The Scots’ penultimate autumn test match will be against South Africa Rugby at the BT Murrayfield on November 17th, 2018. Both sides will be looking to refurbish their squads and tests themselves in their final November tours before the 2019 Rugby WC. On the other hand, the Springboks will be looking to put what seemed to be a rollercoaster year behind them and grind good results in the Nov. Tests. The Boks were poor as they suffered shocking defeats to Argentina and Australia but they stabilized towards the end of the Rugby Championship. They will be carrying that momentum into these tests and will be looking for a valuable win in this game. Here we come up with Scotland vs South Africa Rugby Autumn Internationals 2018 Game Preview, Prediction, Schedule, key players.
Springboks at Scottish Rugby Fixtures 2018 Autumn Test, Kickoff Time, What Channel Watch Live the Game is On
These two sides will meet for 27th times on this Saturday in test matches. The Boks have been dominant with 21 wins while the Scots have five times. Let’s see the Springboks v Scottish Rugby schedule shortly.
- What: Scotland vs South Africa Rugby Autumn Internationals 2018 Game
- When: Saturday, 17th of November 2018
- Where: BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
- Kickoff: 17:20 GMT
- Referee: Romain Poite (France)
- Assistant Referees: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zeland), Frank Murphy (Ireland)
- Television Match Official (TMO): Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
- What channel the game is on: BT Sport, BBC Sports 2
Scotland Rugby Last Game Prior to this Tournament
In their previous game, the Scots were runaway 44-15 victors against Argentina Rugby. They hit the ground running early and they crossed the line via Horne, Kinghorn, Mclnally, and Bradbury to end a very dominant 1st half display. Lezana pulled one back for the Argies but Fife responded well for the Scots. Iglesias crossed again for the Argies but it wasn’t enough to stop a motivated Scottish side.
Scotland vs South Africa Rugby Player Replacements
- Scottish Rugby: Scotland Rugby have seen a good number of key players drop out due to injuries but that gives the chance to a number of exciting prospects to prove their credentials, such as James Lang. The Scotland squad comprises of three new faces of players looking to make their national debuts. They include Blade Thomson, Skinner, and S. Johnson. Other players coming back into the squad include Dunbar, J. Gray, H. Jones, Laidlaw, S. Maitland, Reid, Nel, F. Russell, Seymour, Wilson, Watson, M. Scott, and H. Pyrgos.
- Springboks: One of the most noteworthy returns to the Boks lineup is Gio Aplon who has been out since 2012. Other making the squad include T. Nyakane and L. de Jager who have been out of action since January. D. Vermeulen’s also available for selection after been rested in the summer Southern Hemisphere competition two months ago.
Both Sides Key Players
Both sides will rely on their committed rookies to win the week 3 game. Let’s check out the focusing veterans of Scotland vs South Africa Rugby Autumn Internationals game.
- Scotland: Adam Hastings’ ability will be heavily relied on by the Scots if they are to leave this game with a favorable result. Hastings is on a very good form and he is scoring tries and providing assists in sublime fashion. He will be worth keeping tabs on in this game.
- South Africa: Dyantyi, Pollard, and Kolisi have been a joy to watch in the Springbok Squad so far. With the Rugby WC now in sight, the trio will be key in the Boks’ preparations ahead of next year’s September tournament.
Springboks Rugby Previous Outing Before the Autumn Test
In their final Rugby Championship match, the Boks lost narrowly to New Zealand All Blacks. South Africa scored three tries via Kriel, Kolbe, and de Allende while the Kiwis crossed the line four times via Smith, Loane, and Barea with Savea’s late try winning the game for the visitors. Pollard scored 15 points with the boot while the Kiwis scored 12 points with the boot. In the end, New Zealand won by a 32-30 scoreline.
Scotland vs South Africa Rugby Autumn Internationals 2018 Game Prediction
The most recent meeting was in the 2015 WC where South Africa proved too strong for the Scottish side. The Boks were dominant from the onset with Burger and Pietersen scoring tries in quick succession. Seymour scored for the Scots, but a late Habana’s try put the game out of the Scots’ reach. Pollard was magnificent with the boot and the game ended 34-16 in favor of the Boks. Scotland is in good form but the Boks have regained their confidence back in what could be bad news for the Scots.
Prediction: Scotland 29-34 South Africa.
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