penalty. Kicked into the corner. Etzebeth on for Botha.

56 Weir, Lawson and Grant on for Scotland. Scottish maul tries to get going in the SA half and then the ball comes wide to Maitland, but beats him into touch off an SA hand.

TRY54 TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, OOSTHUIZEN! 0-28: Ball to Vermeulen in the middle, thunderous drive and that's the fourth try for the Springboks! So effective and Scotland had no way of stopping that. Small fight breaks out after the score, Hamilton seemingly at the centre of it. Oosthuizen at the bottom of the pile to get the score. Lambie converts.

52 Miscued lineout falls the way of Ford and then Scotland win a penalty. Tapped by Lamont and Scotland are back on the attack, rain thundering down now. Pass from Jackson gathered by Seymour on the right wing. On the edge of the SA 22 - Hamilton tries to shovel a pass and it doesn't work, SA win the ball and break through Habana who chips forward, Seymour forced to boot the ball into touch for an SA lineout five metres from the try line.

50 Poor kick gathered by Le Roux, Seymour catching his reply. More running from Scotland before Lamont tries a delicate poke that flies straight into touch. SA lineout inside the Scottish half.

48 Scrappy ball for the Springboks after passing across the field ends in a knock on, handing Scotland the scrum. Denton offloads to Taylor before coming wide to Maitland. Fine turnover by Louw at the ruck and SA press on, Lambie chipping across for de Villiers but the kick has too much on it and Maitland calls the mark.

46 Chip across from Du Preez nearly falls into the hands of Pietersen, with Maitland knocking on as he went to protect the ball. Lineout rather than a scrum on the edge of the Scottish 22.

44 Scotland kick to touch and then win the lineout through Denton. SA defence up quickly as Scotland play with the ball around halfway, before the knock on comes out wide from De Luca. Springbok scrum on the left on the halfway line.

42 Brighter start from Scotland as De Luca threatens down the left, but SA again win a penalty at the breakdown. Kicked into touch. Vermeulen with the take, driving maul with Louw at the base. Carries from Alberts and de Villiers, Vermeulen dragging tacklers with him. Scotland working hard in defence, Lambie ignoring the option of an inside ball to Pietersen before Scotland win a penalty.

40 Jackson begins the second half - plenty of areas for Scotland to improve in. No changes to either team.


40 Solid scrum from the Scots but Denton's flick pass evades Laidlaw and flies into touch, so that's half-time. Springboks completely dominant and should arguably be ahead by more at the break, but currently lead by three tries to nil. Scotland's lineout is beginning to sort itself out but they're lacking the ability in attack to cause SA any major problems. Second half coming up.

40 Lineout won by Gray as Scotland set up a maul. Crashes to ground and the ball is lost in the ruck, so Scotland will have a scrum. Time running out.

38 SA penalised at the breakdown as de Villiers is spoken to by the referee. Jackson kicks into the corner as Scotland go for one last hurrah before the break.

36 Clean ball off the top and a flung pass from Jackson to De Luca puts Scotland in the 22. Slow ball now as the hosts are driven back. Ponderous play from Scotland who then knock on, scrum for SA within their 22.

35 Fourie pinged for not rolling away, so Jackson kicks Scotland into the 22. Desperate times now for the Scots, but this is a promising position.

TRY32 TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, PIETERSEN! 0-21: One-two punch from the Springboks! Le Roux breaks again through the defence and in open space sends a perfect kick over to the right wing for Pietersen to collect and score in the corner. Wonderful try from South Africa. Lambie converts.

TRY30 TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, LE ROUX! 0-14: Lineout secured by Gray as Laidlaw sends a box kick high but not far. Ball comes back Scotland's way - back to Jackson who kicks high but that's a beautiful take by Le Roux. Alberts spills the ball and Denton attacks, ball wide left to Barclay powering on. Crowd growing in noise as Scotland maintain possession, but it's intercepted! Willie Le Roux pounces and races away to score! Lambie converts.

27 Hard work from the SA forwards up to five metres out from the Scottish try line, but once again the Scots escape - Dickinson this time winning the crucial penalty at the breakdown. Jackson kicks up to halfway. How much longer can the hosts hold out?

25 Free kick to Scotland at the scrum. Denton driven back in the tackle as SA then turn the ball over and win a penalty, big tackle by Du Preez there. Lambie kicks into the corner.

