South Africa got the better of Scotland in their Rugby World Cup encounter as Springboks ran out winners after a superb first half where they lead 20-3. After the break however Scotland crawled back into the game but was not enough to see them through. Now South Africa sit top of the table with their destiny of qualifying to the knockout stages in their own hands.
South Africa lead Scotland 20-3 in the first half which ultimately was too much to overcome for brave Scottish side who put up a great fight in second half. South AFrica wins this one with 34-16 scorecard and strengthen their position in the pool B.
Scotland failed to cope with sheer physicality of South Africa and were no match specially in the first half where Habana, Pietersen and Burge scored penalties for the springboks.
All is not lost for Scotland as they can still qualifyif they can win their last group game next week. But they will have to improve in some aspect to stand any chance against the better teams. this is how the table looks as we move to last round of group games.
South Africa has kind of turned things around after their opening fixture defeat in the hands of Japan but now they have a superb chance of making their progress to knockout stages a reality when they take on Scotland a win will put them top of the table with 11 points and if they can get a bonus point they are virtually assured of knockout berth.
Match Details – Pool C
South Africa vs Scotland
Date: Saturday, 03 October 2015 – Kickoff: 16:45 uk time
Channels: ITV 1 (UK), TSN 1 (Canada), SuperSports (SA)
Match Preview: Scotland on the other hand can also seal their qualification to the next round if they can defeat South Africa on saturday afternoon kickoff at St James Park, Newcastle at around 16:45 uk time. This is how the points table of group b looks like after every team has played two matches.
Scotland Lineup: Scotland rested as many as 9 first team players against USA in a match which they won comfortably largely down to their impressive second half. So all the first team players are back in the lineup apart from Grant Gilchrist who suffered and injury ruling him out of the competition all together.
Springboks Lineup: South Africa on the other hand also lost their Captain Jean de Villier who suffered a jaw injury in their last game ruling him out of the rugby world cup and he also retired from international rugby. His absense leaves South Africa’s midfield quite inexperience which might be the key for Scotland. This is the confirmed lineup for South Africa.
Looking at the both teams South Africa are slight favourites going into the match but this Scotish team is no pushover and they will make life difficult for the springboks. The fact that its a must win game for two time world champions South Africa the pressure will be on them in front of what will be a packed stadium with majority of Scottish fans the team which will absorb the pressure better will go onto win the game. Its all sets up a superb day of rugby.