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South Africa survives bruising Test at Murrayfield

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Monday, November 19, 2012

EDINBURGH - South Africa survived a second-half surge from Scotland to win 21-10 at Murrayfield yesterday, making it two wins out of two on their European rugby tour.

Both Springbok tries came from hooker Adriaan Strauss with fly-half Pat Lambie adding one conversion and three penalties.

For Scotland, scrum-half Henry Pyrgos came off the bench to score a try and Greg Laidlaw had one conversion and one penalty.

The South Africans will now take wins over Ireland and Scotland on to Twickenham next Sunday when they will be looking to finish off their series in style with a win over England.

The loss was Scotland's fourth straight defeat at Murrayfield and it means crucially that they will not be among the top eight seeds when the 2015 World Cup draw is made next month.

Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer was pleased with the win, but admitted that it had been a bruising battle.

"We started well and were clinical in our finishing but in the second-half the Scots played superbly.

"We'll take the win. In the last 20 minutes the guys didn't panic and our defence was awesome. We are a young team and will learn from this. "We have to improve for next week."

His Scotland counterpart Andy Robinson said that he thought the result should have been tighter.

"I think based on the second-half we deserved more.

"I thought the Springboks defended really well and if they hadn't done we would have won."





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