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Summary

  1. Result: South Africa 34-16 Scotland (St James' Park)
  2. Handre Pollard scores 19 points as SA top Pool B
  3. Victory would have put Scotland into the quarter-finals
  4. Scotland play Samoa in their final match next Saturday
  5. Click on live coverage tab for BBC 5 live & Radio Scotland commentary

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By Brendon Mitchell

All times stated are UK

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That's a wrap

Vern Cotter
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So, Scotland will have to wait a little longer to book their spot in the World Cup quarter-finals. It could be an anxious old final weekend of the group stages.

Speaking of anxious, now seems a good time to turn our attentions towards some minor fixture happening down the road at Twickenham this evening.

You can follow all the build-up to England v Australia with Aimee Lewisright here.We'll see you there!

South Africa 34-16 Scotland

This is the final possession graphic. South Africa spent the majority of the match attacking and with the ball - and are worthy winners.

Possession
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Coach reaction: Vern Cotter

South Africa 34-16 Scotland

Scottish players do a lap of the pitch
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Scotland head coach Vern Cotter: "We were better in the second half, the first half we did not have a lot of possession and at times we were going backwards because they put in such a powerful performance. But congratulations to South Africa.

"Now we have got seven days to prepare for the match against Samoa. We haven't had seven days of preparation between games up to now, so we have got time to iron a few things out.

"We will be able to spend a bit of time preparing and training, and hopefully no injuries. We're looking forward to it."

How they stand

South Africa 34-16 Scotland

Right then, that Pool B table. It definitely looks a lot nicer for South Africa's fans now than it did at the start of the match.

But it is not the result Japan were hoping for. They will need to beat USA in their final group game, and then hope either South Africa or Scotland fail to beat USA or Samoa respectively.

Any Scotland win versus Samoa in Newcastle next Saturday will take them into the quarter-finals.

Pool B table
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Calculators are at the ready once more, so we'll have a Pool B as-it-stands table with you in just a few moments. Whatever the maths, however, I think it's safe to say that Scotland will need to beat Samoa in their final group game to squeeze into the last eight.

Meanwhile, please do get in touch with your thoughts on Twitter using #bbcrugby.

Full-time

South Africa 34-16 Scotland

South Africa v Scotland
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The Scots did threaten a revival in that second half, with Tommy Seymour's try keeping the Newcastle crowd interested, but Handre Pollard's trusty boot and Bryan Habana's late touchdown put an end to that.

Full-time

South Africa 34-16 Scotland

South Africa's players celebrate
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And that will be that. South Africa the better side across the piece, and they leapfrog Scotland back to the top of Pool B.

South Africa 34-16 Scotland

The game continues to peter out as South Africa have the put-in at a scrum now, deep inside their own half.

Just a handful of seconds remain.

South Africa 34-16 Scotland

Fraser Brown is back on for Ross Ford, who looks to be carrying an injury. Scotland could do without that.

We're into the final three minutes at St James' Park, the crowd quiet, subdued, the Springboks delighted with their day's work.

South Africa 34-16 Scotland

A South Africa knock-on means we'll have a scrum on halfway, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne the man who'll insert.

The two packs hold firm initially, but then collapse to prompt a reset.

Try - Habana, missed con Pollard

South Africa 34-16 Scotland

Bryan Habana scores a try
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And, after Schalk Burger breaks the line to leave Scottish defenders scampering, Bryan Habana is left with a relatively simple sliding finish in the corner.

Handre Pollard misses the posts, but it matters not now. The Springboks have done their job.

South Africa 29-16 Scotland

South Africa's Schalk Burger is tackled by Scotland's Blair Cowan
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South Africa are up to the five-metre line, they sense blood, knowing they can finish this right here, right now...

South Africa 29-16 Scotland

It's patient stuff from Scotland, switching the ball from side to side in search of an opening, but the Springboks turn it over and now come forward themselves.

Into the final eight minutes - is this one done and dusted?

South Africa 29-16 Scotland

A Scottish maul
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Another Scotland change to tell you about as captain Greig Laidlaw is replaced by the fresh-faced Sam Hidalgo-Clyne.

The line-out is good, too, and the Scots are approaching the 22...

South Africa 29-16 Scotland

Scotland's Tim Swinson is tackled by JP Pietersen
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JP Pietersen's tackle is a clumsy one, I think it's fair to say, almost taking Tim Swinson over the horizontal - but referee Nigel Owens decides it's nothing more than clumsy, so it's a penalty and that'll be your lot.

South Africa 29-16 Scotland

Scrums
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This graphic shows the scrums that South Africa have won. But where are the ones Scotland have won, I hear you ask? Well there aren't any.

Meanwhile, the television match official is taking a look at JP Pietersen's tackle on replacement Tim Swinson...

Penalty - Pollard

South Africa 29-16 Scotland

And Handre Pollard is as reliable as ever from the tee, so their lead is 13 points.

Twelve minutes remain, where do we go from here?

South Africa 26-16 Scotland

Back on the pitch, the Springboks are coming forward again, up to Scotland's 22.

