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Live commentary: Springboks 30 Scotland 17


SARugbymag.co.za brought you live commentary from the quadrangular series match in Nelspruit.

Springboks – Tries: Penalty try, JJ Engelbrecht. Conversions: Morné Steyn (2). Penalties: Steyn (2), Pat Lambie.
Scotland – Tries: Matt Scott, Alex Dunbar. Conversions: Greig Laidlaw (2). Penalty: Laidlaw.

FULL-TIME: SPRINGBOKS 30 SCOTLAND 17

80 mins: SERFONTEIN TRY, LAMBIE CONVERSION (2/2). BOKS 30 SCOTLAND 17

79 mins: Boks work the driving maul, but Scotland hold up. Van Zyl spreads the ball and Serfontein carries the ball over the chalk, beating three defenders in the process. Lambie adds the extras, which proves to the be last act of the game. 

77 mins: The Boks run play through the blindside and expose some space. But Basson is brought down inches short and Scotland force the knock-on. They clear play, but South Africa run back towards the chalk through Kolisi. Scotland are penalised, and Lambie gains ground via good touch-finder.

75 mins: Du Plessis makes another steal, and Boks are on the counter-attack. Scotland's cover defence struggle to settle with possession and lose the ball forward. Boks have an attacking scrum inside the strike zone.

74 mins: LAMBIE PENALTY (1/1). BOKS 23 SCOTLAND 17

74 mins: Strokosch is blown for offside, which gives Lambie his first shot at goal.

72 mins: Bismarck du Plessis showing why Heyneke Meyer pushed him back into the Test side, making the tackle and forces the steal, which wins a penalty. Gets a big hit on the nose for his effort. 

68 mins: Van Zyl replaces Pienaar to make his Test debut.

67 mins: Scotland concede another free-kick at the scrum for an early engagement, and are given a final warning. Steyn puts the ball up, but Scotland gather the up-and-under and put together a counter-attack. Oosthuizen makes a crucial steal and wins a penalty.

66 mins: Huge cheer as Bismarck du Plessis returns to Test rugby. The big man can't hide his smile. 

64 mins: Boks showing good patience on attack and work their way into Scotland's 22m area. But again, the visitors show great resilience on defence and force the turnover. They clear play back into the Boks' territory.

62 mins: It's a big scrap for possession in the midfield, and it's Kolisi who makes the crucial steal. Boks win the feed to a scrum on the halfway line.

58 mins: Scotland create an attacking chance from the restart, but Dickinson is blown for offside, letting South Africa off the hook.

55 mins: ENGELBRECHT TRY, STEYN CONVERSION (4/5). BOKS 20 SCOTLAND 17

55 mins: Boks work their way back into Scotland's strike zone. This time they make it count. Le Roux receives the ball at flyhalf, and delays his pass enough to put Engelbrecht through a gap. Steyn converts.

52 mins: Boks miss their opportunity as they are penalised for playing the ball on the ground. Untidy stuff from the hosts. Scotland clear play.

51 mins: TMO recommends a yellow card, and Hamilton is sent to the sin bin. Boks kick for touch and will look to punish 14-man Scotland. YELLOW CARD

50 mins: Big scuffle off the ball as Etzebeth reacts angrily to Hamilton's push in the face. Referee checks for any foul play via the TMO.

49 mins: PENALTY TRY, STEYN CONVERSION (3/4). BOKS 13 SCOTLAND 17

49 mins: The Boks build a strong rolling maul and are on their way to the whitewash. However, Scotland bring them down inches short, but they're punished for doing so in an illegal manner. The hosts are gifted a penalty try for their efforts. 

48 mins: Habana gets obstructed as he chases the kick, Dunbar the guilty party. Boks are awarded a penalty, which sees Steyn kick for the corner.

46 mins: STEYN MISSED PENALTY (2/3). BOKS 6 SCOTLAND 17

45 mins: Strokosch is blown for offside as the Boks are on attack. Steyn steps up for his third penalty attempt, but misses.

