Apologies to Andy Robinson, but if he is a little smug at still being the last Scotland head coach to plot victory over the Springboks in the wake of Saturday’s 26-20 loss at Murrayfield, he’s on his own.
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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.
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.
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.
Scotland 54 Fiji 17: Scots survive first half wobble to romp to eight tries against over-matched Fijians
Scotland threw off a brief wobble in the first half to tick most boxes on their way to a commanding 54-17, eight-try victory over Fiji at a sellout BT Murrayfield.
An open running game is “in the genetics” of the Scotland team now, believes Greig Laidlaw, but we’re likely to see a sanitised version of the all-signing, all-dancing Scotland as they return to BT Murrayfield after a seven-month gap.
Barely seven weeks after ankle surgery, Stuart Hogg will return to the Scotland team to play Fiji in the second Autumn Test at BT Murrayfield as a proven “fast-starter”.