Murrayfield was treated to a mesmerising contest as South Africa held off a valiant Scotland comeback attempt to triumph 30-15 in Edinburgh, where Makazole Mapimpi and Stuart Hogg each scored a brace
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Springboks speedster Makazole Mapimpi skipped to a brace of his own either side of half-time in Edinburgh, while Elton Jantjies, Handre Pollard and Frans Steyn made key contributions from the tee.
Those kicking opportunities came thanks to a lack of discipline from the hosts, a trend that only worsened as the game wore on.
Scotland led 10-8 at the break after captain Hogg stormed in for his first try of the day, capping a back-and-forth opening half that rarely gave chance to pause.
But just as they had en route to a 23-18 win over Wales in Cardiff last weekend, South Africa wore down their hosts and eventually turned the penalty count in their favour.
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Fly-half Finn Russell will rue his missed opportunities from the tee, which left Scotland unable to make the most of their pressure in the game’s earlier phases.
Gregor Townsend‘s side spent much of the first half in their own half and were fortunate South Africa opted to kick for touch on more than one occasion, rather than kick for the posts to take an early lead.
Russell eventually kicked the hosts ahead after 16 minutes, but Mapimpi scooted down the left flank to briefly take the lead before Hogg’s first of the day swung the scoreline back in Scotland’s favour.
Spectators had barely settled back in for the second period before Mapimpi again shuttled down his wing, making the most of Rufus McLean’s rush up off the line to go in almost unopposed.
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Seventeen of South Africa’s 30 points came from kicks in the second period, with substitutes Pollard and Steyn coming on to steady the ship in a case of deja vu.
Hogg scored his second of the afternoon off an overlap to briefly reduce the margin down to six points, but that was as close as Scotland came to the comeback as the penalty count soared.
The Springboks have likely the most difficult task of their autumn next Saturday when they face England at Twickenham, hoping to make it three wins from three against their British hosts.
Scotland, meanwhile, will bring their November series to a close at home to Japan after suffering a seventh straight defeat to the Springboks, as well as a fourth consecutive loss to South Africa in Edinburgh.