South Africa tour - Murrayfield, 17 November 2013, 15:00 local, 15:00 GMT
Scotland (0) 0 - 28 (21) South Africa (FT)

Match coverage:  Report

Summary

Time Score  
 

Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage. This could be an interesting test for Scotland

3

This is not going well for Scotland, under the cosh form the off and forced to defend for all their lives. They eventually lose patience and the South Africa kick the penalty to the corner. " I don't think I've seen such a sustained start to a rugby match," says Gavin Hastings. "Scotland did their job tackling their man time and time again, but they got caught at the end and conceded the penalty. It was as if they were saying 'we've had enough of tackling"

4 0 - 5

Oh dear. Try That was men against boys as South Africa simply bulldozed through some powder-puff defence

5 0 - 7

Lambie - conversion

9

Scotland make it into the visitors' half for the first time in possession. Yes, it is that one-sided

10

Scotland under pressure kick straight into touch. It seems as if they want the ball out of their 22 whatever it takes

12

First scrum of the match - a Scotland forward pass - and it takes almost two minutes for it to remain static and upright enough for the restart

13

Ref's had enough and SA get the free-kick. But the surface is so poor nobody can get a grip

15

When will those running the game realise the need for a good surface for good rugby. Murrayfield soft and horrible

16

Scotland concede two penalties in one move - offside and a deliberate obstruction. This ought to be an easy three points, 35 yards out and fairly central

17

Oops, a lot of loft but to the right. The crowd cheer. They are not going to much chance to do that so they take it when they can

19

More desperate defence inside the 22. Scotland try to run it out but meet a wall of Boks and eventually they boot clear for some respite

20

Murrayfield is suffering from worms weakening the root structure so we are told.

21

Powerful run into the 22 from JP Pietersen who takes about six defenders with him. Scotland defend well - Sean Lamont to the fore - and that deserves the applause it gets

22

SA have 86% of the possession and 93% of the territory while on the attack

23

Scotland show some enterprise but are then penalised for being off their feet and that brief spark is extinguished

25

Outstanding block from Richie Gray a yard out saves Scotland and they win the penalty seconds later. That was a huge save

28

Finally a really good spell for Scotland as they take the game to the Boks and the crowd wakes from its slumber and gets behind them

29 0 - 12

And just as Scotland start to throw the ball around there's a fumble deep in the South African half by Sean Maitland, Willie le Roux picks it up and he's got the pace and nobody gets near him

30 0 - 14

Under the posts, easy

31 0 - 19

Willie le Roux breaks from his own half, runs 30 yards through tackles and sends a cross-field chip into the right corner, JP Pietersen picks up low and has the momentum to lurch over the line. Lovely try and that sinks Scotland

32 0 - 21

When it's not your day ... the kick hits the posts and wobbles through

33

@OutClosetRugby - Murrayfield's worms should be applauded for their defensive skills by keeping the Scots in the game.

35

For the first time Scotland got into the SA 22 ... for about three seconds but they were there

36

Sustained Scotland pressure but just as they start to look settled in attack there's a knock on

37

Frans Malherbe's second appearance ends with a painful walk off the pitch and he is replaced by the .. er ... well built Coenraad Oosthuizen

38

Nice chip through but well picked up by the impressive Willie le Roux, but Scotland soon after get the penalty and they'll kick into the corner

39

Bone-crunching defence holds the Scots up

40

Scotland get the scrum yards out. This is as close as they have been to a score. They half ends scrappily as the ball squirms into touch

 

Thirty players ready for the re-start but not an official in sight. Might make for a much better game? Finally they decide to appear and we are ready to rumble again. Marcell Coetzee on the field in place of Willem Alberts

40

Scotland on the attack with a lovely chip to the wing where Nick de Luca takes on the full and is bundled into touch. In fact, SA get the penalty so the pressure is flickering

43

Scotland penalty for handling on the ground allows them to kick to the SA 10-yard line

45

Lovely kick to the wing, Sean Lamont nips in ahead of JP Pietersen

49

Back and forth, all in Scotland's half through with neither side really looking like making inroads at the moment

50

Scotland run a penalty and are rewarded with territorial gain, they get inside the SA 22 at last and for the first time the visitors scramble to defend

51

South Africa gain possession and Scotland are caught on the counter, a long downfield kick from Bryan Habana is hacked into touch five yards from the Scottish line. This will be dangerous as Scotland look weak in this position

52 0 - 26

And it's a try as Duane Vermeulen wins the lineout and the pack just pile through the powder-puff defence. Scotland show some fight in the post-try scrap that follows. Frustration as much as anything. Coenraad Oosthuizen, who came on at the break, gets the credit

53

Straight as a die from near the touchline and there are some boos ringing out now

