Richard Ferguson

Springboks vs Scotland: The preview

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 14 Jun 2013 at 14:05
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The Springboks go into their second test of the year against Scotland as clear favourites, with the bookies and the general public expecting a 30+ pasting. While I am all for the Springboks to score a few tries, some decent opposition from Scotland will do the team well.

It is an easy start to the test season for the Boks, facing three teams that are well below the standard of opposition we are set to face during the Rugby Championship. While it is great to be able to test new combinations and rotate our players against the lesser opposition, I feel we are set to be slightly undercooked by the time we face the All Blacks and the Wallabies.

Especially considering their opposition: The All Blacks are playing the French, and although not the world beaters they were a year ago, are still giving them a decent run for their money, while the Wallabies are in for a tough series against the brutal British and Irish Lions. Personally, I would have preferred to face an English team, albeit without their big names, than play against Scotland.

Be that as it may, we have to make the most of what is in front of us. So what do we want to see from the Boks tomorrow. Firstly, an improved scrum. Without rotating the front row from the starters last week, we should see a much better performance from the Beast, Adriaan and Jannie. With the change made to the loose trio, I would like to see Marcell Coetzee playing his best game of the season to date. If he is still struggling, bring on Kolisi so that we can see what he can do.

With regards to the backline, I am expecting a faster game from the halfbacks, Pienaar has to feed quickly and crisply while Steyn lets the backline run a bit. Also, bring on Serfontein with half an hour to go, not only to give Jean a rest, but to see if he can provide some attacking flair, hopefully with Lambie inside him. I am also wishing for Willie le Roux to be given an all clear to do whatever he wants on attack, again to see what he can do and how he links up with the rest of the backline.

From the Scots, we can only hope for an improved performance from last week, so that the Boks actually get a work out. The last thing any supporter wants to see is a half century against a team just waiting for the final whistle to blow.

Springboks:15 Willie le Roux, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Arno Botha, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Substitutes: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein.

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

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


  • I hope Piet van Zyl and Lambie get a good 30 min. Looking forward to seeing Bissie back.

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.06.13 14:17:11 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I agree with pulling Jean off the field with a bit of time left on the clock, he is the captain so he must start but give the man a break.

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.06.13 14:22:55 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : And I hope I win the Lotto this weekend (oh, and I haven’t bought a ticket in years).

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.06.13 14:24:02 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 3) : I see what you did there 🙂

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.06.13 14:47:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 3) : 😀

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.06.13 15:00:04 by Pokkel Reply
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  • We’ll have to play a lot better than against the Italians.

    I know Scotland aren’t what they were just a short time ago, but failing to score ANY points for a full half of rugby (the way we did last Saturday) will be a kick in the face for the starved-for-international-rugby supporters at the stadium.

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.06.13 15:07:18 by rhineshark Reply
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  • I like Rugby.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.06.13 17:18:34 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • Hey Rich, I’m pretty sure Ewan Murray was pulled out and replaced.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.06.13 10:19:54 by David12246 Reply

  • Note the difference in fans opinions on Ruan Pienaar…the opposition fans believe he is the most valuable player in our team and the Bok fans question his mentality.

    The guy is pure class and I hope he is allowed to play the game as he sees fit. As Ulster have let him do up during his time there…

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.06.13 14:05:27 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 9) : I think he is easily our best scrum half at the moment! So much better since he’s been played in only one position.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.06.13 16:45:54 by SeanyJMc Reply


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