Published: Tue, November 20, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Pollard stars as South Africa down Scotland at Murrayfield — Sports activities Replace

Pollard stars as South Africa down Scotland at Murrayfield — Sports activities Replace

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend said: "Someone mentioned it to me in the tunnel but I've not seen it".

A yellow card went to Le Roux for a deliberate knock-on five minutes after the restart. On this particular day, in this particular game, South Africa had the edge. They've picked a huge pack and the intention is clear to bludgeon the Scots in traditional fashion - a tactic that has worked for them in 16 of 18 contests since they returned to the global arena, so why indeed would they change?

There were plenty of positives for Scotland and full-back Stuart Hogg was certainly one of them.

"We won the game with good defence and attack, but the maturity of this team is what shone through". Bar a couple of little errors that they capitalised on, I thought it was pretty good.

Pollard was named Man of the Match and in the process moved into third position on the all-time Springbok points' scoring list with 336 Test points, surpassing top try scorer Bryan Habana's 335. They did quite well at slowing us down.

But Erasmus admitted his side did not get the expected dominance in the scrums while Scotland also did well to stop the Boks' driving maul. Laidlaw admitted that in the end, that may have cost them. We just struggled to get the ball out. We had enough opportunities to put points on the board off the back of that.

Handre Pollard kicked 18 points in South Africa's victory
Scott Heppell Handre Pollard kicked 18 points in South Africa's victory

The incident occurred in the 31st minute of the match, with South Africa leading 17-10 at the time. "Obviously we had a good win over there in the summer", said Toolis, "but watching them play since then they have come on leaps and bounds".

iAfrica ran quotes from Boks captain Siya Kolisi, who said: "Today was very tough, all credit to Scotland". We knew how big a challenge it was.

Huw Jones carried the can for that Cardiff loss but the sometime Stormer showed brilliant skills on Saturday afternoon, taking full advantage of Malcolm Marx jumping out the defensive line to flip the ball behind his back, twice in the same move, first to Sean Maitland who returned his pass for Jones to do the same trick with Horne, sending his centre partner over the line. Their sole try was a length of the field, well-supported chase after an interception by Duncan Weir, and scored by Tommy Seymour. It was exactly what we kind of talked about through the week - outworking them, from the width, and resetting.

"We'll be there to front up and won't take a step back".

"It was nice to pick them off".

"I've been really impressed with the coachability of the squad".

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