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A hearty display from the Scots at Murrayfield saw them take a narrow win over the Wallabies, and while they can be considered fortunate of that result with their visitors seeing numerous tries disallowed in a controversial manner, they will still take great confidence from it.
The 15-13 result highlights just how far the Scots have come over the last year, and this will be the biggest test they’ve faced in the calendar year to date.
South Africa overcame the Welsh in Cardiff last weekend, with a late driving maul the only try of the game in a 23-18 victory.
That was a tough outing for the World Champions, who were behind for the majority of the game, and they can expect another really tough test at Murrayfield again.
Having lost three matches on the bounce for the first time since 2016, the Boks have now bounced back with successive victories over the All Blacks and Wales, so will be full of confidence once again.
Scotland +7 Handicap
Scotland are currently on a run of 13 defeats from 14 games against the Springboks, including six losses on the bounce now, with half of those coming here at Murrayfield.
The current handicap line has the visitors as around seven-point favourites, though Scotland have only covered that line in three of those 13 defeats since 2002.
With that said, one of those occasions was in their most recent meeting back in 2018, and this Scotland side is arguably better than they have been in any of those previous clashes.
The usual nine-10 pairing of Faf de Klerk and Handre Pollard won’t be seen again in this game, with Herschal and Elton Jantjies coming in to fill those positions, while Willie Le Roux comes into the back line to replace Damien Willemse.
All in all, though, this is still a near full strength South African side, and they’ll certainly be able to cause Gregor Townsend’s side some issues.
Albeit thanks to some favourable decisions, Scotland’s victory over the Aussies last week showed that they can mix it with the best around.
That Wallabies side recently did the double over the Boks in the Rugby Championship too, and with a replacement nine and 10 pairing for the visitors, they may struggle at a roaring Murrayfield, and like last week we’d expect the home advantage to pay dividends.
SCOTLAND +7 HANDICAP
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