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South Africa run riot against Scotland

Handre Pollard on the burst for South Africa

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Article Published: Sunday 29 June 2014|

South Africa's Springboks finished their June Internationals with a 55-6 hammering of Scotland at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The loss for Scotland was their first under new coach Vern Cotter who has been in charge since the start of the month and had been unbeaten in their past three Tests.

The result means that South Africa have played four Tests in June and remained unbeaten and they will take a psychological edge with them over Scotland when they face each other at next year's Rugby World Cup as their are in the same pool.

The Springboks made their intentions clear from the outset as the Scots were forced into a huddle behind the posts only two minutes after the kick-off.

Instead of going for the three points through a penalty conversion from a kickable position, the Boks went for a lineout metres out.

After taking the ball up for a few phases, fiery flanker Marcell Coetzee scored the first try of the match after a pick-and-go, with flyhalf Handre Pollard converting.

The visitors pulled back three points five minutes later when Duncan Weir kicked a penalty.

For South Africa the highlight of the June internationals has been the gifted Willie le Roux and his outstanding touches at fullback.

Le Roux featured early in the match as he scored the second try of the evening after 10 minutes of play.

The Boks again used the lineout to great effect to set up an attacking opportunity with the ball spread swiftly through the hands where Le Roux finished in the right-hand corner.

Pollard converted to extend the lead to 11 points and he did not have to wait long before he lined up another conversion kick, six minutes later.

The youngsters executed a beautiful floating skip pass to a JP Pietersen, who sliced through the Scottish defence before he dropped the ball on his left foot for a speeding Lwazi Mvovo to collect just before the line to dot down.

Pollard pulled the conversion kick, with the Boks enjoying a 19-3 lead only 16 minutes into the clash.

With the Scots showing little resistance in the opening salvoes, a proper hiding was on the cards for the tourists.

The Springboks suffered an injury blow on the half-hour mark when Fourie du Preez left the field, to be replaced by Francois Hougaard.

While the visitors halted the Springboks' momentum, they could only add a three-pointer three minutes from the half-time break through another Weir penalty conversion.

Pollard opened the scoring in the second half with a penalty goal four minutes after the restart to extend the lead to 16 points.

Scotland received a yellow card in the 50th minute when Tim Swinson was binned for holding Hougaard back in play.

The Springboks immediately pounced as they set up a driving maul from a lineout 10 metres out where Coetzee scored from the back of the drive, with Pollard converting.

They showed their ruthless intent as they added three more tries in the following 15 minutes starting with Pietersen touching down in the 56th minute.

Four minutes later Mvovo showed why he is called the Umtata Express when he pounced on a fumbled Scotland ball to sprint from just inside his half to score -- to give him a brace for the match.

The rest of the match belonged to lanky lock Lood de Jager, who had a cracker of a game in both the tight and loose play.

In the 65th minute De Jager was put into space by Coetzee, another standout player, and showed the defenders a clean pair of heels from inside the Scottish 22.

By this time the Scots were a spent force, and Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer rung the changes which saw four more players -- Stephan Lewies, Teboho Mohoje, Marnitz Boshoff and Marcell van der Merwe -- earning their Springbok caps.

With two minutes left in the match, De Jager brought up the 50 points for the Boks as he burst over the line to score his second try of the match, with Boshoff converting.

Final Score South Africa 55 (19) Scotland 6 (6)


South Africa
Tries: Coetzee 2, le Roux, Mvovo 2, Pietersen, De Jager 2
Cons: Pollard 5, Boshoff
Pen: Pollard

Pens: Weir 2

Match Officials
Glen Jackson (NZ)


South Africa: 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 (c), 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.

Replacements: 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.

Scotland: 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 Rob Harley, 5 Grant Gilchrist (c), 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Geoff Cross, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Al Dickinson

Replacements: 16 Kevin Bryce, 17 Moray Low, 18 Euan Murray, 19 Jonny Gray, 20 Tyrone Holmes, 21 Grayson Hart, 22 Dougie Fife, 23 Peter Murchie

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