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Brendon Mitchell

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  1. That's a wrap

    Vern Cotter

    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!

  2. 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.

  3. Coach reaction: Vern Cotter

    South Africa 34-16 Scotland

    Scottish players do a lap of the pitch

    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."

  4. 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.

  7. Full-time

    South Africa 34-16 Scotland

    South Africa v Scotland

    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.

  8. Full-time

    South Africa 34-16 Scotland

    South Africa's players celebrate

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Try - Habana, missed con Pollard

    South Africa 34-16 Scotland

    Bryan Habana scores a try

    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.

  13. South Africa 29-16 Scotland

    South Africa's Schalk Burger is tackled by Scotland's Blair Cowan

    South Africa are up to the five-metre line, they sense blood, knowing they can finish this right here, right now...

  14. 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?

  15. South Africa 29-16 Scotland

    A Scottish maul

    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...

  16. South Africa 29-16 Scotland

    Scotland's Tim Swinson is tackled by JP Pietersen

    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.

  17. South Africa 29-16 Scotland


    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...

  18. 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?

  19. 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.

  20. South Africa 26-16 Scotland

    Greig Laidlaw
  21. 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.

  22. Penalty - Pollard

    South Africa 26-16 Scotland

    South Africa's Handre Pollard kicks a penalty

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

  23. 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...

  24. 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.

  25. 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...

  26. 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
  27. 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.

  28. South Africa 23-13 Scotland

    Tommy Seymour
  29. 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.

  30. Sin-bin - Laidlaw

    South Africa 23-13 Scotland

    Scotland's Greig Laidlaw brings down Bryan Habana

    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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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?

  33. Try - Seymour, con Laidlaw

    South Africa 20-13 Scotland

    Tommy Seymour

    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.

  34. South Africa 20-6 Scotland

    Nigel Owens speaks to Scotland's Stuart Hogg

    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...

  35. 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
  36. 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...

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. South Africa 20-3 Scotland

    Action areas

    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.

  41. South Africa 20-3 Scotland

    JP Pietersen
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    So is there a way back into this for Scotland? Please do let us know what you think by using #bbcrugby on Twitter.

    For the record, no side has ever come back to win a Rugby World Cup match having trailed by 14 or more points at half-time.

    But records are there to be broken, right?

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    Hugh Smith: Can you imagine a footballer who is so tall that he has to bend over to look the ref in the eyes and saying "sorry sir"?

    iLanga Project: My favourite game...ancestry versus birth.

    Peebs: Duncan Weir needs to keep the ball in hand. His tactical kicking certainly isn't up to scratch at the moment.

  44. Half-time

    South Africa 20-3 Scotland

    Half-time score

    South Africa's best 40 minutes of the World Cup so far? I certainly think so.

    Head coach Heyneke Meyer will be a happy man looking at this scorecard.  

  45. Half-time

    South Africa 20-3 Scotland

    A final Scotland attack of the half, but Greig Laidlaw is stopped from going to ground and the clock ticks red, allowing referee Nigel Owens to bring to a close the first 40 minutes.

  46. Try - Pietersen, con Pollard

    South Africa 20-3 Scotland

    South Africa's JP Pietersen scores a try

    Vern Cotter must have known this would've been coming, but how do you stop it?

    The South African rolling maul is back in action and forces the Scots back. And, as they commit bodies to halting its progress, the Springboks spring out the back and tee JP Pietersen up for the simplest of finishes.

    Handre Pollard converts, the lead is 17.

  47. South Africa 13-3 Scotland

    The officials have been kept busy so far. The five white and red circles represent the penalties South Africa have conceded, the four black and red circles are Scotland's penalties conceded.

    And it was Scotland who did indeed infringe attempting to scamper back in that last passage of play, so South Africa head to touch...

  48. South Africa 13-3 Scotland

    Scotland are into South African territory, switching the ball from side to side, asking their forward pack to move them inches, metres up the field.

    But now it's stolen, and the Springboks are streaming forward... But then Duane Vermeulen's pass to Bryan Habana is wayward and the Scots escape.

    Breathless stuff.

  49. Missed penalty - Laidlaw

    South Africa 13-3 Scotland

    Greg Laidlaw kicks a penalty

    It was a long, long way out for Greig Laidlaw - so much so that it was a touch out of his range, and his kick falls slightly short.

    What can Scotland muster here, with five minutes or so to go to half-time?

