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Autumn Internationals: South Africa crush Scotland at Murrayfield
South Africa inflicted a comprehensive drubbing on Scotland, running in four tries on their way to a 28-0 victory at Murrayfield.
The Dark Blues lasted less than five minutes before handing control to the Springboks as flanker Willem Alberts crossed over for the first try.
And despite some determined defence things only got worse for the hosts.
Ruaridh Jackson's slip let in Willie Le Roux for a second on 29 minutes before the full-back played in JP Pietersen for a third moments later to leave Scotland trailing 21-0 after Pat Lambie converted all three tries.
Another Jackson error soon saw South Africa run in a fourth try 13 minutes after the break as replacement prop Coenie Oosthuizen barged over from a line-out to complete a resounding defeat for Scott Johnson's men.
After absorbing some early pressure, Nick De Luca suffered a rush of blood to the head as he illegally dived into a ruck from the side to concede a penalty which the Springboks put out for a line-out inside the Scots' five-yard line.
Hooker Adrian Strauss hit his mark from the set-piece and Alberts barged his way over for the opening score, with fly-half Lambie converting.
Lambie missed with his first penalty attempt after a quarter of an hour but then Scotland handed the Boks another try.
After two phases of promising attacks, Ruaridh Jackson lobbed the ball into Le Roux's grasp for the full-back to run in a 50-yard touchdown.
Another slip in midfield saw Le Roux get his hands on the ball in the danger zone but this time he booted a clever kick into the corner for Pietersen to slide home a third try, again converted again by Lambie.
On the few occasions on which the Dark Blues did manage to gain territory, if basic errors did not let them down, a lack of inspiration ultimately cost them against a thoroughly well-drilled opposition.
A classic example came 11 minutes into the second half just as Scotland were gaining ground towards the Springboks' 22 when another wild pass from Jackson handed possession to the visitors who kicked upfield, forcing Sean Maitland to boot the loose ball into touch just a yard from the scoreline.
Yet again mistakes proved costly as replacement prop Coenie Oosthuizen profited from the resulting line-out to barge over for another score, while Lambie converted again.
It was no surprise that Jackson's errors at fly-half soon became too much for
Johnson, who replaced him with Duncan Weir.
Johnnie Gray was the next man to join the action for the home side but the Glasgow lock was denied the chance of lining up beside his brother Richie for his first cap as the British and Irish Lion was the man selected to make way.
The visitors were forced to play out the remaining 10 minutes with 14 men after losing replacement flanker Marcell Coetzee to the sinbin after irking French referee Jerome Garces with his persistent infringements.
But there was still time for the home side to suffer one last setback when Max Evans was denied a late consolation try after Bryan Habana got a hand to Weir's grubber kick.
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