Scots change six for Boks
- 13 Nov 2013
The injury-hit Scotland team shows six changes for the match against the Springboks at Murrayfield on Sunday.
Scott Johnson's team paid a heavy price for their 42-17 win over Japan last week, including the loss of captain Kelly Brown.
A new cap, Jonny Gray, who is just 19, will take a seat on the bench and watch his brother Richie start in the lock position.
Duncan Taylor comes into the midfield to take the place of Matt Scott, who picked up an injury in last week's match.
Man of the Match from Scotland's victory over South Africa in 2010, John Barclay, will start at openside flank. In other changes Jim Hamilton will partner Gray, while Alasdair Dickinson and Moray Low return to the front row. Greig Laidlaw, who captained the Scots on their June tour to South Africa, takes charge again.
'I made it clear from the outset that there would be some constants in our selection for these three autumn Tests, while we’d also look at both form and to the future,' said Johnson. 'Injuries have also affected our plans this week but the game is attritional so you just have to get on with it.
'We met South Africa a mere 151 days ago in Nelspruit and they’ve certainly played some quality footy since we gave them a bit of a scare that day.
'As I said last weekend and as you’ll hear me say without fear or favour at every game, the contact area will be vital this weekend and we have to improve there against a very clinical South African side.'
Scotland – 15 Sean Maitland, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Nick De Luca, 12 Duncan Taylor, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Greig Laidlaw (c), 8 David Denton, 7 John Barclay, 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Moray Low, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Alasdair Dickinson.
Subs: 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Ryan Grant, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Jonny Gray, 20 John Beattie, 21 Chris Cusiter, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Max Evans.
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