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Andy Robinson hails Scotland victory over South Africa


Scotland's 'physicality' impresses Robinson

Head coach Andy Robinson was delighted to see Scotland topple South Africa and bounce back from their trouncing at the hands of New Zealand last weekend.

"What a difference a week makes," Robinson told BBC Sport after the 21-17 victory at a wet Murrayfield. "They're tough conditions to play in.

"Some people say they are Scottish conditions but I think the guys handled it very well.

"It got tough at times. The whole side, everybody, played their part."

Stand-off Dan Parks kicked six penalties and a drop-goal as Scotland won the second autumn Test to make amends for the chastening 49-3 loss to New Zealand.

After a shaky opening, Robinson saw his side get the better of the Springboks all over the sodden Murrayfield pitch and he was full of praise for several players, including centre Joe Ansbro, who made an assured debut.

Scotland stars happy to bounce back

"It was tough physically for the players today," explained Robinson. "You saw Richie Gray come of age today, Richie Vernon come off the bench and perform well, Scott McLeod was running the line well. Joe Ansbro in his first game played really well.

"We have to perform at that level every time we play and, if we do, we can get results like this.

"Even when we went six points down I thought we were fighting and scrapping for lots of ball.

"I am delighted with the result but obviously we need to perform again next week (against Samoa). That's the measure of a team: you can't just have one-off performances. We have got to step up to the plate next week and that is our focus."

Captain Rory Lawson echoed the coach's praise and hailed the team spirit after the hard-earned win over the 2007 world champions.

"Those conditions were really brutal out there today," said the scrum-half.

"It was all about field position and we got the upper hand on that. It was all about being together and working hard for each other."

Man-of-the-match John Barclay added: "I think after last week we were so bitterly disappointed.


"This is a step in the right direction. The belief is so strong, (we are) a very tight squad. We knew if we could play to our abilities we could win these games."

Morne Steyn kicked four penalties and Willem Alberts crashed over for a late try but the Springboks saw their hopes of a European Grand Slam derailed in the Edinburgh rain.

It was Scotland's second win over South Africa in 41 years and Al Kellock, who watched from the stand, was impressed by his team-mates.

The Glasgow skipper, who may return from injury in time to face Samoa next weekend, told BBC Radio Scotland: "It's hugely significant, especially after last week's result.

"The pack really stood up and said 'look, we're going to take you on' and they took them on all game and got the better of them.

"John Barclay was outstanding again. Consistently he puts in the performances that merit man-of-the-match.

"He was brilliant at the breakdown and he led from the front.

"The same goes for Allan Jacobsen. The South African pack came here expecting to get their driving maul going, expecting to be able to crash round the sides.

"Allan stepped forward every time and said 'you are not passing me'.

"The guys will be buoyant going into training on Monday and we'll use this momentum to get a win up in Aberdeen against Samoa."

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Scotland 3-49 New Zealand
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