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Dickinson seeks Nelspruit payback

Scotland prop Alasdair Dickinson is still hurt by the summer defeat against South Africa.

And he will take that memory into their latest meeting at Murrayfield on Sunday determined to atone for the controversial 30-17 defeat in Nelspruit in June.

But the Edinburgh forward knows the tourists will be equally stung by the encounter after Scotland charged into a 17-6 lead.

The Springboks took the lead when Scotland lock Jim Hamilton was in the sin bin following a contentious decision to give him a yellow card for a push and went on to secure a win that still rankles with Dickinson.

The 29-year-old said: "We are disappointed in how we ended that game. There was an opportunity to win it and that still sits with us.

"That's an extra bit of fuel for the fire I guess but they are the same. They got a bit of a scare so they will be wound up just as much as us, so it will be a physical game."

Scotland have recent memories of beating South Africa, with a 21-17 win in 2010 to their name.

Dickinson knows they have to be at their physical peak to repeat that memorable triumph.

Dickinson, who will start on Sunday after coming on for the injured Ryan Grant in the first half of Scotland's win over Japan last weekend, said: " You have got to be physical. They are renowned for being such a big, physical side.

"You have to match that, do the basics really well and put in a consistent performance. It will be tight but hopefully we can get a great win."

Dickinson scored his second Scotland try in 28 appearances when he crossed in the final quarter of Scotland's first viagogo Autumn Test win over Japan on Saturday.

Scotland eventually managed six tries in a 42-17 win but they conceded twice in the early stages of the second half and Dickinson knows they will need improved concentration against the Springboks.

Dickinson, who returned to Edinburgh in the summer after six years in the English Premiership with Gloucester and Sale, said: " I think it went well in parts.

"There were obviously some things where we lacked concentration and slipped up a few times.

"It's getting a consistent performance that we are aiming for and it will be tough against the Springboks.

"The first game is always tough because all the guys play for different clubs and you only get a certain amount of time together so it's hard and you need to blow a few cobwebs away.

"We are just looking for improvement this weekend. South Africa are a formidable force and it will be tough."


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