Preview Scotland vs Springboks – 20 November 2010

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 this year.

Adrian Strauss comes onto the bench to replace Chiliboy Rallepele who has been sent home for failing a drug test in what looks to be more a SHITake storm in a tea cup than actual doping and Zane Kirchener comes in at full back with Gio Aplon moving to wing.

Scotland have had one of their better years with a win over Ireland and a draw against England in this year’s 6-Nations and would have banked on a much better showing last week. They will be hurting and will be looking to restore some pride and improve on their performance when they last played the Bokke, losing a close game 14-10.

In a Bowl Philosophy exclusive we have managed to get a transcipt of the pre-match speech to be given by coach Andy Robinson…

“Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!”

Stirring stuff.

Scotland will be better than they were against the All Blacks with new captain Rory Lawson and Nathan Hines coming into the side. The Bokke will be hoping for a better start and should win this game comfortably. Expect more barnstorming runs from man giant Alberts and a far better performance all round from the visitors. Good luck to Mvovo, let’s hope for a try on debut.

Venue: Murrayfield

Kick off: 16h30

Prediction: Bokke by 15

~ by bowlphilosophy on November 19, 2010.

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