Scotland women' have come away from South Africa with a 2-0 series win - and a one-place rise to 11th in the World Rugby Women's Rankings.


New head coach Philip Doyle could not have asked for a better start to his reign than a clean sweep of wins from the side's maiden southern hemisphere tour.

Scotland scored 85 points and conceded just 20 across the two matches at the City Park Sports Ground in Cape Town and can now head into November home tests against Wales and Japan full of confidence.

Having beaten the same opponents 47-5 last Monday – one of their biggest wins in the last decade – Scotland were dominant once more in the return match on Saturday, winning 38-15.

While South Africa cut the margin of defeat from 42 points to 23, Scotland were still comfortable winners, building up a 19-3 half-time lead thanks to a brace of tries from powerful number eight Jade Konkel before their hosts clawed back some ground after the interval.

On 52 minutes, South Africa got to within two scores of the visitors at 24-10 but a second yellow card and Rhona Lloyd's (pictured) second try sealed another impressive victory for the tourists. It was Lloyd's second double of the tour having bagged a brace in the first match, in which Chloe Rollie also crossed twice.

“South Africa played a different match to what we saw on Monday. They had more control and some very strong ball carriers," said a delighted Doyle.

“We had a good early lead which we thankfully managed to hold onto, even with late pressure from the hosts. When we tightened up, we looked dangerous and South Africa just couldn’t come back from that.

“To come away from this Tour with two victories is a fantastic success and I am thrilled for the whole squad. We have developed both on and off the pitch this week and two wins is a great way to start our season off.”

Meanwhile, South Africa have dropped four places to their lowest-ever ranking of 15th, with Samoa, the Netherlands and Portugal joining Scotland in profiting from their demise.