In the opening minutes, it became clear this would be a physical encounter and the Scotland forwards showed their dominance earlier on.
Quick thinking from Konkel gave Scotland an early lead as she took a speedy tap penalty after South Africa were penalised in the scrum.
Sarah Law added the extras.
The hosts nearly took advantage as they worked hard through their phases, but Scotland were relieved as they knocked on 5 meters from the line.
A good boot from Law after the resulting scrum led Scotland upfield into a safer territory, showing why her move to fly half seems to have benefitted the team. Shortly after a fantastic break from Maxwell brought even the home crowd to their feet as she flew up the pitch before offloading to Smith.
South Africa chased back but for a last-ditch tackle five metres from the line it would have been a second for Scotland. However, the visitors did not have long to wait until they got the next score on the board.
Persistent pressure from the Scots resulted in consecutive penalties 5m from the Springboks line. Frustrating unforced errors gave the Springboks attacking opportunities and but for determined defence on their line their hosts would have registered their first points of the match.
However, it was the hard work of the defence that forced a penalty, allowing the Scots to exit their 22m and gain territory further up the field. It was from a set piece again that the Scots secured their third try of the match. Maxwell received the ball from the back of the much-improved Scotland scrum, making some yards before offloading to Rollie and then Smith, before Cockburn carried hard into the Springbok line.
The pressure was too much as Scotland forced the hosts into a penalty, which Thomson took to put Scotland further up the pitch. From the lineout Skeldon carried hard towards the line.
Konkel repeated the effort and spotted the whitewash and dotted down as she was assisted over the line by her forwards pack. Repeated pick and goes saw the hosts work their way up the field, ultimately leading to a penalty for South Africa as the hooter went.
Minnaar stepped up to calmly slot home and put three points onto the board as the half time whistle blew. Half-time: South Africa 3 Scotland 19 As Scotland got the second half underway, the Springbok started the second half as they finished the first, with some hard-hitting tackles.
However, it was Scotland who managed to get the next score. Once again their forwards pounded the Scotland defensive line. Similar to their first try they scored their second.
After a period of sustained pressure, their forward pack got them over the line and they touched down as the home crowd roared them on. They forced Scotland into errors in their own 22m and but for resolute defence on their own line, the Springbok could have scored more. However, it was Scotland who were to have the final say.
In the final few minutes, Konkel moved the ball well from the back of the scrum passing to Lloyd on the wing. Lloyd ran up the wing before offloading to Grieve. After maintaining their possession, Lloyd broke through the line one more time to the sixth and final try for Scotland as the full-time hooter blew.
They had more control and some very strong ball carriers. We have developed both on and off the pitch this week and two wins is a great way to start our season off.