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Seymour taking nothing for granted

Scotland winger Tommy Seymour knows he cannot rely on his try-scoring home debut to help him keep his place against South Africa.

The 25-year-old crossed in each half on his third cap as Scotland beat Japan 42-17 in their opening viagogo Autumn Test at Murrayfield.

Scott Johnson's side face the Springboks on Sunday but Seymour knows the Australian is looking to use his full squad and is not being complacent about his place.

"I'm certainly not taking anything for granted," the Glasgow player told Press Association Sport.

"There were different parts of my game I wasn't happy with. Tries are only so much.

"You very much want to be a consistent defensive team and one that competes well in the tackle areas.

"There's a lot of things that you need to do right to keep your place.

"There are very talented players waiting to come in, the likes of Max Evans and Duncan Taylor. They are great players and they can come in and do a job.

"I have got to make sure that any opportunity I get, I do well."

Japan gave Scotland a scare early in the second half by twice closing the gap to one point following tries and Seymour knows the team have to improve against the Springboks, even though they eventually ran in six tries against an improving team who beat Wales in the summer.

American-born Seymour, who qualifies for Scotland through his Glasgow-born mother, said: "Japan were very tough, they brought a lot against us. They move the ball very well and tested us a couple of times and scored a couple of nice tries.

"So we have got to make sure that next week we are solid in these aspects of the defence.

"But also next week we are probably going up another level physically, the tackle contest against the South Africans will be very fierce.

"We have to make sure those aspects are up another two or three levels."


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