These two teams sit side by side at fifth and sixth in the world rugby rankings and for much of Saturday's Murrayfield match it was equally hard to split the two.
It was a cracking good contest with something for everyone.
Scotland's courageous new world under Gregor Townsend, Fortress Murrayfield and the game played at blinding pace, faces the proper acid test at last this afternoon.
No, Scotland won't forget this one in a hurry. One penalty of his took play from deep inside Scotland's 22 to within 20 metres of the Bokke try line. Handre Pollard sealed the win with a successful penalty in the second half.
Scotland players at the end of the rugby international at Murrayfield
Following his travails against Wales it was nearly inevitable that Huw Jones should bounce back with an inspirational performance.
But Scotland replied with an even better try as Jones offloaded out the back to Sean Maitland, before the Glasgow Warriors star followed up to send Horne over the line. It's always going to be in the back of your mind the last time you played a team, especially 12 months out from a World Cup. His cover tackle stopped Tommy Seymour in the second half, he scooped 18 individual points and his excellence only highlighted the inconsistent nature of his opposite number because Finn Russell had one of his up-and-down displays.
South Africa were first to score in the sixth minute through centre Kriel after Pollard had cut through the home defence with a darting run to set up the chance.
Pollard found a gap in Scotland's midfield before unloading to Embrose Papier, with the scrum-half using supporting forwards to make ground before finding Kriel.Читайте также: Brooklyn rapper 6ix9ine indicted on racketeering charges
"Last week I said it was a 50/50 (for him to be ready), I'm a little bit more optimistic this week", said Erasmus. The recalled 24-year-old produced two reverse passes in a flowing move that resulted in Horne touching down. Pollard spotted the mismatch in pace he had up against Ryan Wilson and was gone in a flash.
The incident occurred in the 31st minute of the match, with South Africa leading 17-10 at the time.
The hosts were given further encouragement after the restart when Willie le Roux was sin-binned, with Laidlaw successful again from the tee to tie the scores once again.
Scotland split the front of the lineout and Watson darted into the gap to catch Stuart McInally's low throw and dive over. Greig Laidlaw succeeded with two conversions and two penalty goals.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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On the decision not to level at 23-23 after being awarded a penalty, he added: "It's a players' decision". The gamble didn't pay off.Код для вставки в блог