European Bok Tour Watch – Week 3

Edinburgh is the place to be this weekend if you are a Springbok supporter as Rassie Erasmus’ team takes on Scotland after claiming their first win on tour this November.

Bongi Mbonambi’s heroics claimed an 85th min victory over Les Bleus in what was not the Springboks best performance on tour to date.

As many would say, a win is a win and we move on to the next mission that lies ahead.

Saturday 17 November 2018 – Scotland v Springboks, BT Murrayfield Stadium @ 19h20

Scotland Coach, Gregor Townsend is preparing his team for what he sees as a bigger opportunity than beating England earlier this year in the Six Nations for the first time in 10 years. The Scots beat the South Africans in 2010 last, so if they had a chance they believe it might be now.

Another reason for them to believe in this opportunity is the fact that they have only lost one of their last 10 games at Murrayfield in a time where most Northern hemisphere teams have caught up with the rest of the world, especially the Southern based teams.

South Africa on the other hand will want to keep their winning record up against the Scots and it is clear that Rassie is targeting this match to give some much needed game time to some of his junior members but still want to build on the growth the team has shown in recent times.

Embrose Papier is finally getting the start so many people have been calling for and we truly hope he can have the match of his life to show the yet unconvinced Bok supporters the exciting talent this young man is.

The scary prospect the Scots are facing this weekend though comes from the pack Erasmus has selected, especially if you look at number 4 to 8. There is probably no stronger selection he could have made with what he has available in this squad, although someone like a Marco van Staden, who is not on tour, would be the perfect final touch to this pack, no offence to Captain Kolisi.

We were hoping last week the Boks would finally click and give a performance long overdue but the French had other ideas. In fact all of Europe seemed to have stood up against the rest of the world last week, which made for compelling rugby viewing.

Are the Scots really prepared or are the Springboks ready to reward Rassie, his coaching staff and supporters with a game for the books?

PREDICTION: Springboks by 12

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