43 mins: DUNBAR TRY, LAIDLAW CONVERSION (3/3). BOKS 6 SCOTLAND 17 

43 mins: Scotland win possession and put themselves into a good attacking position. A good break from Swinson pulls in the Bok defence, and the visitors find space out wide, which sees Dunbar dive in. Laidlaw adds the extras from a difficult angle.

42 mins: Laidlaw's delivering accurate box kicks in this match. His latest snipe finds space at the back and forces play into Boks' red zone.

41 mins: Horne kicks off high and deep. Le Roux gathers and puts in a good clearance, near Scotland's 22m line.

HALF-TIME: SPRINGBOKS 6 SCOTLAND 10

38 mins: Wilson is the second Scottish player to be pulled off early as he limps off with an arm injury. Denton, who was schooled in the Eastern Cape, gets an early run.

37 mins: Boks are struggling on attack. They're not building any momentum and are guilty of too many individual mistakes. Poor handling allows Scotland to regain possession.

33 mins: Boks work their way into Scotland's red zone via a kick to touch. Kolisi makes a great break to put the Boks on the front foot. However, Coetzee uses Strauss as a shield 5m from the chalk and is penalised for obstruction. Scotland boot play into safety.

32 mins: Scotland lose Jackson to injury, and Horne comes on at flyhalf. 

28 mins: Boks showing early signs of frustration. They concede a free kick for taking too long to feed a lineout. Strauss throws the ball to the ground in anger. Scotland are enjoying a good period of ascendancy.

25 mins: Boks win a penalty from a midfield scrum, and opt to pursue the try. Boks put themselves into a good position, but Scotland win a turnover and clear the danger.

20 mins: SCOTT TRY, LAIDLAW CONVERSION (2/2) BOKS 6 SCOTLAND 10

20 mins: Scotland score a surprise try to regain the lead. Seymour's chip and chase finds space behind the hosts' defensive line, but Basson makes a great cover tackle. However, the Boks struggle to scramble back and Scott enjoys an easy run in under the posts. Laidlaw converts.

17 mins: STEYN PENALTY (2/2) BOKS 6 SCOTLAND 3

16 mins: Scotland leak another penalty on defence, and Steyn steps up for his second penalty attempt.

15 mins: Big tackle from Etzebeth, which puts Scotland under pressure in their own half. The visitors are blown for a forward pass, giving the Boks a scrum in a dangerous position.

13 mins: STEYN PENALTY (1/1) BOKS 3 SCOTLAND 3

12 mins: Boks are struggling with ball in hand against an aggressive Scottish defence. However, Wilson concedes a penalty at the breakdown for not releasing the tackled player and Steyn will get his first chance at goal.

9 mins: Scotland are finding gaps in the Bok defensive line, but Strauss makes an important turnover, using his boot during a counter-ruck.

7 mins: LAIDLAW PENALTY (1/1) BOKS 0 SCOTLAND 3 

6 mins: Scotland are enjoying some attacking momentum and are awarded a penalty in a kickable position as Coetzee is guilty of a breakdown foul.

4 mins: The Boks are dealt an early blow as Botha picks up a injury during an awkward fall on defence. The young flank's game is over. Kolisi is called up off the bench and runs on for his Test debut, followed by big cheers from the crowd.

3 mins: The Boks carry the ball for a few phases before Strauss is isolated and concedes the penalty for holding on. Scotland clear play into South Africa's territory.

2 mins: A poor clearance from the lineout gifts the Boks an early attacking opportunity.

1 min: Steyn kicks off deep and Scotland let the ball bounce. It goes over Seymour and Kruger almost gathers possession. However, the ball goes into touch. 

Springboks – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Arno Botha, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein.

Scotland – 15 Peter Murchie, 14 Sean Lamont, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 Ryan Wilson, 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Scott Lawson, 1 Alasdair Dickinson.
Subs: 16 Stevie Lawrie, 17 Jon Welsh, 18 Moray Low, 19 Alastair Kellock, 20 David Denton, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Duncan Taylor.

Photo: Duif du Toit/Gallo Images

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