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Saturday 17 November 2018, 10:20am MST

Scotland v South Africa

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  • FT
  • Penalty GoalElton Jantjies
    72'
  • Penalty GoalHandre Pollard
    49'
  • Penalty GoalGreig Laidlaw
    46'
  • Yellow CardWillie Le Roux
    45'
  • HT
  • Penalty GoalHandre Pollard
    38'
  • ConversionGreig Laidlaw
    34'
  • TRY!Hamish Watson
    33'
  • Penalty GoalGreig Laidlaw
    26'
  • Penalty GoalHandre Pollard
    24'
  • ConversionHandre Pollard
    21'
  • TRY!Handre Pollard
    20'
  • ConversionGreig Laidlaw
    19'
  • TRY!Peter Horne
    18'
  • ConversionHandre Pollard
    6'
  • TRY!Jesse Kriel
    5'
  • KO

Stats

Match Stats
Player Stats
294
273
Metres
21
34
Carries
18
18
Defenders beaten
7
8
Clean breaks
136
135
Passes
3
7
Offloads
13
10
Turnovers conceded
3
13
Turnovers won
136
111
Tackles
18
18
Missed tackles
Scotland T C P
15 Stuart Hogg 0 0 0
14 Tommy Seymour 0 0 0
13 Huw Jones 0 0 0
12 Peter Horne 1 0 0
11 Sean Maitland 0 0 0
10 Finn Russell 0 0 0
9 Greig Laidlaw 0 2 2
1 Gordon Reid 0 0 0
2 Stuart McInally 0 0 0
3 WP Nel 0 0 0
4 Ben Toolis 0 0 0
5 Jonny Gray 0 0 0
6 Sam Skinner 0 0 0
7 Hamish Watson 1 0 0
8 Ryan Wilson 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Fraser Brown 0 0 0
17 Allan Dell 0 0 0
18 Simon Berghan 0 0 0
19 Josh Strauss 0 0 0
20 Jamie Ritchie 0 0 0
21 Ali Price 0 0 0
22 Adam Hastings 0 0 0
23 Chris Harris 0 0 0
South Africa T C P
15 Willie Le Roux 0 0 0
14 Sibusiso Nkosi 0 0 0
13 Jesse Kriel 1 0 0
12 Damian de Allende 0 0 0
11 Aphiwe Dyantyi 0 0 0
10 Handre Pollard 1 2 3
9 Embrose Papier 0 0 0
1 Steven Kitshoff 0 0 0
2 Malcolm Marx 0 0 0
3 Frans Malherbe 0 0 0
4 RG Snyman 0 0 0
5 Franco Mostert 0 0 0
6 Siya Kolisi 0 0 0
7 Pieter-Steph du Toit 0 0 0
8 Duane Vermeulen 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Mbongeni Mbonami 0 0 0
17 Thomas du Toit 0 0 0
18 Vincent Koch 0 0 0
19 Lodewyk De Jager 0 0 0
20 Francois Louw 0 0 0
21 Ivan van Zyl 0 0 0
22 Elton Jantjies 0 0 1
23 Cheslin Kolbe 0 0 0

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  • Thanks for joining our commentary this evening. Until next time, goodbye.
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  • South Africa were able hold their composure to secure their second win of the November Internationals, edging out Scotland by six points. The first half was an even contest as tries from Jesse Kriel and Handre Pollard were cancelled out by Peter Horne and Hamish Watson. There were no tries in the second period, but the discipline of the Springboks and their command of the breakdown gave Pollard and Jantjies the opportunities to kick them to victory. Scotland put forward a solid performance, but they were not clinical enough when it mattered the most.
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  • FULL-TIME: SCOTLAND 20-26 SOUTH AFRICA
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  • South Africa win the scrum and now just have to sit on the ball before booting it into touch to confirm their win.
    80''
  • South Africa battle back brilliantly at the resulting lineout and get the turnover through Mbonambi. That could be it for the visitors to hold out for the victory.
    79''
  • Scotland win another penalty at the lineout after initially losing the ball. There was a push by the visitors in the line that keeps the home side moving in the right direction.
    78''
  • TMO spots an infringement at the breakdown from Pieter-Steph du Toit, cleaning out Watson well behind the scrimmage line. Scotland have a penalty to make their way into South Africa territory.
    77''
  • Brown wins the battle at the breakdown for Scotland in a huge moment in the contest. Townsend's men are still alive in the game.
