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Sprinboks outclass Scotland 55-6
Sunday, June 29, 2014

Update: 9:33AM SOUTH Africa thumped Scotland 55-6 and impressively showed its depth of rugby talent was a class above the Scots.

With the match falling outside of the IRBs international window, the Springboks were missing seven France-based players while the tourists were without their English Premiership charges, and the gap in quality between the replacements was clear, as South Africa ran in eight unanswered tries.

Flanker Marcell Coetzee, winger Lwazi Mvovo and lock Lood de Jager scored two tries apiece. Willie le Roux and JP Pietersen also got on the scoresheet for the hosts, while Handre Pollard notched five conversions and a penalty on his international debut.

Flyhalf Duncan Weirs two penalties were as good as it got for Scotland, which found itself outclassed in just about every department.

Although Vern Cotters inexperienced side showed a willingness to front up to South Africas physical game, it was often guilty of missing tackles and conceding penalties.

That kept the Springboks on the front foot, and the result was never in doubt after they scored three tries in the opening 17 minutes.

Scotland was yet to lay a hand on the ball when Coetzee drove over for South Africas first, and although Weir answered with a penalty, the hosts quickly converted a second as Jan Serfontein broke the gain line on the Scottish 22 before the ball was swung wide for Le Roux to go over unopposed in the corner.

When Pollards skip pass put Pietersen through a gap for the centre to provide Mvovos first try and South Africas third, it was clear it was going to be a long afternoon for Scotland.

However, the visitors began to disrupt the home sides game and gain some possession for themselves, and while they were unable to turn it into anything more than another penalty kick, they did prevent South Africa from scoring for the next half an hour.

That spell was broken 10 minutes after half-time when lock Tim Swinson was sent to the sin bin for holding back South Africa scrumhalf Francois Hougaard off the ball.

South Africa used the resulting penalty to set up a lineout, from which a rolling maul sent Coetzee to his second try in his first international start since November.

The floodgates opened thereafter as Pietersen bashed his way over five minutes later, and Mvovo intercepted to gallop away to his second.

As South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer emptied the bench to take his total number of debutants to five, De Jager completed the rout with a brace in the final 15 minutes.

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