54 0 - 28

Lambie - conversion

55

A raft of substitutions for Scotland as Duncan Weir, Scott Lawson and Ryan Grant come on

58

Scotland win a penalty and cheers as they kick to within six yards of the South Africa line

59

Both sides huff and puff five yards out but Scotland making little progress

60

Another penalty for Scotland is kicked into touch five yards out

61

Scotland win it but for all their efforts they cannot break down the defence and South Africa get the penalty as Scotland fail to give enough support in attack and they are swamped by green-shirted defenders

62

Shades of Gray - Jonny Gray on for Richie

64

Max Evans, Johnnie Beattie and John Barclay come on for the Scots, Ruan Pienaar on for the Boks

66

Good Scotland pressure stirs the crowd but the South Africa defence holds and eventually the referee brings the Scots back for a penalty as they are not getting any advantage. Another kick into the churned-up corner

67

South Africa win the scrum after a knock-on and the pressure ends

70

After a succession of penalties the referee has had enough and Marcell Coetzee is yellow carded. Unlucky for the individual but not the team

71

Kicked into the corner and more defence from 14-man South Africa

72

Scotland batter at the door but South Africa hold form inside ten yards of their line. And again Scotland conceded a penalty while attacking

75

JP Pietersen makes a great saving tackle as Scotland attack and David Denton seemed to be in. Hard tackle which sent Denton into touch and wins him high fives from team-mates. Two or three minute delay as a South African player gets treatment

76

Scotland continue to press hard but openings are snuffed out quickly

77

Up to the TV official to see if a diving Max Evans got the vital touch ahead of Bryan Habana. Celebrations were muted and the replays don't look conclusive. Evans got a touch but it looked short of the line and it's a knock-on. The TV official making a complete mess of communicating his decision, That took a full three minutes.

79

Limp ending to the game. Scotland have the territory but simply cannot make the vital inroads when inside the final 10

80

And that, thankfully, is that. The rain gets heavy as the referee blows for time and the crowd that remain head swiftly for the exits. All South Africa until the game was dead and buried but credit to Scotland for keeping going to the end.

Timeline

Time Scotland  Score  South Africa
0 start of first half start of first half
4 0 - 5 Alberts - try
5 0 - 7 Lambie - conversion
29 0 - 12 le Roux - try
30 0 - 14 Lambie - conversion
31 0 - 19 Pietersen - try
32 0 - 21 Lambie - conversion
36 Oosthuizen - sub on
Malherbe - sub off
40 end of first half end of first half
40 start of second half start of second half
Alberts - sub off
Coetzee - sub on
52 0 - 26 Oosthuizen - try
54 0 - 28 Lambie - conversion
55 Weir - sub on
Jackson - sub off
Ford - sub off
Lawson - sub on
Dickinson - sub off
Grant - sub on
56 Mtawarira - sub on
Steenkamp - sub off
59 Etzebeth - sub on
Botha - sub off
60 du Plessis - sub on
Strauss - sub off
61 RJ Gray - sub off
JD Gray - sub on
64 Evans - sub on
Beattie - sub on
Barclay - sub off
Seymour - sub off
du Preez - sub off
Pienaar - sub on
68 Laidlaw - sub off
Cusiter - sub on
70 Coetzee - yellow card
de Villiers - sub off
Engelbrecht - sub on
75 Steyn - sub on
Louw - sub off
80 end of second half
end of half
end of second half
end of half
0
80

Notes

 
Result South Africa won by a margin of 28 points
 
Ground name Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance 49278
 
Referee J Garces (France)
 
Scotland Test debuts JD Gray
South Africa Test debuts none

Teams

Scotland South Africa
Tries none Tries Alberts (4), le Roux (29), Pietersen (31), Oosthuizen (52)
Cons none Cons Lambie (5, 30, 32, 54)

Match stats

Scotland   South Africa
0 Tries 4
0 from 0 Conversion goals 4 from 4
0 from 0 Penalty goals 0 from 1
0.0% Kick at goal success 80.0%
0 Dropped goals 0
Kick/pass/run
20 Kicks from hand 28
153 Passes 115
109 Runs 105
281 Metres run with ball 298
Attacking
50% (33%/66%) Possession (1H/2H) 50% (67%/34%)
51% (28%/73%) Territory (1H/2H) 49% (72%/27%)
0 Clean breaks 3
11 Defenders beaten 7
5 Offloads 5
92 from 96 (95.8%) Rucks won 89 from 93 (95.7%)
8 from 9 (88.9%) Mauls won 7 from 7 (100.0%)
20 Turnovers conceded 11
Defensive
120/7 Tackles made/missed 122/11
94.0% Tackling success rate 92.0%
Set pieces
5 won, 0 lost (100.0%) Scrums on own feed 5 won, 0 lost (100.0%)
15 won, 6 lost (71.4%) Lineouts on own throw 12 won, 4 lost (75.0%)
Discipline
6 (1) Penalties conceded (Freekicks) 13 (1)
0/0 Yellow/red cards 1/0

