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South Africa beat brave Scotland

South Africa v Scotland. Credit: PA

South Africa 34 - 16 Scotland

A strong performance from South Africa gave them the lead against Scotland at half time, but Scotland have made an excellent start to the second half.

Bismarck du Plessis got the opening try for the Springboks, after a lengthy stoppage by the television match official. Handre Pollard's conversion gave them a seven point lead.

Pollard kicked two penalties to extend the lead, before Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw pulled three points back, bringing it to 13-3.

South Africa tight-head prop Jannie du Plessis then clattered Fraser Brown in the ruck, and was sent to the sin-bin.

The penalty was too far out for Jedburgh's Laidlaw, who fell short.

Then, on the stroke of half time, South Africa's dreaded rolling maul heaved into action.

As the Scots tried desperately to fight back, the ball was moved out the back and JP Pietersen had a simple finish.

The conversion was easy for Pollard, sending the Springboks into the break 20-3 up.

Shortly after the restart scrum-half Greig Laidlaw scored another penalty, and in the 48th minute Tommy Seymour sent St James' Park into raptures, finishing from close range after Duncan Weir embarked on a mazy run after stealing a pass.

Laidlaw converted, but Pollard pulled the Springboks ahead again with a drop goal, taking it to 23-13.

Greig Laidlaw then had a moment to forget, getting a yellow card for pulling down JP Pietersen as he tried to escape down the wing.

But far from panicking, Scotland closed the gap further - Duncan Weir's penalty bringing it back to 23-16.

South Africa hit back instantly with another Pollard penalty restoring the ten point lead, and yet another taking it to 29-16.

Then, in the 72nd minute, South Africa looked to have wrapped up the victory when Habana dived across the line on the left wing, before Scotland could push him into touch.

The Springboks held on to beat Scotland 34-16.


Man City 6 - 1 Newcastle

Mitrovic Credit: PA

Manchester City have beaten Newcastle comfortably, after an early scare.

Mitrovic scored a close range header, putting Newcastle a goal ahead against the Premier League's big spenders.

But Sergio Aguero responded with another header, drawing them level.

The Argentine striker then buried a deflected shot after a defensive error, and he completed his hat-trick just one minute later, after Kevin De Bruyne's through ball.

De Bruyne then scored himself, volleying home a Jesus Navas cross.

Aguero buried his fourth, bending the ball into the bottom corner. And he then poked in his fifth after a pass across the face of goal.

Sunderland 2 - 2 West Ham

Steven Fletcher. Credit: PA

Sunderland are drawing 2 - 2 against West Ham.

Steven Fletcher scored, putting Sunderland 1-0 up - the ball was rolled back to him from a corner, and he fired home from the penalty spot.

Jeremain Lens then added an outstanding second, chipping goalkeeper Adrian from 20 yards out.

But on the stroke of half time West Ham hit back, fullback Carl Jenkinson sweeping home from a Victor Moses cross.

Jeremain Lens was then sent off for a second bookable offence, leaving Sunderland down to 10 men.

West Ham equalised after Sunderland goalkeeper Pantilimon parried the ball and Dimitri Payet was there to convert.

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The city is packed with fans from both nations. Credit: ITV News
The city is packed with fans from both nations. Credit: ITV News
The city is packed with fans from both nations. Credit: ITV News
The city is packed with fans from both nations. Credit: ITV News
The city is packed with fans from both nations. Credit: ITV News
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