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Springboks wary of Scotland threat


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South Africa believe Scotland pose a "major threat" to their hopes of a Grand Slam tour this month.

The Springboks, having beaten Ireland and Wales, meet Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday seeking to make it three wins from three Tests on their northern hemisphere tour. The world champions, though, remain wary of Andy Robinson's team, despite their 49-3 loss to New Zealand last weekend.

Springboks forwards coach Gary Gold said: "They will be hurting after Saturday's defeat and they'll want to erase that memory as quickly as possible."

He added: "We're not reading too much into it - as (New Zealand head coach) Graham Henry said himself, the All Blacks hit a real purple patch and not many teams are able to live with them in that mood.

"It was Scotland's first match together after five months and they'll be much better for it.

"They had a series win in Argentina this year and beat Australia at Murrayfield a year ago so they pose a major threat and it would be a big mistake to use last Saturday's result as any serious form guide."

Lwazi Mvovo will make his debut on the wing and has been backed by centre Jean de Villiers to thrive.

"Obviously it's always disappointing to lose a player with the talent and experience of Bryan but on the other hand the opportunity has opened up for Lwazi to make his debut and we're all really excited for him," said Jean de Villiers.

"He has had an outstanding Currie Cup season with the Sharks and deserves his chance to show us what he can do in the Springbok jersey."