Springboks win at Murrayfield 26-20

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Scotland players at the end of the rugby worldwide at Murrayfield.

SCOTLAND won't forget South Africa in a hurry.

It was a cracking good contest with something for everyone. "That's how you get better". Both teams displayed occasional brilliance when scoring tries in the first half although the match morphed into a tactical kicking contest after the break and the home side visibly exhausted in the final quarter.

No, Scotland won't forget this one in a hurry.

"Warren (Gatland) has managed to build a superb side with lots of experience, and they are playing a good, balanced game, plus they have good depth and quality in their squad".

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After two second-half penalty misses by the otherwise outstanding Blue Bulls pivot, however, it needed a 72nd-minute penalty by replacement Elton Jantjies to settle the match, stretching South Africa's advantage to six points.

Following his travails against Wales it was nearly inevitable that Huw Jones should bounce back with an inspirational performance.

However, Scotland fought back as Pete Horne finished off a fantastic move to get the hosts back into the game. "Discipline ... when you play like this and give stupid penalties away". 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.

Flyhalf Handre Pollard stepped his opposite, and scrumhalf Embrose Papier and tight forwards RG Snyman and Steven Kitshoff took the move into Scotland's 22.

"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.

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Jones' next trick was a little less impressive, as he lost the ball running back the restart and Pollard ran around Ryan Wilson, whose lack of pace in the wider channels was cruelly exposed.

The 21-year-old had played a total of 26 minutes in his five Test caps before Edinburgh and squared off against a seasoned campaigner in his opposite number, Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw.

The Scots are fresh from a resounding 54-17 win against Fiji but face a much tougher challenge at home to a resurgent South Africa side, who snatched a stoppage-time win in Paris last weekend. Then it took a last-ditch hack into touch by Le Roux to prevent Scotland's rampaging fullback Stuart Hogg from finishing a 60m break up the left wing. Greig Laidlaw succeeded with two conversions and two penalty goals.

That prospect appeared tantalisingly close at points during that second half, not least when the visitors were briefly down to 14 men after Willie Le Roux's yellow card or when at least two opportunities to make headway from line-out drives presented themselves.

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