Scotland’s errors leave Stuart Hogg ‘absolutely devastated’ as captain insists his side ‘shot themselves in the foot’ during 30-15 South Africa defeat
- Stuart Hogg moved level with Tony Stanger and Ian Smith on 24 Scotland tries
- However, the gloss was taken off that achievement by a frustrating home display
- Finn Russell struggled and three late penalties put the Springboks out of sight
Scotland captain Stuart Hogg’s historic double against South Africa was no consolation as he bemoaned the self-destructive errors that led to a 30-15 defeat.
Scotland led the world champions 10-8 at half-time and Hogg gave them hope with his second try, which took him level with Tony Stanger and Ian Smith on top of Scotland’s all-time try-scorers list.
But Bok winger Makazole Mapimpi managed two tries himself as South Africa kicked to success with a 15-9 penalty count in their favour.
Stuart Hogg cut an unhappy figure as South Africa punished Scotland to win at Murrayfield
Three late penalties saw the Springboks move out of sight as they rcorded a 30-15 victory
Finn Russell missed several kicks he might have done better with, and three penalties in the final 15 minutes took the Springboks out of sight.
‘I’m bitterly disappointed with the result,’ Hogg said. ‘Especially in the first half, we felt we were in control of the game.
‘The first 20 minutes we defended like our lives depended on it and kept them out and went down the other end of the field and scored three points. That was huge for us.
‘Unfortunately, the second half didn’t quite go to plan. The boys are absolutely devastated about the result. The second half was far from where we needed to be.
‘You could say the Springboks were dominant, I would probably disagree. I would say we shot ourselves in the foot at times.’
Finn Russell struggled with the boot on a frustrating afternoon for Gregor Townsend’s men
It took the shine off a memorable day for Hogg as he equalled his country’s record of 24 tries