Scotland side named to face Boks

Written by Stephen Smith (StevieS)

Posted in :End of Year Tour, Original Content, Springboks on 14 Nov 2018 at 14:14
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The Scotland side to take on the Boks has been named, with all 3 South African born squad members named in the team. WP Nel will start at tighthead prop while Josh Strauss and Allan Dell will warm the bench. In addition, outside centre Huw Jones, will be another familiar face, having played for the Stormers.

Scotland team:

1. Gordon Reid
2. Stuart McInally
3. WP Nel
4. Ben Toolis
5. Jonny Gray
6. Sam Skinner
7. Hamish Watson
8. Ryan Wilson
9. Greig Laidlaw ( c )
10. Finn Russell
11. Sean Maitland
12. Pete Horne
13. Huw Jones
14. Tommy Seymour
15. Stuart Hogg


16. Fraser Brown
17. Allan Dell
18. Simon Berghan
19. Josh Strauss
20. Jamie Ritchie
21. Ali Price
22. Adam Hastings
23. Chris Harris


  • Thats really not a side to be afraid of if we are honest. Barring Hogg in space the others just solid players. But i guess this is the Boks and they arent exactly setting the world alight s have to view every opponent as a strong one, especially if we are away from home. Wonder if we will see any surprises from a Bok selection point of view….doubt it

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.11.18 14:25:46 by SheldonK Reply
  • Quality Scottish side, this… SA will have to be switched on from the start or it’ll be a looong night. On another note, I’m hoping my emerald greens can do the job against NZ. Although I’m quietly hoping they don’t win again just yet, so as to stay a dark horse for the world cup!

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.11.18 14:26:53 by Karl Reply
  • @Karl (Comment 2) : Tough to be a dark horse for the RWC when you ranked 2nd in the world

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.11.18 14:36:25 by SheldonK Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 3) : I know, but I still get the feeling that most people don’t really rate the Irish and maybe reckon they’re lucky to be up at number 2. So if we don’t make too much of a splash against NZ, opponents will hopefully underestimate us… Also, I think many many people think IRL were a bit lucky to win the 6 nations… 1. Because Eng were piss poor and 2. Because of Sexton’s heroics against France

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.11.18 14:42:31 by Karl Reply
  • Going to be interesting to see how Nel and Dell go against the Bok props!

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.11.18 17:32:26 by JD Reply
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  • I wouldn’t call this a tough Scottish side. However if they do the basics right and play as a team they can beat the books if boks don’t get the basics sorted quickly. I can see a lot of pressure on pivot for boks let’s hope the two nr 9’s know what they’re doing. I wouldn’t recommend starting van Zyl but then again I don’t know if Papier is ready at this level either.

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.11.18 06:08:36 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 6) : Not to mention that Townsend is a decent coach as well. He seems to be able to get his team playing together and punching above their weight at times

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.11.18 07:21:11 by Karl Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 6) : The benefit of Papier is that he is quicker than Van Zyl with better speed and distance on his passes which does help alleviate the rush defense pressure on 10. But Rassie likely to pick Van Zyl as he is the better “tactically’. Also Schreuder likely to pick the extra shot of espresso with his guiness and a pie on the weekend

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.11.18 07:57:41 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) : “Tactically” – slowing down the pace of the game to a snails pace plus some really awful box kicks

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.11.18 08:01:17 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 9) : Thats a pretty accurate description for Bok tactics…you should copyright that.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.11.18 08:25:31 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) : hahaha ja wonder what is planned for the travelling tourists under the guidance of Brits!? 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.11.18 09:33:41 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 11) : Perhaps a bit of a search for Nessy in th Loch? :mrgreen: I also almost forgot that Aplon is on tour too…talk about a mascot :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.11.18 09:49:54 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) : Well he is missing some very important elements on both if his “choice” scrummies. I can’t see the backline flying this weekend with can Zyl and no quick tactical gains it exits from Papier. Of course going for balance and starting Schreuder will never happen….

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.11.18 11:42:34 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 13) : Wow autocorrect just killing me today….

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.11.18 11:43:32 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 13) : Or the Boks could try something different and not box kick at all and let the 10 and 15 kick only. Our box kicks are so telegrphed the guy waiting in line for a hotdog knows its coming before its actually done.

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.11.18 11:48:56 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : It will be thrown out as a frivolous application

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.11.18 12:38:37 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 16) : Should just insert it in the Bok coaching manual then

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.11.18 13:03:04 by SheldonK Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 13) : way to logical! 😈 Get real if it’s wet v Zyl will play 80min with Papier on the bench and if it’s dry the opposite will happen!

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.11.18 13:46:04 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 18) : 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.11.18 14:10:05 by StevieS Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 15) : Springboks not boxkick? Give the ball to a man better placed for d cent and accurate exit… surely you jest…you may as well ask them to have creative fast runners at first reliever instead of lumbering forwards….

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.11.18 14:30:27 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 20) : First reciever..that is..thanks for nothing autocorrect….helpful as always.

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.11.18 14:32:04 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 20) : Can we dare to dream….

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.11.18 14:39:56 by SheldonK Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 21) : The game plan probably says first reliever rather than first receiver – hence the confusion

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.11.18 14:41:14 by Bokhoring Reply
  • I would just like to see 8 out of 10 runners hitting the pass at full speed rather than 1 out of 10.

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.11.18 14:42:22 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 23) : Yes relieves us of tactical advantage, meaningful forward momentum and ultimately of possession and opportunity…..

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.11.18 14:54:19 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 23) : Also the first receiver is normally the opposition wing/fullback who collects our box kick

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.11.18 15:08:15 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 26) : Haha..yes…that too!

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.11.18 05:52:55 by coolfusion Reply


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