Scotland 15-30 South Africa: Makazole Mapimpi magic lights up Edinburgh as composed kicks are key for the Springboks on a day when Stuart Hogg became the joint top try scorer for his country
- The teams exchanged penalties before Makazole Mapimpi got the first try of the game
- Stuart Hogg then reacted with a converted score to give Scotland the lead
- Mapimpi put the Springboks back up front before the visitors forged up front
- Hogg’s second attempt tied him with Ian Smith and Tony Stanger on 24 tries
- However, it couldn’t bring a win when the Springboks kicked their way home
South African wing Makazole Mapimpi scored two tries but it was the tourists’ forward dominance that set the stage for a resounding 30-15 win over Scotland in Saturday’s fall international series fixture at Murrayfield.
The Springbok pack delivered a powerful performance on the set, breaking down in an impressive show of brute force.
Elton Jantjies (3), Handre Pollard (2) and Frans Steyn all took penalties as the Scots were forced to frequent fouls.
Makazole Mapimpi’s two attempts helped South Africa take a 30-15 win over Murrayfield
Mapimpi got the first try of the game after the teams exchanged penalties early in the game
Stuart Hogg’s converted score then pushed Gregor Townsend’s men ahead in Edinburgh
Home captain Stuart Hogg scored two excellent attempts to become his nation’s joint top goalscorer of all time, while fly-half Finn Russell added a penalty and a conversion but also missed a number of easy attempts.
The Boxing World Champion, trailing 10-8 at halftime, took consecutive Autumn Nations Series victories after beating Wales last weekend and finishing against England at Twickenham next weekend, while Scotland hosts Japan.
South Africa, where director of rugby Rassie Erasmus resumed his controversial role as a water carrier, Scotland starved in the first 15 minutes of the ball but were unable to convert their time at the home side’s 22 into points, partly due to a good defense but also by their own inaccuracy.
The teams exchanged penalties before the visitors came forward, feeding on some sloppy Scotland play with the ball in hand.
Center Lukhanyo Am won the turnover and when the ball went wide, the electric Mapimpi ran down the sidelines to score a try.
Scotland hit back on poor ball retention by the visitors and showed good hands down the left wing as Hogg went over for a converted score that gave his side the lead at halftime.
But South Africa stepped up their game in the second half when their acclaimed Bomb Squad came off the bench to add fresh forward power that Scotland simply couldn’t counter.
Mapimpi restored South Africa’s lead before Rassie Erasmus’s team went clear
Hogg’s flying finish made him Scotland’s joint top scorer, narrowing the gap to six points
However, the penalties from Handre Pollard and Frans Steyn wiped out any hope of a comeback
Three minutes into the second period they came forward again when Am won another turnover and center Damian de Allende broke between two defenders before feeding master finisher Mapimpi to score his second try.
Jantjies extended the lead to 11 points on two penalties when the Boks’ forward force forced Scotland to foul in their own half, but the hosts stayed in the game with a second try for Hogg after a superb move from an attacking lineout .
At the time, they were six points behind, but the Scots missed three more attacking lineouts on their own pitch in quick succession, which was a momentum killer for them, and the visitors finished much stronger in the last 15 minutes.