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Scotland look for Boks bounce back

Rory Lawson

Scotland are determined to perform in Saturday's second EMC Autumn Test with South Africa and put the disappointing defeat to New Zealand firmly behind them.

On Wednesday Andy Robinson named his matchday 22, featuring four changes to the starting XV, with one positional switch, and Rory Lawson coming in as scrum-half and captain in place of concussion victim Mike Blair.

Lawson, who missed the 49-3 loss to the All Blacks with a hand injury, said: "There's a big fire burning now and the boys are itching to get back out on to the Murrayfield pitch again."

He added: "You don't become a bad side overnight. We were playing against the number one side in the world and, from my perspective, we had a chance if we had all played one of our best games for Scotland. We didn't and you can't afford not to be at your best against the All Blacks.

"We've learnt our lessons and now the key is moving forward into the game on Saturday against South Africa, the number two side in the world and a side who have won both their games so far on this tour. We understand it's a huge challenge, a massive challenge for everyone in the squad, but one everyone is looking forward to."

Lawson was named the 111th Scotland captain and will be the third scrum-half behind Blair and Chris Cusiter to lead Scotland in Robinson's tenure as head coach.

He is grandson of the late Bill McLaren and believes the moment he leads Scotland out at Murrayfield would have been a special one for the legendary commentator, who died in January.

"I'm sure he'll be looking down, hugely proud and I hope to make him proud too," added Lawson. It's one of those childhood dreams, you think about it when you're a youngster.

"I'm hugely honoured to be offered this opportunity and hopefully we can go out and put together a really strong performance."

Scott MacLeod comes in at lock, Nathan Hines at blindside flanker, with Kelly Brown moving to number eight, and Nikki Walker on the wing. Dougie Hall, Moray Low and Chris Paterson, who is hoping for his 101st cap, have been named on the bench.