Thursday, 13 December, 2018

South Africa shade Scotland at Murrayfield

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The Springboks have come away with a hard-fought 26-20 win over Scotland at Murrayfield on the back of a man-of-the-match performance by flyhalf Handre Pollard.

Scotland's Ryan Wilson is tackled by South Africa's Malcolm Marx at Murrayfield.

The two countries traded two tries each in a magnificent, open first half before Pollard's boot edged the Springboks to victory in a contrastingly tense and bruising second period where only three more penalties were added.

The 24-year-old had a personal haul of 18 points, scoring one try, two conversions and three penalty goals.

"Potentially, yes, but you have got to be courageous to win Test matches".

Jesse Kriel scored the first try of the match while Scotland also scored twice in the first half, through Peter Horne and Hamish Watson.

"To beat a team that has become a real force in world rugby, a team that is on the up, in the middle of a good home run, is satisfying", Erasmus is quoted as saying.

Handre Pollard kicked 18 points in South Africa's victory
Scott Heppell Handre Pollard kicked 18 points in South Africa's victory

In The South African, Erasmus toldSiviwe Breakfast: "We're definitely not the finished product yet, but we are slowly growing into a better team".

It was another close call for South Africa, who lost to England by a point and then scrapped past France over the previous two weekends.

"Today was very tough, all credit to Scotland".

"We showed that we are right in these games, on another day we can win so we are going in the right direction".

There's already been much said about Willie le Roux's yellow card.

"We focused really hard and worked on all the things that didn't go right last week".

But Erasmus admitted his side did not get the expected dominance in the scrums while Scotland also did well to stop the Boks' driving maul. "But I haven't seen the incident so I can't really comment".

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