They have an advantage too, so Fourie du Preez tries to send JP Pietersen over in the corner - but he's beaten in the air by Tim Visser so we'll come back for the original infringement.

South Africa 26-16 Scotland

Greig Laidlaw
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South Africa 26-16 Scotland

A bit of concern for Vern Cotter here as star full-back Stuart Hogg is forced off, with Sean Lamont his replacement. 

And Jon Welsh and Peter Horne are on now too, replacing Willem Nel and Richie Vernon.

Penalty - Pollard

South Africa 26-16 Scotland

South Africa's Handre Pollard kicks a penalty
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It's almost on the halfway line, but Handre Pollard's effort has the legs and still the Scots are kept at arms' length.

South Africa 23-16 Scotland

But how often does this happen? David Denton fails to roll away at the base of a ruck following the restart, and Handre Pollard can restore that 10-point advantage almost immediately...

Penalty - Weir

South Africa 23-16 Scotland

Duncan Weir's kick is a good one and Scotland are back to within a converted try for the second time.

Meanwhile, Ross Ford is on for Fraser Brown at hooker.

South Africa 23-13 Scotland

Here come the Scots again - and South Africa have infringed at the breakdown for the ninth time in this contest. Indiscipline is beginning to prove costly.

With Greig Laidlaw still on the sidelines, Duncan Weir will go for the posts...

South Africa 23-13 Scotland

There are only 10 points in it, and South Africa's Handre Pollard has contributed 13 points to his team's total with two conversions, two penalties and a drop goal.

Handre Pollard
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South Africa 23-13 Scotland

"Scoootland, Scoootland, Scoootland..." Does the crowd believe again? Is this really on?

Not just yet, as Fourie du Preez inserts at a scrum for South Africa and Bryan Habana wings his way inside to take the Springboks forward... But the ball goes to ground.

South Africa 23-13 Scotland

Tommy Seymour
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South Africa 23-13 Scotland

Now another chance for Scotland, as Stuart Hogg dances past the first defender and into space - but his pass is forward! Frantic, frenetic and brilliantly entertaining stuff. 

Ryan Wilson on, Josh Strauss off. For South Africa, Adriaan Strauss replaces Bismarck du Plessis.

Sin-bin - Laidlaw

South Africa 23-13 Scotland

Scotland's Greig Laidlaw brings down Bryan Habana
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It's bedlam at St James' Park!

Within five minutes of scoring, Scotland have since seen Handre Pollard drop for goal and now Greig Laidlaw is in the bin.

Referee Nigel Owens had no option, either, after Laidlaw cynically brings Bryan Habana down as the wing looks to spring clear down the left.

Drop-goal - Pollard

South Africa 23-13 Scotland

That may turn into a handy three points, you know, as the Springboks pack sets a platform for fly-half Handre Pollard to drop for goal straight in front.

The lead is back to 10.

South Africa 20-13 Scotland

Scotland spill the restart so South Africa have the put-in at the scrum. Now, Vern Cotter has brought prop Alasdair Dickinson on for Gordon Reid - is he sensing an opportunity to get his big guns into the action?

Try - Seymour, con Laidlaw

South Africa 20-13 Scotland

Tommy Seymour
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Fantastic, game on!

Duncan Weir steps out of the line to steal a wayward pass and breaks at speed, jinking past a couple of recovering tackles and moving into the South African half.

Is he going to run out of steam? It definitely looks like it as JP Pietersen gets back to him, but an offload later and Tommy Seymour is able to dive over from close range.

South Africa 20-6 Scotland

Nigel Owens speaks to Scotland's Stuart Hogg
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A bit of controversy as Stuart Hogg goes down following a late challenge after booting the ball clear - but replays show he went tumbling a little easily, and Nigel Owens gives him a trademark ticking off.

South Africa are back on the attack now too, into Scotland's 22...

Penalty - Laidlaw

South Africa 20-6 Scotland

Scrum-half Greig Laidlaw's kick is a good one and Scotland are back to within a couple of converted tries of South Africa's score.

Scotland's scrum half and captain Greig Laidlaw kicks a penalty
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South Africa 20-3 Scotland

Scotland secure the ball and are around eight metres out, only for a crunching tackle from Handre Pollard on Blair Cowan to halt their progress. Wowzer.

There's another Springboks infringement in the middle of it all, however, and this time Greig Laidlaw will go for goal...

South Africa 20-3 Scotland

Schalk Burger has been penalised at the breakdown this time - but do Scotland take the points or go to the corner? To the corner it is!

A reminder, too, that the Springboks are still down to 14 men with Jannie du Plessis in the bin.

Kick-off

South Africa 20-3 Scotland

It's Duncan Weir's turn to start the second period, and the stocky Scotland fly-half kicks long, before Willie le Roux slices straight into touch.

South Africa 20-3 Scotland

Come on then, let's get cracking. The players are back out, the punters are slowly making their way back into their seats and referee Nigel Owens is moments away from getting us moving again.

South Africa 20-3 Scotland

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Here are the half-time territory and possession stats, and they don't make for brilliant reading if you're Scottish - particularly from a territory point of view.