In what must be South Africa’s easiest game of the Grand Slam on paper, will not necessarily be a walk in the park following Scotland’s drubbing by the All Blacks, as the Scots will be looking for an improved performance against the World Champions.
The Boks have made a few enforced changes with Basson and Habana both back at home, new wings in Aplon and Mvovo shoud make for eciting rugby, should the ball get that far. At scrumhalf we have the exciting Francois Hougaard getting a start, and will be pushing hard to prove that he is good enough to start agains England.
The Scots on the other hand have a new captain and a bunch of other changes that will either disrupt the team or be the necessary boost the team needs to be competitive in this match. Lively scrumhalf Rory Lawson takes over the captaincy, and will be looking to dominate his oposite number.
Scotland: 15 Hugo Southwell, 14 Nikki Walker, 13 Max Evans, 12 Graeme Morrison, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Dan Parks, 9 Rory Lawson (captain), 8 Kelly Brown, 7 John Barclay, 6 Nathan Hines, 5 Richie Gray, 4 Scott MacLeod, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Allan Jacobsen.
Replacements: 16 Dougie Hall, 17 Moray Low, 18 Richie Vernon, 19 Ross Rennie, 20 Greig Laidlaw, 21 Ruaridh Jackson, 22 Chris Paterson.
South Africa: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Frans Steyn, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 François Hougaard, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss , 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21 Patrick Lambie, 22 Adi Jacobs.
Date: Saturday, November 20
Venue: Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Kick-off: 14.30 (14.30 GMT)
Expected weather: Rather cloudy with outbreaks of rain or showers. High of 7°C and low of 2°C.
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
Assistant referees: Alain Rolland (Ireland), Federico Pastrana (Argentina)
TMO: Tony Redmond (Ireland)