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Saturday, December 6, 1997 Published at 20:08 GMT


Springbok glory in Murrayfield
image: [ South Africa's 68-10 win at Murrayfield is their largest international victory over Scotland ]
South Africa's 68-10 win at Murrayfield is their largest international victory over Scotland

South Africa have completed their five-test tour of Europe with an impressive 100% record after defeating Scotland by a record 68-10 at Murrayfield.

Despite trailing 3-0 midway through the first-half after a Rowen Shepherd penalty, the Springbok full-back, Percy Montgomery, who finished with 26 points, and flanker Rassie Erasmus both went over to give the visitors a 14-3 lead at the break.

[ image: Rowen Shepherd scored Scotland's first points]
Rowen Shepherd scored Scotland's first points
In the second-half the Springboks cut loose, adding two tries from James Small as well as Pieter Rossouw, Gary Teichmann, Andre Venter, Montgomery, Andre Snyman and Franco Smith.

The only Scotland try came from Derek Stark.

Small's second try was his 20th in tests and took him past Danie Gerber's record of 19 tries for South Africa.

A comprehensive defeat

After having to defend for 15 minutes, Scotland edged ahead with a Rowen Shepherd penalty awarded for a South African offside.

But the Springboks quickly eased ahead in the 23rd minute with Montgomery's first try, converted by Jannie de Beer.

[ image: Montgomery scores the first of 10 Springbok tries]
Montgomery scores the first of 10 Springbok tries
Eight minutes before half time Johan Erasmus made it 14-3 when he crossed the line for a try, this time converted by Montgomery.

The first of South Africa's eight second-half tries came four minutes into the half. Rousseau made great use of his pace with a break through the middle and caught the Scottish defence flat as he passed to the overlapping Small who ran unchallenged to the line. The conversion made it 21-3.

The next try did not arrive for another 13 minutes but when it did it began a series of scores in quick succession.

Rousseau took a short pass at full speed and sprinted through the posts and two minutes later Teichmann ended a swift four-pass move by charging through the Scottish line for his fourth try in Springboks colors.

Shortly afterwards, the lock-forward, Tony Venter, was well positioned to collect a pass after a good interchange between Werner Swanepoel and Montgomery and after the full-back's conversion, the score stood at 42-3.

[ image: James Small scores his 20th try in international tests]
James Small scores his 20th try in international tests
The Scottish winger, Stark, briefly halted the streak of Springbok scoring when he ended a good move by taking a pass from Ian Smith to cross in the corner.

But then came another Springbok onslaught with three more tries in the last 10 minutes.

Montgomery took a pass at speed and charged clear of the Scottish defence. He could have scored himself but instead passed outside to the overlapping Small.

Five minutes later Montgomery collected the ball 35 yards out, went to pass outside but then changed direction to slice through the middle of the Scottish defence for his second try, which he converted for 54-10.

The final two tries came from Synman who charged through for the score and Smith who wriggled through a tiring Scottish defence.

It was South Africa's biggest ever score against an international team.

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