Brutal Boks bomb Scotland

Rassie Erasmus' Bomb Squad caused Scotland's defence to break with Pieter-Steph du Toit and Kurt-Lee Arendse scoring tries.

The Springboks kickstarted their World Cup title defence by unleashing the Bomb Squad to earn a victory over Scotland in Marseille on Sunday.

Tries from Pieter-Steph du Toit and Kurt-Lee Arendse in the second half helped the Springboks claim an 18-3 victory against a Scotland side that was determined to cause an upset.

There will, however, be concern over the status of Eben Etzebeth, after the second-row centurion limped off halfway into the first half.

The Springboks only took a three-point lead into the break, despite battering Scotland at the breakdown and causing no end of problems with aerial bombs.

A tense first half saw both sides get away with foul play, as Jesse Kriel escaped without punishment for a head-on-head collision, while Finn Russell was only penalised for a shoulder charge.

With Willie le Roux on the bench, the Springboks struggled to convert their dominance into points without the assist-king, only getting two Manie Libbok penalties as a reward.

Scotland, to their credit, fought back well towards the end of the first half and even won a penalty against the head just before the break, converted by Russell.

With the changeroom chat undoubtedly ringing in their ears, it didn’t take long for the fired-up Springboks to get a bit of payback, quickly winning a scrum penalty of their own to start the physical statement.

Once Rassie Erasmus unleashed the famed Bomb Squad, Scotland’s wall broke, as Du Toit forced his way over, before a moment of magic from a powerful counter-ruck saw Libbok find Arendse with a sensational no-look cross-field kick.

That gave South Africa enough of a buffer to see out the game, as Scotland saw plenty of possession in the closing stages, but could not find their way through an unrelenting defence.

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