  50. Sin-bin - Jannie du Plessis

    South Africa 13-3 Scotland

    Jannie Du Plessis is shown a yellow card by referee Nigel Owens

    Ah, that doesn't look too pretty from South Africa tight-head prop Jannie du Plessis, who came flying into that last ruck without wrapping his arms and subsequently clattering Fraser Brown on the bonce. A sore one.

    He'll spend the next 10 minutes in the bin, Greig Laidlaw will go for goal...

  51. South Africa 13-3 Scotland

    Scotland's Richie Vernon is tackled

    Scotland centre Richie Vernon's receiving some treatment now, as is back-rower Blair Cowan. This has been a bruising 33 minutes for the Scots.

    Now, we're heading to the television match official for an incident off the ball. What have we got here then?...

  52. South Africa 13-3 Scotland

    A Springboks charge is never far away though, up to the 22. Great hands from the forwards too, before Lood de Jager punches a little hole in the Scottish defence - but his good work is undone when Tendai Mtawarira comes off his feet and concedes a penalty.

    Lood de Jager
  53. Penalty - Laidlaw

    South Africa 13-3 Scotland

    And the Gloucester scrum-half lands the kick, so South Africa's lead is cut to 10 points.

  54. South Africa 13-0 Scotland

    Scotland do have their hands on the ball now though, just inside Springboks territory, and the South Africans infringe at the breakdown.

    Greig Laidlaw will attempt the three-pointer - and they could really do with this going over to provide some encouragement.

  55. South Africa 13-0 Scotland

    The green triangles represent the line-outs won for South Africa. The red one is the one they have lost.

    It came after 23 minutes and that is the first set-piece they have lost in the entire competition.

  56. Penalty - Pollard

    South Africa 13-0 Scotland

    Handre Pollard splits the posts from right in front and the lead stretches yet further.

    Scotland have spent little more than 6% of the match inside South Africa's 22.

  57. South Africa 10-0 Scotland

    A cracking little teaser forward from South Africa full-back Willie le Roux turns his opposite number Stuart Hogg, but his return kick only invites the Springboks to come forward again.

    They're 10 metres out in the blink of an eye - and they'll have a penalty too.

  58. South Africa 10-0 Scotland

    The two backlines trade a couple of kicks, before wing Tim Visser belts it out of play.

    Now, Stuart Hogg breaks from inside his own 22 but then captain and scrum-half Greig Laidlaw is penalised for crossing. If it could go wrong for Scotland at the moment, it's going wrong.

    But did I speak too soon? The Scots steal the line-out this time - the first that South Africa have lost in this tournament.

    Scotland's Jonny Gray steals a line-out
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    Steven Kinghan: Nice to see the home team winning at St James Park for once!

    Peebs: Horrific by the TMO! Double movement, whose hands, knock on? Obviously don't think about any of those issues!

    Andrew Priestley: Willie Le Roux is SA's most dangerous player, he's a world-class version of Stuart Hogg. Watch him explode into life this evening.

  60. South Africa 10-0 Scotland


    It's not looking overly promising just yet, is it?

    Scotland do, however, have a line-out on this near side after JP Pietersen's kick goes straight out of play... But it's stolen again!

    Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager are absolutely monstrous in that department. The two packs go to battle again.

  61. Penalty - Pollard

    South Africa 10-0 Scotland

    South Africa's Handre Pollard kicks a penalty

    Handre Pollard, with 21 points to his name at this year's tournament, makes it 24 from around 25 metres out, slightly to the left of the posts.

    A business-like opening quarter from the men in white.

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    Former England prop Duncan Bell is supporting the Scots. Are you?

  63. South Africa 7-0 Scotland

    South Africa, who've won 27 out of 27 line-outs already at this World Cup, secure the ball and get the rolling maul working. It rolls on, and on, and on... from halfway to Scotland's 22!

    Eventually it's dragged down illegally, so South Africa have a penalty and Handre Pollard will have a pop at the posts.

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  65. South Africa 7-0 Scotland

    South Africa finally got over the line after a sustained spell of possession. The atmosphere is like a home Scotland match, but the almost-hosts have only had 27% of the ball so far.

    The ball is kicked long by the Springboks and full-back Stuart Hogg calls the mark. A good time to settle things down a wee bit.

  66. Try - Burger, con Pollard

    South Africa 7-0 Scotland

    After much consultation, eventually it's decided that the ball is indeed grounded among a pile of bodies and the try will count. 

    It initially looks as though Bismarck du Plessis' hand was on the ball, but the try is instead awarded to Schalk Burger.

    Handre Pollard's conversion is good, South Africa lead by seven.

