Springboks conquer Edinburgh in Scotland’s first loss at Murrayfield

Murrayfield Stadium in the sunlight

By Andrea Triunfo

After crushing Fiji, Scotland fell short against the Springboks with a 26-20 defeat at Murrayfield.

Scottish fans celebrated last week after an outstanding win over the Fijians at 54-17.

Tommy Seymour scored a hat-trick of tries to ensure the Scots’ tenth win in the last 11 matches at Murrayfield.

But this week the Scots hosted South Africa on Saturday in the second of the Autumn Internationals to be played in Edinburgh, with less success.

The game saw Scotland trail 20-17 at halftime, and ultimately fall 26-20 at the final whistle.

Scotland will feel they contributed to both of South Africa’s tries, with Handre Pollard exploiting a gap between Hamish Watson and Ryan Wilson for the opener, before the hosts lost the ball in their own half for the second.

The game just saw three more penalties, two for South Africa, one for Scotland.

Pollard, the fly-half for the Springboks, scored 18 points by himself, ensuring the South African’s victory and leaving the Scots with bitter defeat.

Despite the loss, Scottish fans were enthusiastic:

Rob, 53, from Glasgow said: “It was a tough game. To be honest I didn’t think we could win it, but I was surprised at the low score, you know you kind of expect very open games when two teams like that play each other.”

Andrew, 27, from Edinburgh said: “No regrets at all. With a little bit more Scotland could have win it, but that’s Rugby, that’s the game.”

Even first timer Janet, 23, from Edinburgh said: “I really liked it. [Iv’e] never experienced a game at Murrayfield, they played well, doesn’t matter the result, I felt the energy in there.”

Springboks fans felt that the game was really on the line.

“Luckily for me the Springboks managed to win.” said Ed, 45, from Pretoria, South Africa: “Very intense game, I did enjoy it. We are the better team but this time, especially at the end, I was nervous. If Scotland scored, they would have probably ended the game”

The last game of the Autumn Internationals will be played at Murrayfield against Argentina, where Scotland has the chance to set their record at 2-2 for the series.

The Pumas are coming to Edinburgh after losing both games against Ireland and France.