Preview Scotland vs Springboks Archive

I missed last week’s games due to a faaantastic wedding but thanks to Super Sport replaying the game time and again have managed to catch most of the action from last Saturday. I was of course following the live commentary on my phone and had to apologise on more than one occasion for swearing out loud during the speeches. Two things are certain from last week, firstly, we do not possess the skill sets to run the ball from our own half, ala the All Blacks. I am not saying we cannot get there but at the moment our attack is very poor. Secondly, we play so much better when we stick to our traditional strengths. Kick the ball into the opposition’s half, smash them in defense, set up rolling mauls, drive them back, secure penalties and win. Easy peasy

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Last week the Springboks came back after trailing 17-6 after 35min to take the lead with two great tries and a much improved second half performance.  They showed Maverick character and bloody mindedness on defence to hold out for the last 10 minutes against sustained pressure, which exciting as it was, may well have cost most supporters years off their lives. After victories over Ireland and Wales, the Grand Slam hopes are still alive and kicking as this week’s Test against Scotland should be the easiest of the 4 games. Scotland were taught a massive rugby lesson last Saturday by a dominant All Black side but can the Bokke dish out some of the same this Saturday? Pieter De Villiers has taken a lot of flak recently for his substitutions but Fancois Hougaard, Pat Lambie and Willem Alberts all made telling contributions off the bench and Hougaard has been rewarded with a starting place this week. In other changes, Spies gets a rest with Ryan Kankowski starting at 8th Man. Alberts will again start off the bench. Speedster Lwazi Mvovo gets his first start and the promising Shark wing will be looking to replicate the fine form he has shown [&hellip

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