Scotland v South Africa: Autumn international as it happened

Scotland fail to score a point as they lose 28-0 to South Africa in the last of this weekend's autumn internationals.

17 November 2013 Last updated at 13:59

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As it happened

  1. 1719: 
    THAT'S YOUR LOT

    Outside my window I can see dry ice and rotating lasers as Salford Quays gears up for the Voice on BBC One.

    Will I bump into new judge Kylie Minogue in the bar later? I should be so lucky.

    And on that predictable note, goodnight.

  2. 1712: 
    NEXT WEEKEND

    So England, Ireland and Scotland took on the big three from the southern hemisphere this weekend, and it ended 3-0 to the boys from the bottom of the globe - we've been here before...

    Wales did beat Argentina, but although they're from the southern hemisphere, the Pumas don't belong in the top rank just yet.

    Of the three beaten sides England will be the happiest with their efforts you'd have thought, but they're now done and dusted until the Six Nations, which kicks off in February.

    Next weekend Wales host Tonga on Friday night, Scotland will eyeing an upset against Australia on Saturday afternoon and Ireland face the might of New Zealand on Sunday afternoon.

    The world champion All Blacks are eyeing a perfect year and you can follow it all on the BBC - we're as all-encompassing as a Willem Alberts tackle.

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    George Thorpe: SA outwitted and made most of Scotland mistakes defensively and on attack. That's what the best teams do some times

    Kaylan Geekie: Crushing victory for Springboks. Scotland average but no worse than usual

    Diegwu: Congrats to the SpringBoks masterclass performance this evening

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    JP Pietersen, who won his 50th cap for South Africa today: "It is an amazing achievement and to play it at Murrayfield is something I will treasure for the rest of my life. We wanted to step up this weekend and we did that. We executed the game plan well. The conditions didn't suit us but we took the opportunities we had."

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    IN FOR THE KILL
    Willie Le Roux

    South Africa full-back and man of the match Willie Le Roux: "The ball bounced into my hands and I was lucky to be there to score my try. You don't know when it will be your last game so you have to play every game as though it is your last."

  6.   
    Gavin Hastings, Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Obviously the scoreline suggests a hammering but it wasn't like that. South Africa are hugely physical and wanted to keep their try-line intact but Scotland could just not manage to breach it. They worked extremely hard and provided there aren't too many knocks the important thing is to front up against Australia next week and take the game to them. I am not as disappointed as some people might be."

  7.   
    Andy Nicol, Former Scotland scrum-half and BBC Sport expert

    "Scotland dug deep but that is the minimum you would expect and in the end they scored zero. You have to give credit to South Africa's defence, Scotland threw a lot at them but it was absorbed and we saw the second best team in the world in the Springboks today."

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    Justin Marshall, Former All Blacks scrum-half and BBC Sport pundit

    "A very clinical display from South Africa particularly in the first half. Scotland had a mountain of possession in the second half and will be encouraged by their showing."

  9.  
    FULL-TIME- Scotland 0-28 South Africa

    Oof. Beaten up in the first half and then unable to break down South Africa in the second, Scotland were well beaten.

    They'll point to the fact they only conceded a single try after the break but they looked both pedestrian and lightweight compared to the visitors.

    Conditions also worsened dramatically in the second half, so Heyneke Meyer will be doubly pleased as he's been praying for rain to toughen up the Boks ahead of the 2015 World Cup since he arrived on Mud Island.

  10. 79 mins: 
    Scotland 0-28 South Africa

    Scotland can't get any momentum in the scrum, and when they go wide Duncan Weir slides a grubber through, but man of the match Willie le Roux wins the race to touch down for South Africa.

    Scotland have had 70% possession in the second half by the way...

  11. 77 mins: 
    TRY REVIEW- Scotland 0-28 South Africa

    Duncan Weir runs straight into South Africa number eight Duane Vermeulen - sympathy groans echo round the ground.

    Then Scotland score! Maybe! Perhaps not. I'll let you know shortly.

    Max Evans races onto a nice kick from Weir - somehow still in one piece - but Bryan Habana gets back and just manages to get enough on the ball to deny Evans the score.

