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Scotland braces for the Springboks after bruising defeat to All Blacks

Scotland has been playing a series of friendly matches and most recently played South Africa’s All Blacks.  In a very spirited game on Sunday November 11, 2012, they lost 22-51 to the All Blacks.

Boks prepare for Saturday's game

With barely a week to recover and re-adjust, they now have to face South Africa’s Springboks.  It might work to their advantage that the Springboks are missing 14 of their top players.  Among the missing are Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira who stayed back due to illness.  Others who are missing include Bryan Habbana, Jaque Fourie and Pier Spies.

The Boks are not to be underestimated though.  They have been known to come back from an underdog position to win the game.   The same can be said of Scotland who recovered from a stinging 3-49 loss to the All Blacks in the autumn of 2010 to beat the Boks in the next game 21-17.   These details alone make this a game that should be worth every minute of viewing.

Scotland XV Team:

  1. Stuart Hogg
  2. Sean Lamont
  3. Nick De Luca
  4. Matt Scott
  5. Tim Visser
  6. Greig Laidlaw
  7. Mike Blair
  8. Dave Denton
  9. Kelly Brown (Captain)
  10. Alisdair Strokosch
  11. Jim Hamilton
  12. Richie Gray
  13. Euan Murray
  14. Ross Ford
  15. Ryan Grant

Subs: Dougie Hall, Kyle Traynor, Geoff Cross, Alistair Kellock, John Barclay, Ruaridh Jackson, Peter Murchie

Springboks team:

  1. Zane Kirchner
  2. JP Pietersen
  3. Juan de Jongh
  4. Jean de Villiers (captain)
  5. Francois Hougaard
  6. Pat Lambie
  7. Ruan Pienaar
  8. Duane Vermeulen
  9. Willem Alberts
  10. Francois Louw
  11. Juandré Kruger
  12. Eben Etzebeth
  13. Jannie du Plessis
  14. Adriaan Strauss
  15. Gurthrö Steenkamp

Replacements: Schalk Brits, Heinke van der Merwe, CJ van der Linde, Flip van der Merwe, Marcell Coetzee, Morné Steyn, Jaco Taute, Lwazi Mvovo.

The game is scheduled to take place on November 17, 2012 at Murrayfield in Edinburgh. Kickoff is at 14:30 GMT.


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