CAPE TOWN – The Springboks were in devastating form against Scotland at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, blitzing the Scots 55-6 to finish the June Incoming Series with four wins from four.
Bok flanker Marcell Coetzee powered his way past two Scottish defenders to score the first try of the match after just four minutes.
IRB Junior Player of the Year Handre Pollard slotted the conversion to pick up his first points as a full Springbok international.
Scottish flyhalf Duncan Weir responded with a penalty almost instantly to get the Scots on the board, but their joy was short lived as two quick-fire tries from Willie le Roux and Lwazi Mvovo stretched the Boks’ lead to 19-3 with just 17 minutes gone.
The alarm bells were ringing for the Scots, who rallied defensively to shore up their ranks and restrict the Boks to a few half chances, the most notable of which saw Mvovo fumble a Jan Serfontein attempted offload with the line beckoning after 33 minutes.
Weir slotted a long range penalty just before halftime to reduce the deficit to 19-6.
Pollard drew first blood for the Boks in the second half with a penalty, before Coetzee crossed Scottish line for the first try of the second period – a nice symmetry from the Sharks flanker, who scored the first try in the first half as well.
JP Pietersen twisted and turned his way past a few despairing Scottish tackles to crash over in the corner to put the Boks 34-6 ahead with just over 20 minutes to play.
Mvovo continued a stellar outing for the Boks’ Sharks contingent, intercepting a long pass and racing half the length of the field to dot down his second of the evening. Pollard converted to make it 41-6 to South Africa with 62 minutes played.
Marcell Coetzee gobbled up a loose ball near Scotland’s 10-metre line and managed to get an offload away to Cheetahs lock Lood de Jager, who outran the cover defence to score his first try for the Boks.
De Jager then ran an excellent line to collect a crash ball two metres out, busting over two Scottish defenders to score his second try of the match. Marnitz Boshoff slotted the conversion to pick up his first points in the Green and Gold, taking the score to 55-6.
The match ended with the Scots on the end of a proper thumping from the Boks, who had far too much quality for their opponents.
South Africa – TRIES: Coetzee (2), le Roux, Mvovo (2), Pietersen, de Jager (2). CONVERSIONS: Pollard (5), Boshoff. PENALTIES: Pollard.
Scotland – PENALTIES: Weir (2)
Article source: http://ewn.co.za/2014/06/28/Halftime-Springboks-X-X-Scotland