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Scots vow to bounce back

Richie Gray

Scotland have vowed to recover from the heavy defeat to New Zealand, with world champions South Africa the next visitors to Murrayfield.

Andy Robinson's men meet the Springboks on Saturday, having conceded seven converted tries in a 49-3 loss to the All Blacks in the opening EMC Autumn Test.

Second row Richie Gray, who made his first international start after three replacement appearances, said: "We let ourselves down and the nation down. However, this is the positive about the autumn Tests, we've got another game to bounce back and get ourselves back on track."

The 21-year-old, who was among the injured with a dead leg, could face the formidable Springboks second-row combination of Bakkies Botha and Victor Matfield if he wins selection for this week's Test.

"The challenges just get bigger and bigger, but that's international rugby," added Gray.

"We'll build this week and we'll rectify the areas that went wrong.

"We'll remain positive and on the Saturday we'll have done everything to go out and put on a performance."