    South Africa's Schalk Burger
  67. Try review

    South Africa 0-0 Scotland

    Scotland's Duncan Weir can't stop Bismarck Du Plessis scoring for South Africa

    South Africa have an advantage, but still they knock on the Scottish door. They're a metre out... they're over! But is it down?

    We head to the television match official...

  68. South Africa 0-0 Scotland

    In the aftermath it's Scotland's turn to suffer the wrath of referee Nigel Owens, Richie Gray guilty of failing to release on the floor.

    The Springboks stream forward again, into the 22... Jannie du Plessis making yards now, up to the five-metre line...

  69. South Africa 0-0 Scotland

    Another Fraser Brown throw, another South African steal. An ominous start for Scotland at the set-piece.

    Now, we'll scrum down. There's a whole lot of family love across the two packs today, with the Gray brothers and Du Plessis brothers set to do battle.

    The Springboks secure the ball and clear long.

    Willie Le Roux clears the ball
  70. South Africa 0-0 Scotland

    But long-locked lock Lood de Jager infringes at the breakdown, coming off his feet in the heat of the battle, and Scotland head to touch on halfway.

    And the Springboks, so lethal at the line-out, steal it... but before you know it, it's back in Scottish hands once more.

    Another infringement allows them to head to touch again too - this time deep in Springbok territory.

  71. South Africa 0-0 Scotland

    Scotland's Johnny Gray wins a line-out

    Scotland's line-out is a good one too, but Stuart Hogg's arrowing pass out wide is ugly and forward and the Springboks will insert at the scrum.

    Their pack, just 4kg heavier than the Scots', get the job done. South Africa are into the 22...

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  73. South Africa 0-0 Scotland

    The Springboks have the ball back in hand and are into Scotland's half, working through the phases.

    Fourie du Preez, captaining South Africa for the first time today, pulls the strings - before Handre Pollard's hanging kick alludes Bryan Habana and drifts out of play.

  74. Kick-off

    South Africa 0-0 Scotland

    Welsh referee Nigel Owens is the man in the middle today and his whistle prompts South Africa fly-half Handre Pollard to boot long and get us under way.

    Scotland gather and Duncan Weir clears. We're up and running in Newcastle.

  75. Post update

    South Africa v Scotland (16:45 BST)

    The Scotland team during the national anthem

    Flower of Scotland is sounding just majestic, as it always does.

    I mentioned earlier than only 60 miles separate St James' Park from the Scottish Border - and the Scots have indeed turned this into a bit of a home match.

    Kick off is moments away.

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    All the pressure, then, is on South Africa...

    Adam Shaw: Is it just me that thinks South Africa have more pressure on them today? If they don't win, good chance they're out.

    The Dugout: This group is still wide open. Would love to see Japan get through the group, this is a huge game.

    Javel Bleach: Brilliant Japan! Connotations for South Africa are now huge! All in Scotland's hands!

  77. The teams are out

    South Africa v Scotland (16:45 BST)

    Right then, St James' Park is certainly in fine voice today. The two teams are out, both tracksuited and booted ready for the anthems.

    Scotland will be in their familiar blue this afternoon, South Africa in a rather less familiar white and green kit.

  78. How they stand

    South Africa v Scotland (16:45 BST)

    So we've had our calculators out, and we can tell you that Japan's 26-5 win over Samoa has taken them above South Africa into second position.

    If the Springboks lose and fail to take a bonus point against Scotland then they will be eliminated if Japan beat United States on Sunday, 11 October.

    If two nations finish the pool phase on the same amount of points then the head-to-head result is the deciding criteria.

    Pool B table
  79. Post update

    South Africa v Scotland (16:45 BST)

    Former Scotland captain Gavin Hastings will be co-commentating on the match on BBC Radio 5 live from the home of the Toon Army, St James' Park.

    To listen to Gavin's wise words hit the 'Live Coverage' tab.

    Gavin Hastings
  80. Post update

    South Africa v Scotland (16:45 BST)

    But now a stat to give Scotland fans some cause for optimism...

    South Africa defeats

    ... Or does that just mean the Springboks have got all their defeats out of their system already?

  81. Post update

    South Africa v Scotland (16:45 BST)

    Scotland v South Africa

    Here's a stat Scotland fans won't want to hear - they've never managed to beat South Africa outside of their own country.

    Now, in fairness, they've only played in South Africa seven times, with the two teams never having met on neutral territory before today.

    It's also probably worth pointing out that Newcastle lies just 60 miles from the Scottish border.