    77''
  • Scotland turn the ball over, but De Jager responds in turn to keep the pressure on the home side inside the 22. Something has to give.
    76''
  • The Springboks work the ball from right to left, probing for weaknesses in the tiring Scotland legs.
    75''
  • South Africa work the ball deep into Scotland's territory and a mistake between Price and Harris hands the visitors a lineout in a great position.
    74''
  • Jantjies sends his effort through the posts to take his team into a six-point lead. Scotland have to score a converted try to earn a positive result here.
    72''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOOD! SCOTLAND 20-26 SOUTH AFRICA (JANTJIES)
    72''
  • Hastings gets caught underneath and he cannot release the ball under pressure from Louw. South Africa get the turnover and the penalty at the breakdown. Jantjies will take over kicking duties.
    71''
  • Dyantyi makes a poor effor at a catch from Russell's up and under. It hands Scotland a scrum at midfield.
    70''
  • Hastings is on for Horne for the home side, while Louw and Mbonambi enter the action for the Springboks.
    68''
  • MISS! Pollard hacks at his kick and misses the target by miles. Pollard spurns a huge opportunity to put his team in front by six points. An awful effort by his high standards.
    67''
  • Vermulen battles at the breakdown to win a penalty for the Springboks after he successfully won the ball on the ground from Gray.
    66''
  • The game is well and truly in the balance. Scotland are seeing a lot of the ball, but are not making the headway Townsend would have wanted to see from his team.
    65''
  • Price and Harris are on at scrum-half and full-back respectively, with Laidlaw and Hogg making way for the hosts. Nkosi is replaced by Kolbe for the Springboks.
    64''
  • MISS! Both sides exchange kicks as Hogg puts the visitors under pressure with another good run deep into the 22. Pollard clears, but doesn't get the distance. Russell lines up an ambitious kick for a drop goal, only to see his effort sail wide of the right post.
    63''
  • De Jager is on for the visitors to replace Snyman in the second row.
    61''
  • Scotland gather McInally's lineout and make good headway with their maul. However, South Africa's forwards are able to regroup and counter the pressure to slow the ball down. It's the Springboks that earn the scrum on the five-metre line.
    60''
  • Scotland's persistence at the breakdown pays dividends as they win a penalty in the South Africa 22. Laidlaw sends the ball into touch, the home side are going for the try rather than the kick to level.
    59''
  • Kitshoff and Malherbe make way for Thomas du Toit and Koch. South Africa change both of their props.
    58''
  • Laidlaw sends a kick through the line for the run of Hogg, but Le Roux is well placed at the back to block him off and guide the ball out for a lineout.
    57''
  • Le Roux is back on, while Jantjies replaces De Allende for the visitors. Berghan, Brown and Strauss enter the field for Scotland. 
    56''
  • Jones finds space in the South Africa line and he charges out of the Scotland 22. He takes the ball over midfield before he finally gets brought down by a desperate challenge from Papier.
    56''
  • NO GOOD! Pollard misses his kick for the first time today as his effort cannons off the post and Scotland are able to clear their lines.
    55''
  • South Africa are doing a fine job with 14 men and they win a penalty as Horne is penalised for not rolling away. Pollard will have another chance to go for the posts.
    54''
  • Scotland have another problem at the scrum. This time an early drive is an issue for Dell. The visitors have dominated the set-piece.
    52''
  • Pollard hammers his kick between the uprights from an acute angle on the left flank. He remains perfect with his attempts on goal today.
    50''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOOD! SCOTLAND 20-23 SOUTH AFRICA (POLLARD)
    50''
  • McInally is penalised at the breakdown for not rolling away. South Africa's pressure hands them a penalty to restore their advantage.
    49''
  • South Africa are straight on the offensive as Scotland fail to gather from the restart. Nkosi tries to go for the line as he did last week against France, but on this occasion he is brought down before he can score. The Springboks are applying the pressure even with 14 men.
    48''
  • Laidlaw brings Scotland level with another composed kick between the posts.
    47''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOOD! SCOTLAND 20-20 SOUTH AFRICA (LAIDLAW)
    47''
  • Yellow Card
    YELLOW CARD! Le Roux goes into the sin bin for a deliberate knock-on and Scotland have a penalty. That is a harsh decision on the Springboks.
    46''
  • Le Roux almost intercepts a pass from Horne in the direction of Seymour on the right flank. It's a knock-on against the South Africa full-back, but the referee wants a second look to see if it was deliberate.
