VIDEO: Clinical Boks brush off brave Scottish

Greig Laidlaw of Scotland fouls Bryan Habana of South Africa and receives a yellow card during their Group B encounter. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)


The Springboks dominated possession for the most part of the game as they piled the pressure on the Scottish defence, in the opening stages of the match.

Fourie du Preez captained the Springboks for first time in his career after Jean de Villiers was ruled out of the world showpiece with a broken jaw. Du Preez led from the front and dictated terms with his quick service and pin point supply.

The Boks were the first to draw blood when a well worked moved saw Schalk Burger go over the white line for his second try of the tournament, and JP Petersen scored his fourth try of the campaign at the stroke of half time.

In the 29th minute Springboks tight head prop Jannie du Plessis received a yellow card after he went flying at a ruck without rapping his arms and subsequently cluttering Fraser Brown on the bonce.

The two tries and supreme kicking from Handre Pollard saw the Springboks go into the half time break leading 20-6.

The Scottish team showed improvement in the second half, and put in a late surge as they looked to steal the game away from the Springboks.

In a tense last 20 minutes the Springboks held their nerve with Brian Habana scoring the third try in the 74th minute. The try was Habana’s 61st international try which left him needing eight more to go level with the all-time record holder Daisuke Ohata of Japan who has 69 rugby test tries.

The man of the match award was awarded to the ever impressive lock forward Lodewyk de Jager who had another impressive game with 13 carries and covering of 30 metres.

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