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RWC 2023 | Boks on the board in Marseille

The Springboks beat Scotland by 18-3 (half-time 6-3) in their Rugby World Cup Pool B opener in Marseille on Sunday, a strong defence and excellent set pieces setting up the victory over the fifth-ranked team in the world.

After missing an early attempt, Manie Libbok found his aim and landed his second and third kicks at goal to put the Boks 6-0 ahead after 25 minutes.

The Boks lost Eben Etzebeth to an injury just after Libbok's second penalty goal, with RG Snyman taking the field.

The Boks would have enjoyed a bigger lead after dominating territory (62%) and possession (54%) in the first half, but Scotland defended well and after forcing two scrum penalties late in the half, Finn Russell landed the penalty goal on the stroke of half-time to make it 6-3.

Two quick-fire tries at the start of the second half put some daylight between the Boks and the Scots on the scoreboard. Pieter-Steph du Toit crashed over after good phase-play in the Scottish 22, and a few minutes later Kurt-Lee Arendse raced away for his 12th try in his 11th Test after a pin-point cross-kick from Libbok.

The scorers weren't troubled again after that, but the Boks kept the pressure on, with their defence setting the tone while the Bomb Squad also had the better of Scotland especially in the scrums.

Scorers:

Springboks 18 (6) – Tries: Pieter-Steph du Toit, Kurt-Lee Arendse. Conversion: Faf de Klerk. Penalty goals: Manie Libbok (2).

Scotland 3 (3) – Penalty goal: Finn Russell.

Source: Springboks Rugby

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