Scot stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB Maitland 0/0 0 5/6/5 17 0 0 1 1 0/0 1/0 0 0/0
W Seymour 0/0 0 1/0/5 36 0 2 0 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
C de Luca 0/0 0 0/6/4 16 0 0 2 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
C Taylor 0/0 0 1/0/9 9 0 0 0 2 8/4 0/0 1 0/0
W Lamont 0/0 0 1/3/7 63 0 3 0 4 3/0 0/0 2 0/0
FH Jackson 0/0 0 7/17/1 5 0 0 0 3 7/0 0/0 0 0/0
SH Laidlaw 0/0 0 2/67/1 4 0 1 0 0 2/1 0/0 1 0/0
P Dickinson 0/0 0 0/1/2 0 0 0 0 1 11/1 0/0 0 0/0
H Ford 0/0 0 0/0/4 0 0 0 0 0 14/0 0/0 0 0/0
P Low 0/0 0 0/3/3 4 0 0 0 0 7/1 0/0 0 0/0
L RJ Gray 0/0 0 0/0/6 4 0 0 0 0 7/0 5/0 1 0/0
L Hamilton 0/0 0 0/2/5 4 0 1 0 0 5/0 2/1 1 0/0
F Strokosch 0/0 0 0/3/7 17 0 0 1 3 19/0 2/0 0 0/0
F Barclay 0/0 0 0/3/7 8 0 0 0 2 12/0 0/1 0 0/0
N8 Denton 0/0 0 0/5/18 36 0 1 0 2 10/0 4/0 0 0/0
(H) Lawson 0/0 0 0/2/3 3 0 0 0 0 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Grant 0/0 0 0/2/5 3 0 0 0 0 4/0 0/0 0 0/0
(L) JD Gray 0/0 0 0/1/4 7 0 0 0 1 0/0 1/0 0 0/0
(F) Beattie 0/0 0 0/1/4 14 0 0 1 0 2/0 0/2 0 0/0
(SH) Cusiter 0/0 0 0/20/2 14 0 1 0 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
(FH) Weir 0/0 0 3/11/6 15 0 1 0 1 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
(W) Evans 0/0 0 0/0/1 2 0 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

SA stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB le Roux 1/1 5 8/5/7 111 2 2 1 1 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
W Pietersen 1/0 5 0/0/7 40 1 2 0 1 4/0 0/0 1 0/0
C Fourie 0/0 0 0/3/3 11 0 0 1 2 8/0 0/0 2 0/0
C de Villiers 0/0 0 0/5/5 8 0 2 1 2 4/1 0/0 0 0/0
W Habana 0/0 0 2/0/6 37 0 0 0 3 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
FH Lambie 0/0 8 9/9/7 7 0 1 0 0 11/1 0/0 1 0/0
SH du Preez 0/0 0 6/71/3 12 0 0 1 1 4/0 1/0 0 0/0
P Steenkamp 0/0 0 0/0/3 1 0 0 0 0 4/0 0/0 0 0/0
H Strauss 0/0 0 0/3/11 7 0 0 0 0 7/0 0/0 1 0/0
P Malherbe 0/0 0 0/0/1 0 0 0 0 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
L Botha 0/0 0 0/3/6 2 0 0 1 0 4/3 1/2 0 0/0
L van der Merwe 0/0 0 0/0/8 3 0 0 0 0 16/1 2/1 0 0/0
F Louw 0/0 0 0/3/3 5 0 0 0 1 8/2 1/0 0 0/0
F Alberts 1/0 5 0/0/11 19 0 0 0 0 3/0 0/0 2 0/0
N8 Vermeulen 0/0 0 0/1/9 27 0 0 0 0 11/0 6/1 0 0/0
(H) du Plessis 0/0 0 0/1/2 0 0 0 0 0 2/1 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Mtawarira 0/0 0 0/0/3 0 0 0 0 0 3/0 1/0 0 0/0
(P) Oosthuizen 1/0 5 0/0/6 8 0 0 0 0 12/1 0/0 2 0/0
(L) Etzebeth 0/0 0 0/0/2 0 0 0 0 0 2/0 0/1 0 0/0
(F) Coetzee 0/0 0 0/0/2 0 0 0 0 0 12/0 0/0 2 1/0
(SH) Pienaar 0/0 0 2/11/0 0 0 0 0 0 2/1 0/0 0 0/0
(F) Steyn 0/0 0 1/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
(C) Engelbrecht 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

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