#RWC2015: Boks give South Africans renewed hope

South Africa outscored the Scots by 3 tries to 1, while Flyhalf Handre Pollard kicked 19 points.

Springboks' Bismarck du Plessis fights for the ball during the Rugby World clash against Scotland on 3 October 2015. Picture: Rugby World Cup Facebook page.

CAPE TOWN - The Springboks have given South Africa renewed hope after they thrashed Scotland in the Rugby World Cup.

They now sit at the top of Pool B, following their 34-16 win Saturday night.

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

South Africa outscored the Scots by 3 tries to 1, while Flyhalf Handre Pollard kicked 19 points.

Former Springboks players have joined the rest of the country in congratulating the team after their emphatic win against Scotland.

Former Springbok wing Ray Mordt says South Africa were clinical and deserved the victory.

"I think that was really professional display, they won the contest at breakdown, their set pieces were outstanding. They controlled 60/70 percent of the game."

Despite the win, former captain Corne Krige thinks the team is still not performing at their best.

"I think we could be better, there's always opportunity for improvement but in general I'm very happy and I think it went well."

Krige says he is happy with the team's performance but says players can still do better than what they showed.

"I think every player there is room for improvement and they definitely can improve and will have to improve if they want to win in the quarterfinals and semifinals. But great they are top of the log and World Cup dream back on track."

Former Bok centre, De Wet Barry says the Boks have improved significantly over the past two weeks.

"We see a little more consistency, which is important going into the next game and then into the quarterfinals. We want to see guys consistently play well and perform well at that level."

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.

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