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#RWC2015: Boks march on after Scotland victory

JP Pietersen scored his fourth try of the tournament, dotting down in the corner after some good team play.

Springboks' JP Pietersen scored his fourth try of the tournament, dotting down in the corner after some good team play just before halftime on 3 October 2015. Picture: Rugby World Cup website.

JOHANNESBURG - The Springboks have beaten Scotland 34-16 to record their second win of the tournament in their Rugby World Cup Pool B fixture being played St James Park in Newcastle.

They weren't at the best, but still led 20-3 at the halftime break with two tries, via Schalk Burger and JP Pietersen.

Bryan Habana got the third in the second half, which was also his 61st international try.

Flyhalf Handre Pollard was on song as well, he scored 19 points, slotting four penalties, two conversions and a drop goal, missing just one conversion attempt.

Both teams had a player sin binned. Prop Jannie du Plessis was yellow carded in the 33rd minute for what referee Nigel Owens deemed to be a shoulder barge into a maul.

Scotland's Greig Laidlaw was yellow carded for a cynical tackle without the ball on Bryan Habana in the second half.

Scotland looked a much improved side in the second half, scoring their only try of the game in the 48th minute.

Winger Tommy Seymour dotted down, after N0.10 Duncan Weir broke up a Springbok attack by intercepting in their own half. He raced up field, the ball ended up in Seymour's hands to score in the corner.

Seymour's try kept the Scots in the game at 20-13 after 48 minutes, but Pollard's accuracy from the kicking tee always ensured the Boks were in control.

Habana's try in the second half effectively won it for the Boks, as well as Pollard's accurate kicking put the game out of the Scots reach.

The win puts South Africa top of Pool B with 11 points, having won two games from three games played.

Scotland are second on 10 points, while Japan are third on 8 points.

The Boks next face the USA in their final Pool fixture on Wednesday at the Olympic Stadium in London.

Visit the Eyewitness News special Rugby World Cup 2015 portal.

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