    46''
  • Reid makes way for the home side to be replaced by Dell.
    45''
  • Jones executes the kick to perfection, knocking the ball over the top of Nkosi. The ball bounces inside the 22 before heading out, leaving South Africa with work to do from the lineout.
    44''
  • Russell takes possession in the middle of the park and goes for the kick rather than a run, but he slices his effort off his boot and doesn't quite get the distance he would have planned.
    43''
  • We're back under way at Murrayfield.
    41''
  • South Africa hold a narrow lead over Scotland at the break at Murrayfield. It has been an action-packed half as the two teams have enjoyed a fierce battle. The Springboks claimed an early advantage when Jesse Kriel went over the line, but Peter Horne responded for the home side. Handre Pollard quickly put his team back in control, only for Scotland to rally once again as Hamish Watson touched down. Pollard's boot was able to restore South Africa's lead before the interval, but it has been an even contest.
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  • HALF-TIME: SCOTLAND 17-20 SOUTH AFRICA
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  • The boot of Pollard continues to be reliable for the visitors. He swings his leg and the ball flies through the posts to allow South Africa to regain the lead before the interval.
    39''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOOD! SCOTLAND 17-20 SOUTH AFRICA (POLLARD)
    39''
  • Scotland lose the battle at the scrum once again as Reid is penalised for collapsing. Pollard has the chance to restore South Africa's lead.
    38''
  • Laidlaw sends his effort through the post from a difficult angle on the left flank, nailing an important effort to level the scores.
    35''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! SCOTLAND 17-17 SOUTH AFRICA (LAIDLAW)
    35''
  • Scotland are back in the game now with a well-worked move from their lineout. McInally fakes the throw into the line and finds Watson, who makes a move inside in front. He collects and touches down without being challenged. It all came from Hogg's run.
    34''
  • Try
    TRY! SCOTLAND 15-17 SOUTH AFRICA (WATSON)
    34''
  • Hogg attempts to create something out of nothing from the back. He weaves his way through tackles before kicking over the head of Nkosi. Le Roux has to race across the field to kick into touch ahead of his opposite number.
    33''
  • The Springboks earn the penalty at the breakdown following an impressive defensive stand. However, from the resulting kick, Pollard fails to find touch. A rare mistake from the South Africa fly-half.
    32''
  • The home side move the ball well downfield to the edge of the South Africa 22, but a wall of green shirts holds them from breaking further into scoring position.
    31''
  • McInally's lineout puts Scotland under pressure on the edge of their own 22, but Gray puts his body on the line to gather under pressure.
    29''
  • Laidlaw brings Scotland back within seven points by firing his strike through. The home side needed that effort.
    27''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOOD! SCOTLAND 10-17 SOUTH AFRICA (LAIDLAW)
    27''
  • Frustration for South Africa as Papier commits a mistake that allows Scotland to hit back with a penalty of their own. Laidlaw lines up the kick.
    26''
  • Pollard is good from 35 metres as he dispatches his kick through the posts with relative ease.
    25''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOOD! SCOTLAND 7-17 SOUTH AFRICA (POLLARD)
    25''
  • A setback for Scotland as Reid is penalised for collapsing the scrum under pressure from Kitshoff. It hands the visitors an opportunity to extend their advantage.
    24''
  • Pollard again sends his kick through the posts to put the visitors into a seven-point lead.
    22''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! SCOTLAND 7-14 SOUTH AFRICA (POLLARD)
    22''
  • South Africa hit back to restore their advantage. A loose pass from Russell put the home side under pressure at the back. Kolisi turned the ball over inside the Scotland 22. Papier quickly sent a pass out to the right and the ball worked its way to Pollard, who faked the pass to Nkosi before racing in for the score himself.
    21''
  • Try
    TRY! SCOTLAND 7-12 SOUTH AFRICA (POLLARD)
    21''
  • Scotland are level as Laidlaw has a simple kick between the posts and he dispatches his effort with ease.
    20''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! SCOTLAND 7-7 SOUTH AFRICA (LAIDLAW)
    20''
  • Scotland get on the board with a try to match the quality of the Springboks'. Jones started the move with a pass out of the back of his hands to release Maitland into space. He charged down the left wing before firing inside to Jones, who then released Horne for the score and he touches down unopposed.
