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November 17, 2018

Scotland come up short

Posted by Editor on November 17, 2018 07:56 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Peter Horne
Scotland went down 26-20 to South Africa in a hard-fought Test at Murrayfield this evening.

South Africa led 20-17 after an action-filled first half, Jesse Kriel going over early on and Handre Pollard adding a second try.

But Peter Horne finished off a breathtaking Scotland move and Hamish Watson went over after a clever line-out call.

After the break Willie Le Roux was sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on, but Scotland failed to take advantage.

South Africa's power and breakdown skills allowed saw emerge from the 10 minutes a man down with their three-point lead intact as Pollard and Greig Laidlaw traded penalties.

In a bruising final quarter, Finn Russell put a long-range drop-goal just wide, before Elton Jantjies nailed a long-distance penalty to stretch the lead to six.

And the Springboks held out impressively to inflict Scotland's first home defeat in a year, and the second of their autumn series.