South African stand-off Handre Pollard’s 18 points and the physical power of the Springbok pack were enough to hand Scotland their first defeat at Murrayfield in 2018 but there was definitely a feeling of missed opportunity for the home side.
Scotland will take the game to South Africa and seek to impose their pace game on the Springboks to maintain their proud record at BT Murrayfield, says skipper Greig Laidlaw.
Scotland’s brave new world under Gregor Townsend, Fortress Murrayfield and the game played at blinding pace, faces the proper acid test at last this afternoon.
Scotland’s Marc Warren played himself on, off and back on to the European Tour all in the space of a crazy hour at Lumine in Spain as he came through the European Tour’s torturous Qualifying School Final with his playing rights intact.
Finn Russell’s determination to ingrain himself in Paris culture is laudable, but it could still use a little work.
Sam Skinner is the most glaring alteration in Gregor Townsend’s grand plan for the Autumn Tests as he is retained in the Scotland team but at blindside flanker for the visit of South Africa on Saturday.
Gary Graham has decided he’s Scottish after all, and the Newcastle flanker courted by England last year joined up with the Scotland squad at Oriam yesterday.
There won’t be any sourness or awkward silences between room-mates Pete Horne and Tommy Seymour this week at the Scottish team camp as the wing was happy with his haul of three tries to take him closer to record breaking territory.
Stuart Hogg has made the decision that many in Scottish Rugby dreaded – although it’s not known for certain yet where the British Lions full-back will land when he leaves Scotland.
It’s foolish to project too much into the future – there are still 11 international games and more than half of a full-bore club season to go – but after Scotland’s 54-17 win over Fiji at BT Murrayfield on Saturday, it’s tempting to do so.