Erasmus believes nothing separated Scotland from Boks on Saturday

Scotland were left to rue their poor decision-making as they slumped to defeat

"They're probably the most physical team in world rugby so that's a huge challenge, for our forward pack especially but also throughout the team".

Scotland gave it one last go but there was no dream finish as South Africa held firm.

It was a cracking good contest with something for everyone.

Pollard was named Man of the Match and in the process moved into third position on the all-time Springbok points' scoring list with 336 Test points, surpassing top try scorer Bryan Habana's 335. If we played them tomorrow we wouldn't know who the victor would be.

Of the errors that need to be corrected ahead of next weekend's clash with Argentina, the soft underbelly that allowed South Africa to strike - particularly for the Boks' second when Handre Pollard danced through after the Scots coughed up turnover ball inside their own 22 - will be the most pressing for Townsend.

Following his travails against Wales it was nearly inevitable that Huw Jones should bounce back with an inspirational performance.

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Huw Jones' enterprising attacking play then set up Scotland's first reply after 19 minutes with a clever switch pass putting Pete Horne over at the end of sweeping move halfway up the field. And only in the final quarter did Scotland's forwards concede anything to the bigger South African pack. "It is always going to be on your mind, the last time you played them". His cover tackle stopped Tommy Seymour in the second half, he scooped 18 individual points and his excellence only highlighted the inconsistent nature of his opposite number because Finn Russell had one of his up-and-down displays.

Erasmus said lock Eben Etzebeth, the most experienced member of the tour squad, will be assessed on Tuesday to prove his fitness after missing the last two tests in Paris and Edinburgh. Pollard spotted the mismatch in pace he had up against Ryan Wilson and was gone in a flash.

Pollard added to his personal haul moments later when Scotland were penalised for collapsing a scrum, but Greig Laidlaw cancelled it out with a penalty of his own nearly instantly.

Scotland split the front of the lineout and Watson darted into the gap to catch Stuart McInally's low throw and dive over.

"In hindsight it's easy", reflected scrum-half and captain Greig Laidlaw, who returned a flawless place-kicking record of two penalties and two conversions.

A yellow card went to Le Roux for a deliberate knock-on five minutes after the restart. Laidlaw had another chance to level but opted to kick to the corner rather than take an easy penalty.

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