    19''
  • Try
    TRY! SCOTLAND 5-7 SOUTH AFRICA (PETER HORNE)
    19''
  • Scotland work the ball from left to right and Skinner collects in space to have a run at South Africa line. However, the visitors hold firm to keep them at bay.
    17''
  • Marx makes a break through the Scotland line, but he gets held up inches short of scoring his side's second try. Kitshoff takes over, but he hangs on to the ball under pressure and is penalised.
    15''
  • Russell makes an error at the back as he sends his grubber kick straight to Le Roux, who supplies Nkosi with an offload to put Scotland on the back foot.
    14''
  • Scotland get quick ball from the lineout and Laidlaw sends a kick over the top for Hogg to chase, but Le Roux is well placed to gather and allow the visitors to clear their lines.
    12''
  • Hogg sends the ball deep into Springbok territory and the home side have a good attacking platform to put their opponents under pressure.
    11''
  • The home side win an important penalty at the scrum as the Springboks are penalised, with Kitshoff being the guilty party.
    10''
  • Scotland have to respond to the early score from the visitors. South Africa are continuing the momentum they displayed against France.
    9''
  • Pollard starts his day with a kick through the posts from the right flank.
    7''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! SCOTLAND 0-7 SOUTH AFRICA (POLLARD)
    7''
  • Out of nowhere South Africa storm into the lead with a brilliant try. Pollard made the initial break through the Scotland line before Papier took over taking them into the 22. Quick offloads under pressure allowed Marx to make a surge before Papier found Kriel to charge over the line from close range, powering between two challenges.
    6''
  • Try
    TRY! SCOTLAND 0-5 SOUTH AFRICA (KRIEL)
    6''
  • Scotland force an error at the lineout from the Springboks and are able to win a throw of their own after Papier was caught on the sideline.
    5''
  • Le Roux comes forward to join an attack at midfield, but he loses possession knocking the ball forward on the charge.
    3''
  • Scotland make an early drive at the Springboks defence, but the visitors hold firm and win a penalty to clear their lines.
    2''
  • We're under way at Murrayfield.
    1''
  • Scotland's only victory in the last 13 meetings was a 21-17 triumph at Murrayfield in November 2010 - a match for which Gregor Townsend was assistant coach. 
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  • South Africa have made two changes from their win over France last time out. Faf de Klerk is unavailable as he is playing for Sale Sharks, so Papier come into the side. Snyman is the other switch as he replaces Whiteley, which forces a reshuffle among the forwards as Du Toit drops back to flanker, while Vermulen slides into the number eight role.
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  • Scotland have made six changes to their side that defeated Fiji last time out. Reid, McInally, Gray, Toolis and Watson all come into the forward pack. Jones comes into the side at centre in the only switch among the backs.
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  • REPLACEMENTS: Bongi Mbonambi, Thomas du Toit, Vincent Koch, Lood de Jager, Francois Louw, Ivan van Zyl, Elton Jantjies, Cheslin Kolbe.
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  • SOUTH AFRICA XV: Willie Le Roux, Sbu Nkosi, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Handre Pollard, Embrose Papier; Steven Kitshoff, Malcolm Marx, Frans Malherbe, RG Snyman, Frans Mostert, Siyer Kolisi, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Duane Vermeulen. 
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  • REPLACEMENTS: Fraser Brown, Allan Dell, Simon Berghan, Josh Strauss, Jamie Ritchie, Ali Price, Adam Hastings, Chris Harris.
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  • SCOTLAND XV: Stuart Hogg; Tommy Seymour, Huw Jones, Peter Horne, Sean Maitland, Finn Russell, Greg Laidlaw; Gordon Reid, Stuart McInally, Willem Nel, Ben Toolis, Jonny Gray, Sam Skinner, Hamish Watson, Ryan Wilson.
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  • South Africa left it very late indeed to produce a comeback win over France. The Springboks were headed towards defeat at the Stade de France, but a string of penalties from Les Bleus kept them in the game. Bongi Mbonambi was the hero as he found space in the French defence for the game-winning score. Their two matches of the tour have experienced late drama and it would not be a suprise to see this contest go down to the wire.
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  • Scotland bounced back from their defeat at Wales in the opening week of the November Internationals with a dominant performance against Fiji. They were able to put 54 points on the board, with a confident attacking display. Gregor Townsend's men will know that they will have to be even better this week against the Springboks.
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  • Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the November International clash between Scotland and South Africa at Murrayfield.
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