    TMO rules it's a scrum five to Scotland. Confusion reigns, eventually Chris Cusiter will put the ball in.

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    Gavin Hastings, Former Scotland full-back and bBBC Radio 5 live expert

    "I think Scotland will actually take some heart from this performance. I am not making excuses but the performance is not as bad as the score suggests and I think it will give them confidence going into the Australia match next week because the Australians are not as strong as South Africa."

  13. 75 mins: 
    INJURY- Scotland 0-28 South Africa

    The game has been halted for a potentially serious injury to South Africa flanker Francois Louw. The Bath open-side was bound on at a ruck when Scotland second row Jim Hamilton tried to smash him out of the way and caught Louw's chin with his shoulder, causing the South African's head to snap back.

    He has been immobilised and strapped to a spinal board - an action taken whenever there's a head or neck injury - and is being driven from the field on a motorised stretcher.

    Let's hope he's OK, you've got to be a brave man to take the field in a rugby match. Louw gives the thumbs up as he's taken off, great to see.

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    DT Head: Absolutely disgusting piece of petulance by JP Pietersen - that stuff should be stamped out

    Alex: JP Pieterson you LAD

    Matthew James Barnes: What a tackle by JP!!Nice touch driving Denton's face into the dirt as well!! #embarrassed

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    Justin Marshall, Former All Blacks scrum-half and BBC Sport pundit

    "David Denton tried the big hand-off but JP Pietersen got under him and smashed him into touch. Come on!"

  16. 75 mins: 
    Scotland 0-28 South Africa

    Scotland have been out-played in every department. They try another attack but it's pretty insipid stuff - despite the fervour of the crowd - and get turned over at the ruck.

    The Boks clear and Scotland counter - here comes David Denton! He's a big pacy number eight, but visiting winger JP Pietersen lines him up, brushes aside the attempted hand-off and smashes him into touch. Ouch. The winger adds insult to injury as he gives him a face wash - pushing Denton's face into the turf.

  17. 73 mins: 
    Scotland 0-28 South Africa

    Scotland win the line-out and drive to within five. The maul is halted and they look to go over with one-out runners, but big winger Sean Lamont is halted, the Boks pounce and it's a penalty to the visitors. They shall not cross.

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    Gavin Hastings, Former Scotland full-back and BBC Radio 5 live expert

    "If we had about another eight South African players sent to the sin-bin conceivably Scotland might have a chance because they could probably win the physical battle then."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

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    Jack Colwill: Scotland looking very blunt at the moment. No penetration at all, SA don't look close to conceding points.

  20. 70 mins: 
    SIN BIN- Scotland 0-28 South Africa

    Scotland are playing for their dignity, South Africans are trying to impress boss Heyneke Meyer with a view to the 2015 World Cup on British shores.

    Boks down to 14 men! Replacement flanker Marcell Coetzee binned as the Boks are penalised for persistent infringement. If a try is going to come, now's as good a time as any.

  21. 68 mins: 
    Scotland 0-28 South Africa

    Scotland are trying, oh how they are trying, but when replacement fly-half Duncan Weir (5ft 8in) has a crack he runs into Bismarck Du Plessis (18 stone) and Eben Etzebeth (6ft 8in) and disappears from sight.

    That was like a magic trick, I'm quite surprised to see him reappear to be honest.

  22. 65 mins: 
    Scotland 0-28 South Africa
    Jean de Villiers

    South Africa captain Jean de Villiers nearly picks off a pass with the line at his mercy but the ball goes to ground.

    One good sign for Scotland, the scrum's going well. How was your egg curate?

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    Gavin Hastings, Former Scotland full-back and brother of fellow international Scott

    "I think Richie Gray will be pretty upset to be leaving the field when his younger brother comes on."

  24. 63 mins: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Scotland 0-28 South Africa

    Thanks Richie, time for a rest. And to replace you in the second row? Baby brother Jonny Gray, 19, on for his debut.

    They're the 48th pair of brothers to play for Scotland.

