Scot­land no match for Spring­boks depth

Taranaki Daily News - - Sport -

South Africa thumped Scot­land 55-6 yes­ter­day and im­pres­sively showed their depth of rugby talent was a class above.

With the match fall­ing out­side of the IRB’s in­ter­na­tional win­dow, the Spring­boks were miss­ing seven France-based play­ers while the tourists were with­out their English Pre­mier­ship charges, and the gap in qual­ity be­tween the re­place­ments was clear, as South Africa ran in eight unan­swered tries.

Flanker Mar­cell Coet­zee, winger Lwazi Mvovo and lock Lood de Jager scored two tries apiece. Wil­lie le Roux and JP Pi­etersen also got on the score­sheet for the hosts, while IRB ju­nior player of the year Han­dre Pol­lard, fresh from com­pet­ing in the un­der-20 World Cup in New Zealand, notched five con­ver­sions and a penalty on his in­ter­na­tional de­but.

Fly­half Dun­can Weir’s two pen- al­ties were as good as it got for Scot­land, who found them­selves out­classed in just about ev­ery depart­ment.

Al­though Vern Cot­ter’s in­ex­pe­ri­enced side showed a will­ing­ness to front up to South Africa’s phys­i­cal game, it was of­ten guilty of miss­ing tack­les and con­ced­ing penal­ties.

‘‘We knew that play­ing against the Spring­boks you’ve got to start well but we were a bit slug­gish,’’ cap­tain Grant Gilchrist said.

Hav­ing won in the United States, Canada and Ar­gentina dur­ing the past three weeks, it was in­evitable that the Scots would tire, and as they did so the flood­gates opened.

The only downside for South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer was an an­kle in­jury to first-choice half­back Fourie du Preez, who was re­placed by Hougaard in the 29th minute.

‘‘His con­trol of the game is im­por­tant to us,’’ Meyer said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.