Springboks hold off Scots to take 21-10 victory

Martyn Herman

Despite spending uch of the game in their own half, the Springboks withstood a second-half fightback to down Scotland 21-10 at Murrayfield.

South Africa's hooker Adriaan Strauss scores his second try during the International rugby union test match between Scotland and South Africa at Murrayfield in Edinburgh. (Ian Macnicol, AFP)

Having impressed when scoring three tries in their defeat by the All Blacks last week, Scotland went into their shells in the first 40 minutes against a tactically aware and powerful Springbok side.

They were staring down the barrel of a heavy defeat when South Africa hooker Adriaan Strauss scored his second try of the match early in the second half, but after reserve halfback Henry Pyrgos finished off a well-worked move from a lineout five minutes later, Scotland spent much of the match camped in the opposition half.

They were unable to add to the scoreboard however, but will be buoyed ahead of their final November international against Tonga next Saturday, a match they will be desperate to win given that they have dropped to a world ranking of 10 and the third group of World Cup seeds after Samoa's win over Wales on Friday. – Reuters.

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