South Africa vs Scotland by Sebmc
South Africa is second of the group with seven points, three less than their opponents. In their first match, the South Africans lost against Japan (32-34). The victory of the Nipponese was one of the biggest surprise in the history of the World Cup. The South Africans have had several physical glitches in recent months and many regulars against Japan were returning from injury and did not play for several weeks.
In the second game, South Afs are smashed Samoa 46-6. During the meeting, the Boks were very solid defensively and very powerfull. During the meeting, they lost their center Jean De Villiers and lock Matfield. However, both can be easily replace. Lock Lood de Jager is probably one of the best lock of the world. Fourie du Preez, who was doubtfull, will start. This team relies on a very big conquest including an impressive back row composed of Louw, Burger and Vermeulen. The back line is very fast with Habana, Pietersen and Roux.
15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Fourie du Preez (c), 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lood de Jager 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 January Serfontein
Scotland is first of the group with two victories with the offensive bonus. However, their success have been very sluggish. In the first game, they faced the Japanese who created the surprise against South Africa only four days earlier. The Japanese have managed to hold out for fifty minutes before exploding entirely because of tiredness. At the second meeting, they have been in trouble against the United States. Cotter's men were led at the break 7 points but finally managed to get back in the game soon after the restart. In short, this team does not convinced me. Moreover, we must not forget that the Scots are far from the level of the best European teams. At the last Six Nations, they finished in last place with five defeats. In particular, they finished the tournament with a 40-10 loss at home against Ireland.
For this meeting, Vern Cotter has to do without his number 10 Finn Russell, who is injured. This is Duncan Weir will replace it. He is certainly best defender, but less good in organizing the game.
15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Richie Vernon, 12 Peter Horne, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Greig Laidlaw (c), 8 Dave Denton, 7 Blair Cowan, 6 Josh Strauss, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Richie Gray 3 WP Nel, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Gordon Reid.
Replacements: Ross Ford 16, 17 Alasdair Dickinson, 18 Jon Welsh, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Ryan Wilson, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Sean Lamont
There are at least a class difference between the two teams. The Boks are superior in all areas of the game. They are still in operation, and redemption will be keen to win widely, with the offensive bonus. Last year, the Boks won 55-6 against Scotland in Port Elizabeth. Two years ago, they won 28-0 in Edinburgh in Test Match.
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