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Sunday, June 29, 2014

South Africa stun Scotland with eight-try romp in Port Elizabeth

South African handed debuts to six players en route to a 55-6, eight try victory over Scotland at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. The win completes the Springboks' clean sweep in the June International window.

Young Handre Pollard started at flyhalf for the hosts, after having captained the Under 20 South African side in the Junior World Cup final just a week ago. He was one of multiple players that coach Heyneke Meyer handed debuts too for this once-off Test.

Marcell Coetzee, Lwazi Mvovo and Lood de Jager scored two tries apiece as South Africa powered past a Scotland side that won their three previous Tests, but weren't all that convincing. New coach Vern Cotter has remained postive however, stating that fatigue contributed to the heavy loss.

"There was a little bit of fatigue. We came across a powerful side. I thought the guys showed character. It's been a positive tour. For players and staff, it's been good."

The Springboks were missing numerous players to injury and unavailability due to English and French club commitments, but pulled together nicely as new combinations were explored.

Pollard was impressive in his first senior outing, justifying his rapid rise to the top. He kicked five conversions and a penalty, while the other two tries were scored by Willie le Roux and JP Pietersen.

"We are very happy with the game, just in the 15 minutes before halftime we got a bit loose and made some mistakes. But after halftime we pulled it together and started playing well again," said captain Victor Matfield post match.

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