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Sunday 17th November 15:00 GMT


Scotland would seem to have found a much better order for their autumn internationals this year, having played Japan first up at Murrayfield, and gained a confidence boosting win, before taking on the giants, in every sense of the word from South Africa.

Last season, by the time they played the second tier nation, Tonga, they had been physically and mentally softened up by the Springboks and All Blacks, and fell to a surprise and embarrassing defeat to Tonga.

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Scotland will look to display the same spirit and battling qualities that were shown during the summer in Nelspruit, when the Socs in the Springboks close, going down 30-17, after holding a 17-6 lead. 

Scotland select their own giant boiler house pairing of Jim Hamilton and Richie Gray, to try and counter South Africa physically, and Scottish head coach, Scott Johnson is certain that his side can step up to the challenge presented by the Springboks.

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South Africa are on a run that has only seen them lose to the All Blacks of New Zealand in the past 14 months, and they haven't lost to a northern hemisphere side, since 2010, when Scotland lowered their colors 21-17 on a famous day at Murrayfield.

Posted: 17th November 2012

On Saturday, November 17th, Scotland and South Africa play in Murrayfield in the South Africa Tour, starting at 14:30 local time and GMT. Scotland is hoping that things will be a change from the last time that these two teams met. They have only beaten the Springboks twice in the past eleven games that these two have played. One of those encounters was in 2010, and the conditions may have had something to do with that fact. Dan Parks took all 21 of the points that Scotland earned with the boot and they took South Africa out of the running for a Grand Slam tour.

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The most recent encounter was the 2010 match, but that doesn't mean that they will be able to pull of a repeat performance. South Africa certainly has history on their side, with eleven of the last thirteen matches won.

Tags: Jim Hamilton, Richie Gray, South Africa, Scotland, Murrayfield, South Africa Tour
Posted: 17th November 2013

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