South Africa 36 Scotland 16: White fights but Boks flatten Scots

Tourists no match for a powerful pack

A South Africa side initially frayed by nerves destroyed the Scots up front to register a thumping first Test win of 2006.

Scotland conquered France and England in the Six Nations but they discovered the harsh realities of life in the southern hemisphere yesterday as they were overwhelmed by the power and aggression of the Springbok pack. Only their captain, Jason White, who fought a tremendously physical battle with Schalk Burger, was really up to the task.

Scotland had been crushed in the scrums throughout the first half and two substitutions were made in the front row at half -time. The arrival of Dougie Hall and Craig Smith at least steadied the pack a little but a dangerous back row never had a chance to roam around the fringes because the platform had not been established further forward.

South Africa's caution, talking up the Scots all week and choosing as strong a side as possible, was puzzling. No one has been threatened by the Scottish scrummage for years.

The Springboks led 18-6 at half time and got out to 36-9 before deciding they had gorged themselves sufficiently. A substitute, Simon Webster, at last snatched a try for the Scots, in the 77th minute.

South Africa frankly overdid the respect for the Scottish eight, but in any case Eddie Andrews' scrummaging at tight-head was much improved, Danie Rossouw had a terrific game at lock and the back row were everywhere, with Burger, Joe van Niekerk and Juan Smith playing forcefully.

This year marks a century of Springbok rugby and the latest Boks got the celebrations off with a bang, even though there was a lack of precision in their game. Several chances went begging, especially in the first half, and the Scots could have been on the end of a 50-point drubbing.

One weapon which was firing was the Springboks' driven maul, and Scotland were out-gunned. Given the murderous pressure they were enduring in the scrums, ball supply was a constant problem. South Africa scored their first try after 15 minutes, when Burger drove over from a five-metre scrum. The video referee was needed to adjudicate, moments after the captain John Smit had been denied a try by the same official.

The full-back Percy Montgomery, who kicked an early penalty, converted and asecond try came three minutes later, Breyton Paulse stumbling after a break by the impressive Fourie du Preez but regaining his feet to reach the corner.

Chris Paterson landed his third penalty to make it 18-9 early in the second half, but the Springboks began to spread the play. The centre Jacque Fourie ran strongly, but it was Jean de Villiers' brilliant 52nd-minute break that sent Andre Snyman over for a try on his comeback.

Montgomery landed two more penalties and South Africa scored their fourth try, the full-back capitalising on a break by Ricky Januarie, a run by Rossouw and a clever straightening of the line by Jaco van der Westhuyzen.

South Africa: P Montgomery (Natal); B Paulse (Clermont), J Fourie (Lions), J de Villiers (Western Province), A Snyman (Leeds); J van der Westhuyzen, F du Preez (both Blue Bulls); O du Randt (Free State), J Smit (Natal, capt), E Andrews (Western Province), D Rossouw, V Matfield (both Blue Bulls), S Burger (Western Province), J van Niekerk (Western Province), J Smith (Free State). Replacements: W Olivier (Blue Bulls) for De Villiers, 54; L Sephaka (Lions) for Du Randt, 56; P Wannenburg (Blue Bulls) for Van Niekerk, 60; E Januarie (Lions) for Du Preez, 60; G Du Toit (Western Province) for Paulse, 61; J Muller (Western Province) for Matfield, 70; H Shimange (Western Province) for Smit, 75.

Scotland: H Southwell; C Paterson, M Di Rollo (all Edinburgh), A Henderson (Glasgow), S Lamont (Northampton); D Parks (Glasgow), M Blair (Edinburgh); G Kerr (Leeds), S Lawson (Glasgow), B Douglas (Borders), N Hines (Perpignan), S Murray (Edinburgh), J White (Sale, capt), A Hogg (Edinburgh), D Macfadyen (Glasgow). Replacements: S Webster (Edinburgh) for Lamont, 39; D Hall (Edinburgh) for Lawson, 40; C Smith (Edinburgh) for Douglas, 40; A Kellock (Edinburgh) for Murray, 59; G Ross (Leeds) for Parks, 63; S Pinder (Glasgow) for Blair, 71.

Referee: D Courtney (Ireland).

BUY RUGBY WORLD CUP TICKETS

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
i100
News
Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston, poses at the premiere of
people
News
people
News
The frequency with which we lie and our ability to get away with it both increase to young adulthood then decline with age, possibly because of changes that occur in the brain
scienceRoger Dobson knows the true story, from Pinocchio to Pollard
Voices
The male menopause: those affected can suffer hot flushes, night sweats, joint pain, low libido, depression and an increase in body fat, among other symptoms
voicesSo the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Life and Style
health
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

Bettany Hughes interview

The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
Bill Granger recipes: Heading off on holiday? Try out our chef's seaside-inspired dishes...

Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen