• South Africa 55-6 Scotland

Vern Cotter’s initial month in assign of Scotland finished with a record better to a Springboks in South Africa. He did not need a compare opposite a side ranked second in a universe to conclude a mutation he needs to oversee, nonetheless 4 Tests in opposite countries in as many weeks would have taxed a nation with distant larger resources.

Scotland were outmuscled and overshoot in Port Elizabeth notwithstanding a changes South Africa had to make from a array opposite Wales since a players formed in Europe were not accessible for a Test compare outward a central window. The Springboks were some-more accurate, cohesive and cruel than they had been on a 3 prior weekends. The usually satisfaction for Scotland was that it could have been worse.

Sparked by a scrum-half Fourie du Preez, they played with a gait and directness that irrational Scotland. South Africa scored 3 tries in a opening 16 mins and it was usually when Du Preez postulated a leg damage that forced him off after 28 mins that Scotland were means to feel their approach behind into a game.

Adam Ashe was creation his entrance for Scotland during No8 even nonetheless he has nonetheless to start a compare for Glasgow. The diversion was 3 mins aged when he found himself fortifying his line as Marcel Coetzee, upheld by a bulk of Duane Vermuelen, looked to finish off a pierce that had started with a round from a tip of a lineout. Ashe was forced retrograde and it was to take Scotland a while to understanding with a earthy competence of their hosts.

By then, they had conceded dual some-more tries. Willie le Roux, a tormentor of Wales, scored a fourth try in 4 matches in Jun after a weighted pass from a entrance fly-half Handre Pollard before dual prolonged passes authorised JP Pietersen to get outward Peter Horne and chip to a line for Lwazi Mvovo to collect adult and score.

Duncan Weir had kicked a chastisement for Scotland though it was not until after 20 mins that they asked anything of a South Africa defence. It finished when a pierce from a lineout was thwarted by Bismarck du Plessis forcing a turnover on his line, though as a Springboks mislaid breadth in a deficiency of Du Preez, a Scotland scrum-half Henry Pyrgos started sniping around a fringes and anticipating open spaces.

He forced South Africa to dedicate some-more players to a relapse and infringe. The early gait of a diversion was mislaid as a referee, Glen Jackson, kept reaching for his whistle. He blew for 18 penalties in a initial half though it was not until after a 50th notation that he remembered where his yellow label was after Tim Swinson had been speckled pulling behind an competition off a ball.

Scotland were afterwards 22-6 behind, Weir’s chastisement usually before a mangle countered by Pollard 4 mins into a second period, though by a time Swinson returned, his side was 28 points behind and confronting a record better opposite a Springboks in South Africa. Swinson had hardly sat down when Coetzee was driven over from a lineout and Le Roux’s prolonged pass to Pietersen stretched an already pained counterclaim and authorised a centre to see off 3 tacklers.

Two mistakes by Pyrgos in 3 mins resulted in a subsequent dual tries. The scrum-half’s pass to Dougie Fife was intercepted by Mvovo who had an unopposed 60-metre run to a line before a second quarrel Lood de Jager profited from Pyrgos’s disaster to secure a kick. Scotland had usually once conceded 50 points to South Africa and they were 90 seconds from preventing a second when De Jager scored his side’s eighth try.

“We gave them half their points and a initial 20 mins was a box of what not to do in rugby,” Cotter said. “This debate was about looking during players and where we wish to change to subsequent with a World Cup a year divided and there was not a lot to take from this. We were dominated physically during a finish of a prolonged deteriorate though we showed character. A lot of it is about faith and these guys have to trust some-more and repeat a good things we did.”

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