    But, alas, a stat is a stat.

  82. Scotland's second-string side?

    South Africa v Scotland (16:45 BST)

    Tim Visser

    So on the subject of all those Scotland changes, wing Tim Visserhas been busy trying to persuade us allthat their team isn't a weakened one for this afternoon.

    Recent impressive performers Sean Maitland and Mark Bennett are left out, while experienced front-row duo Ross Ford and Alasdair Dickinson are on the bench.

    "In a World Cup you don't go out half-hearted to get through to the next game," said Visser.

    "I don't think any coach puts out a second string squad to do that against South Africa."

  83. Post update

    Samoa v Japan

    I can tell you that today's other Pool B match at Stadium MK has literally just come to an end, with Japan hammering Samoa.

    You can follow the aftermath by clicking here.

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    It'd be easy to fall into the trap of making some terrible joke about Scotland producing some magic this afternoon, but you won't find me going down that road. Nope, not me...

  85. Team news

    South Africa v Scotland (16:45 BST)

    South Africa team

    Replacements: Adriaan Strauss, Trevor Nyakane, Frans Malherbe, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Willem Alberts, Ruan Pienaar, Pat Lambie, Jan Serfontein.  

  86. Team news

    South Africa v Scotland (16:45 BST)

    Scotland team

    Replacements: Ross Ford, Alasdair Dickinson, Jon Welsh, Tim Swinson, Ryan Wilson, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Peter Horne, Sean Lamont.  

  87. Team news

    South Africa v Scotland (16:45 BST)

    Duncan Weir

    Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has made a whopping 11 changes to the side that beat the United States last time out, with only Stuart Hogg, Tim Visser, Richie Gray and Josh Strauss retaining their places.

    Duncan Weir comes in for the injured Finn Russell at fly-half, while back-rower Blair Cowan, who was called into the squad as an injury replacement, is thrust straight into the starting XV.

    South Africa's team show three changes, as scrum-half Fourie du Preez captains the side in the absence of Jean de Villiers.

    Bismarck du Plessis steps in for Adriaan Strauss at hooker, Lodewyk de Jager comes in for Victor Matfield at lock and Jesse Kriel starts at outside centre.

  88. BBC coverage

    South Africa v Scotland (16:45 BST)

    And a quick reminder too, as we zip towards kick off, that as well as following our text commentary you can also listen to live radio coverage of today's action right on this very page.

    To tune in to either BBC Radio 5 live or BBC Radio Scotland just pop up to the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of this page.

  89. You needn't miss a thing

    South Africa v Scotland (16:45 BST)

    App alerts

    Now, there's nothing worse than having to miss the unmissable, is there?

    Well, I bring you good news - with the BBC Sport app you can now have rugby union alerts sent straight to your phone or device of choice, ensuring you'll always have the information that matters right at your fingertips.

    Click here to find out how to get it all set up.  

  90. Get Involved


    Scotland fans

    So while the fans seem a cheery bunch heading into this one - what do we reckon is really possible for Scotland, both at St James' Park and for the rest of the World Cup? Does greatness beckon? Or is reality about to hit home?

    Let us know what you think by using #bbcrugby on Twitter.

  91. Get involved


  92. The last eight beckons

    South Africa v Scotland (16:45 BST)

    Scotland fans

    That infamous defeat by the Brave Blossoms may well have proved that South Africa are "just 15 guys", who are "just like any other team" and should be analysed as "human beings". Scotland centre Matt Scott's words, not mine.

    But make no mistake; these are 15 guys with an eye-catching pedigree, from a country with a World Cup record to envy and yet with a whole lot still to prove in this tournament.

    And so Scotland may well face a "mountainous task" to topple the Springboks. But if they do, a quarter-final place is sure to be theirs.

  93. South Africa v Scotland (16:45 BST)

    We should probably know by now, of course, that sport is seldom that straightforward.

    And so, after a barmy fortnight of wonderful World Cup action, Scotland head into today's match against South Africa top of Pool B, with two convincing wins in their pocket and a three-point advantage over the Springboks.

    A Springboks side without their injured talismanic captain and still recovering from that epic opening-weekend loss to Japan, no less.

    Good old sport. Seldom straightforward, but that's why we love it.

  94. Post update

    Just make sure you beat the other three teams and a quarter-final place will be yours, they said.

    And you can forget about South Africa, they'll top the group regardless, they said.

    Because they'll hammer Japan and after that there will simply be no stopping them, they said...

    Japan celebrate

    ... Won't they?