Springbok Women v Scotland Women

Scotland score six tries to seal the deal in South Africa

Report - South Africa 15 Scotland 38

Scotland faced the Springboks today in sweltering conditions in Cape Town for the second and final Test of their tour.

Their first tour for the women’s team was historic in more ways than one. It was Scotland Women’s first Test matches in the Southern Hemisphere and their first matches under Head Coach Philip Doyle. After a period of disappointing results last season, Scotland’s hard work was finally paying off as they rounded of the tour with a second consecutive victory against the South Africans.

From Springbok’s kick-off, Scotland were strong in their carries, but South Africa, spurred on by a strong home crowd where a different proposition all together from the first Test.

In the opening minutes, it became clear this would be a physical encounter and the Scotland forwards showed their dominance earlier on. However, South Africa were quick to counter and made it clear that they wanted to enforce their style on the game, taking advantage of Scotland’s errors.

However, five minutes into the game, a missed Sarah Law penalty turned into Scotland’s advantage as South Africa knocked the ball on in goal, resulting in a Scotland scrum on the South African 5m line.

Quick thinking from Konkel gave Scotland an early lead as she took a speedy tap penalty after South Africa were penalised in the scrum. She went over the line for Scotland’s first try of the match. Sarah Law added the extras. (0-7, 12mins)

After the restart, Scotland knocked on from the kick–off to give South Africa a scrum. The hosts nearly took advantage as they worked hard through their phases, but Scotland were relieved as they knocked on 5 meters from the line. A good boot from Law after the resulting scrum led Scotland upfield into a safer territory, showing why her move to fly half seems to have benefitted the team.

Shortly after a fantastic break from Maxwell brought even the home crowd to their feet as she flew up the pitch before offloading to Smith. South Africa chased back but for a last-ditch tackle five metres from the line it would have been a second for Scotland.

However, the visitors did not have long to wait until they got the next score on the board. Persistent pressure from the Scots resulted in consecutive penalties 5m from the Springboks line. This time, in a carbon copy of Konkel’s effort, it was Lisa Thomson that took a quick tap penalty to power over the try line for Scotland. (0-14, 21mins)

However, it was not all going Scotland’s way as it had in the first Test.Frustrating unforced errors gave the Springboks attacking opportunities and but for determined defence on their line their hosts would have registered their first points of the match. However, it was the hard work of the defence that forced a penalty, allowing the Scots to exit their 22m and gain territory further up the field.

It was from a set piece again that the Scots secured their third try of the match. Maxwell received the ball from the back of the much-improved Scotland scrum, making some yards before offloading to Rollie and then Smith, before Cockburn carried hard into the Springbok line. The pressure was too much as Scotland forced the hosts into a penalty, which Thomson took to put Scotland further up the pitch.

From the lineout Skeldon carried hard towards the line. Konkel repeated the effort and spotted the whitewash and dotted down as she was assisted over the line by her forwards pack. (0-19, 36mins)

As we entered the final minutes of the first half, South Africa’s hard carrying game started to gain some traction. Repeated pick and goes saw the hosts work their way up the field, ultimately leading to a penalty for South Africa as the hooter went. Minnaar stepped up to calmly slot home and put three points onto the board as the half time whistle blew.

Half-time: South Africa 3 Scotland 19

As Scotland got the second half underway, the Springbok started the second half as they finished the first, with some hard-hitting tackles. However, it was Scotland who managed to get the next score. Some patient play saw the visitors earn the right to go wide and Evans was on hand to go over in the corner and score Scotland’s fourth try of the afternoon. (3-24, 45mins)

If there was any thought that this was now going to be a repeat of Monday’s score that was quickly put to bed as soon after South Africa scored their first try of the match after their pick and go tactic finally delivered.Some dogged defence wasn’t enough as Scotland held them back for a couple of minutes before they found a gap and squeezed in for their opening try of the game. (10 – 24, 52mins)

Just as South Africa looked like they were going to turn the screw from the restart, Lloyd scored a superb break away try as she flew the length of the field to score under the posts for Scotland (10-31, 56mins)

It was end to end stuff now and South Africa bounced straight back.Once again their forwards pounded the Scotland defensive line. Similar to their first try they scored their second.After a period of sustained pressure, their forward pack got them over the line and they touched down as the home crowd roared them on. (15-31, 63mins)

South Africa really pushed hard in the final fifteen minutes of the match. They forced Scotland into errors in their own 22m and but for resolute defence on their own line, the Springbok could have scored more.

However, it was Scotland who were to have the final say. In the final few minutes, Konkel moved the ball well from the back of the scrum passing to Lloyd on the wing.Lloyd ran up the wing before offloading to Grieve. After maintaining their possession, Lloyd broke through the line one more time to the sixth and final try for Scotland as the full-time hooter blew.

Full-time: South Africa 15 Scotland 38

Talking on the victory, Head Coach Philip Doyle said: “South Africa played a different match to what we saw on Monday. They had more control and some very strong ball carriers.

“We had a good early lead which we thankfully managed to hold onto, even with late pressure from the hosts. When we tightened up, we looked dangerous and South Africa just couldn’t come back from that.

“To come away from this Tour with two victories is a fantastic success and I am thrilled for the whole squad. We have developed both on and off the pitch this week and two wins is a great way to start our season off.”

South Africa: Yonela Ngxingolo (Border), Annique Geswind (Western Province), Babalwa Latsha (captain – Western Province), Celeste Adonis (Boland), Karthy Dludla (KZN), Phelisa Mrwebi (Eastern Province), Nompumelelo Mathe (KZN), Edwaline Dickson (SWD), Unam Tose (Border), Anacadia Minnaar (Eastern Province), Shuneez van Heerden (Leopards), Sesethu Mtshazi (Western Province), Chumisa Qawe (Border), Piwokuhle Nyanda (Golden Lions), Chuma Qawe (Border)

Subs: Lindelwa Gwala (KZN), Noxolo Mankayi (Eastern Province), Onaka Jita (Boland), Prelene Pegram (SWD), Aseza Hele (Eastern Province), Tayla Kinsey (KZN), Aphiwe Ngwevu (Border), Nomawethu Mabenge (Eastern Province)

Scotland: Lisa Cockburn (Darlington Mowden Park); Lana Skeldon (Darlington Mowden Park); Mairi Forsyth (Corstorphine Cougars), Emma Wassell (Corstorphine Cougars), Siobhan Cattigan (Stirling County), Rachel Malcolm – captain (Loughborough Lightning), Louise McMillan (Hillhead Jordanhill), Jade Konkel (Harlequins), Jenny Maxwell (Loughborough Lightning), Sarah Law (Darlington Mowden Park), Rhona Lloyd (Loughborough Lightning), Lisa Thomson (Darlington Mowden Park), Hannah Smith (Watsonians), Abi Evans (Darlington Mowden Park), Chloe Rollie (Harlequins)

Subs: Jodie Rettie (Saracens) for Skeldon (77 mins), Panashe Muzambe (Edinburgh University/Watsonians) for Forsyth (68mins), Megan Kennedy (Stirling County) for Cockburn (52mins), Christine Belisle (Cartha Queens Park) for Malcolm (75mins), Rachel McLachlan (Darlington Mowden Park) for Cattigan (56mins), Mhairi Grieve (Firwood Waterloo) for Maxwell (52mins), Sarah Denholm (Edinburgh University), Helen Nelson (Loughborough Lightning) on for Evans (52mins).

Referee: Amber Hibberd

live commentary 2:00 PM Saturday 5 Oct 2019

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