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South Africa vs Scotland Test Match preview


Jean de Villiers in action against Scotland back in November 2012

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Article Published: Friday 14 June 2013


The Springboks will use last week's confident display against Italy as a benchmark for their performances says captain Jean de Villiers.

"The focus is just to build on the momentum we gained last week and hopefully put up a good performance again this weekend," De Villiers said ahead of the Test against Scotland in Nelspruit on Saturday.

It will be the 23rd time the two sides face each other and a depleted Scotland will be looking to fight back after last week's loss to Samoa in Durban.

De Villiers said the match had some extra significance as Scotland were drawn in the same pool as South Africa for the 2015 World Cup.

"The fact that Scotland is in our pool for 2015 means you want to get the mental edge over them, but that is still two years away and some of the guys that are playing in this game will probably not be there in 2015," he said.

"They made a couple of changes but I think it is a stronger team than the one they played last week."

While the Springboks won their previous encounter in Scotland last year, the 21-17 loss in Edinburgh in 2010 will be a stark reminder of the Scottish side's ability.

De Villiers said the hosts would not underestimate their opponents but the 2010 defeat played no part in their build-up to Saturday's match.

"Four of five guys played in that game and it was a massive low in my career, but once you start concentrating on the negative, it can influence you badly," he said.

"Nothing has changed for us from a game-plan point of view. It is just identifying the space and getting the ball into that space.

"We did that well last week and the decision-making was much better.

"If we can remain spot on with that, then hopefully we can see more tries again."

Scotland coach Scott Johnson said his team had been ravaged by injury.

"We are sore, bumped and bruised and I've never seen an injury toll like it, and our depth is being stretched," Johnson said.

While the Springboks seemed to have changed tactics through an expansive game plan, Johnson believed they would revert back to a more traditional style.

"They are preparing for a championship and they've picked a pretty quick team and I think they'll go to a traditional form in the championship," he said.

"They are showing their intent of where they want to get to, and most teams, with the way that it is being refereed, would like to do that if you have the skill set, and they have the skill set to do that."

Having named six new caps last weekend Scotland have a further three new caps among seven changes in the starting line-up from the 17-27 loss in Durban as head coach Scott Johnson adheres firmly to his policy of broadening the base of players within the international set-up, while at the same time dealing with a number of injuries.

"I'm hard pressed to remember so many injuries from the one Test match but it's a fact and we just have to get on with it ", said Scotland coach Scott Johnson

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Match Officials
Referee
: Romain Poite (France).
Assistant referees: Pascal Gauzere (France) and Neil Hennessy (Wales).
TMO: To be appointed by SARU

South Africa

Willie le Roux; Bryan Habana, JJ Engelbrecht, Jean de Villiers (capt), Bjorn Basson; Morne Steyn, Ruan Pienaar; Pierre Spies, Arno Botha, Marcell Coetzee; Juandre Kruger, Eben Etzebeth; Jannie du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: Bismarck du Plessis, Trevor Nyakane, Coenie Oosthuizen, Flip van der Merwe, Siya Kolisi, Piet van Zyl, Patrick Lambie, Jan Serfontein

Scotland

15 Peter Murchie,14 Tommy Seymour , 13 Alex Dunbar , 12 Matt Scott , 11 Sean Lamont ,10 Ruaridh Jackson , 9 Greig Laidlaw (c) , 8 Johnnie Beattie , 7 Ryan Wilson , 6 Alasdair Strokosch , 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Tim Swinson , 3 Euan Murray , 2 Scott Lawson ,1 Alasdair Dickinson

Replacements : 16 Stevie Lawrie , 17 Jon Welsh , 18 Moray Low , 19 Alastair Kellock , 20 David Denton, 21 Henry Pyrgos , 22 Peter Horne , 23 Duncan Taylor

 
 
Rugby Championship Standings
Nation Games Points    
P W L D PF PA PD BP Ttl
1. South Africa 2 2 0 0 46 37 9 0 8
2. New Zealand 2 1 0 1 63 32 31 1 6
3. Australia 2 0 1 1 32 63 -31 0 2
4. Argentina 2 0 2 0 37 46 -9 2 2
                     
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