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Scotland v Souuth Africa: Scots thrilled to bring back pride to blue jersey

Match-winner Dan Parks was thrilled with Scotland's response to their humbling by New Zealand as Andy Robinson's team defeated South Africa.

Parks kicked six penalties and a drop goal as Scotland recovered from a 49-3 loss to the All Blacks with a 21-17 victory over the Springboks, the 2007 world champions, in the second EMC Autumn Test at Murrayfield .

“It was fantastic to hear that final whistle,” Parks said.

“It's been a tough week. It was humiliating last week.

“New Zealand played very well and we were quite poor in stages and if you're going to be poor in stages against the best team in the world you're going to get taught a lesson.

“We bounced back really well this week. We had a tough Monday, Tuesday and things started to pick up. We certainly showed we've got a lot of character behind us, our defence was fantastic and a lot of guys, disappointed with their performance last week, stepped up and proved they should be wearing that Scotland jersey.”

Morne Steyn kicked four penalties and Willem Alberts crashed over for a try for South Africa, whose hopes of a Grand Slam after wins over Ireland and Wales are now over.

Alberts' score came through a gaping hole in the Scotland lineout but replacement fly-half Patrick Lambie missed the conversion, leaving the visitors facing a four-point deficit with nine minutes remaining.

Parks, whose tactically astute kicking pushed Scotland into South African territory throughout, was pleased with how the hosts coped with the Springboks' surge.

He added: “South Africa are ranked number two in the world, so they're a quality team. They're going to keep coming at you.

“For us it was about trying to get in the right areas, still playing our running game as well.

“I thought we varied our game well and in the end it was enough, because we got the right positions, got the penalties and were able to kick over the points.”

Flanker John Barclay was named man of the match for his scavenging role which helped to disrupt and frustrate South Africa.

“The relief after the game was immense,” said Barclay.

“We were bitterly disappointed last week in the manner of our defeat and we really felt like we owed it to ourselves, owed it to the public. The way we played was testament to that.

“Winning Test matches is very hard. They're world champions, let’s not forget that.”

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