24 Scotland forced to make 51 tackles to SA's 9 so far. Strong run from Pietersen right into the 22 - crash ball for van der Merwe. Loose ball comes back and Pietersen has more space, skipping tackles. Good pressure on Lamont forces Le Roux backwards before Fourie knocks on, good defence from the Scots.

22 SA possession comes to an end through a poor kick from Le Roux, easily marked by Maitland. Scotland pinned right back in their own half for nearly all of the play so far. Springboks yet to full make the most of their territory. Maitland clears to touch near halfway.

21 Ball squirts out of the scrum and Hamilton pounced to secure it for Scotland, cleared into touch by Laidlaw. Sighs of relief.

20 Scotland win a lineout, but the throw isn't straight. SA scrum on the near side on the Scottish 22 - promising position for the Springboks here.

18 Poor kick from Lambie pushed to the right of the posts, so Scotland drop out. Le Roux launches a high kick which is well-taken by Maitland, Scotland in possession. Pressure in defence turns the ball over and Lambie drills a kick up to the Scottish 22.

16 Advantage being played as the Boks attack, Scotland conceding two penalties in one passage for not releasing and then checking Habana after Fourie chipped behind the defence. Lambie going for goal.

14 Knocked on by Scotland on the far side, so a scrum to the Boks. Messy engagement but it works South Africa's way and they attack into the 22, before Fourie is penalised chasing Lambie's kick for not allowing the player to play the ball. Relief for Scotland.

13 Du Preez nearly through a gap but his pass falls into Scottish hands. Penalty to the Scots at the breakdown, SA not rolling away. Jackson clears.

11 Third time lucky as Scotland win their lineout. Cross kick to Lamont is gathered by Pietersen, but the Sharks wing is then bundled into touch. Scotland try to take it quick but the pass backwards is scrappy and then the scrambling kick trying to recover the ball goes out on the full. Poor play from the hosts.

10 Another missed lineout by Scotland as the ball goes over Gray, putting the Boks on the attack. Won though at the breakdown by SCotland who win a penalty. Good tackle on Habana to win the ball there. Jackson clears to touch.

8 Crash ball again from Alberts to put SA on the front foot. Carries from Strauss and Alberts once more. Slight numbers on the right but Le Roux's pass to Pietersen goes out into touch.

6 Long restart from Jackson and Le Roux responds into touch. Lineout steal from the Boks who kick long, Maitland clearing to touch but SA winning the territory battle there. Promising position for the lineout.

TRY5 TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, ALBERTS! 7-0: Very simple stuff from the Springboks. Lineout ball taken by Vermeulen and the driving maul works perfectly as Alberts drives over, good work upfront from the Bok pack. Lambie converts.

3 Springboks continue to attack, Alberts crashing forward. Taylor tries to poach the ball from the back of the ruck but does so illegally, so it's a penalty to SA. Lambie kicking into the corner.

1 Deep kick-off taken by Denton who crashes up. Back to Jackson who clears long but not out. Du Preez takes it as Vermeulen makes ground, van der Merwe carrying too. Early possession for the visitors as Lambie takes a big hit from Gray. Springboks into double figures in terms of phases in a long passage of play - into the Scotland 22.

Anthems complete as the pageantry comes to a close. Lambie of South Africa will start the proceedings. We're underway!

The drizzle has descended on Murrayfield as both teams emerge to the sound of bagpipes and some slightly delayed fireworks. Time for the anthems.

JP Pietersen will win his 50th cap for South Africa when the Springboks face Scotland, with Pat Lambie and Bakkies Botha both starting. Heyneke Meyer has made a total of five changes to the starting line-up. In the tight five, Bakkies Botha returns for the first time since the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2011, while Gurthr� Steenkamp and Adriaan Strauss will start at Murrayfield. Eben Etzebeth, Tendai Mtawarira and Bismarck du Plessis are on the bench. In the backs, Willie le Roux takes over at full-back with Pat Lambie shifting to fly-half.

Teenage second-row Jonny Gray is the only uncapped player in Scotland's 23-man squad to face South Africa. The other changes see Duncan Taylor, the 24-year-old Saracens back, replace the injured Matt Scott in the midfield to make his first start for Scotland; Alasdair Dickinson and Moray Low win the prop shirts; Jim Hamilton join Gray in the boiler-house and John Barclay, Man of the Match in Scotland's last victory over South Africa in 2010, operate at openside flanker.

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