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    Gavin Hastings, Former Scotland full-back and BBC Radio 5 live expert

    "South Africa take so much out of you physically and they have a formidable bench. Bakkies Botha comes off and then on comes Eben Etzebeth - that's not exactly lightening the load."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

  26. 61 mins: 
    Scotland 0-28 South Africa

    Remember when I mentioned the likes of Eben Etzebeth, Bismarck du Plessis and Tendai Mtawarira earlier on, and what superb physical specimens they are?

    Well, they've all just come off the bench for the Springboks. Gulp.

    Scotland give it their all and win several penalties but when Richie Gray tries his luck he is enveloped by vice-like South African tacklers. Penalty to the Boks and they clear their lines.

  27. 59 mins: 
    Scotland 0-28 South Africa

    Technically Justin Marshall is absolutely right, but his description of what happened for the fourth Bok try reminds me of the infamous description of how to play cricket.

    "Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out."

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    Justin Marshall, Former All Blacks scrum-half and BBC Sport pundit

    "What you want to do is rush and get low early on in the line-out. They go on the outside and it opens up on the inside and South Africa go in with no defenders up against them."

  29. 52 mins: 
    TRY (Oosthuizen, con Lambie)- Scotland 0-28 South Africa
    Coenie Oosthuizen scores

    We've seen this before. Good throw to Duane Vermeulen, the Scots try to shove him back but the visitors switch the ball to the left and the pack drives over with Coenie Oosthuizen in the van.

  30. 51 mins: 
    Scotland 0-21 South Africa

    Great soaring catch from Tommy Seymour followed by a quick tap penalty form Greig Laidlaw - Scotland are really trying to up the tempo but the ball is spilled in midfield as Jim Hamilton forces a pass.

    Boks go wide, Bryan Habana chips ahead and Tommy Seymour is forced to kick the ball into touch five metres from the hosts' line. Gutting.

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    Sean: Scottish are losing their professionalism here. Couple acts of petulance, any need?

    Kaylan Geekie: Springboks umbrella defence is great. This team could play an offside trap in football with that cohesion.

    Fraser Kay: Where's the cutting edge for Scotland? He's (Stuart Hogg) sat in the studio with Inverdale and Andy Nicol.

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    Gavin Hastings, Former Scotland full-back and BBC Radio 5 live expert

    "I worry what might happen in the last 20 minutes because Scotland are working so hard in defence and it will take its toll. Scotland will have to use their bench well."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

  33. 45 mins: 
    Scotland 0-21 South Africa

    What can Scotland do? They try to use Duncan Taylor though midfield but the Saracens centre spills the ball in a tackle by Springbok eight Duane Vermeulen.

  34. 42 mins: 
    Scotland 0-21 South Africa

    Nice cross-kick for Nick De Luca but Scotland infringe and a brief moment of hope is extinguished as quickly as a candle in a drafty croft.

  35. 41 mins: 
    Scotland 0-21 South Africa

    Quite scary the new-look South Africa. The same old brutal power up front, but they've added some class out wide. We're under way once more in Edinburgh.

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    Chris Paterson, Former Scotland full-back and BBC Sport expert
    Willie Le Roux breaks through

    "As a Scottish supporter it's frustrating but it's the basic mistakes, especially around the line-out, that have been troubling. The South Africans have changed their game from all out physicality and brutality and added some guile to their game. That's because they recognise they need that to win the World Cup."

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    Injured Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg on BBC One: "South Africa are a very physical side and they have brought it to Scotland. We need to pick ourselves back up in the second half. The half-backs need to control the ball a bit more and I'd like to see the back three show their attacking threat."

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    Matthew Hickman: Scotland are looking like a team with no direction. Need to play a bit of rugby! No chance of them out muscling the Boks

    Cathal Groome: South Africa are a monstrous team!

    Melissa Green: Come on Scotland! Get your head in the game!!

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    Justin Marshall, Former All Blacks scrum-half and BBC Sport pundit

    "Very dominant from South Africa and that is what we expected. Strong down the middle and they have shown potency out wide which can break you apart."

    South Africa score the first try
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    Andy Nicol, Former Scotland scrum-half and BBC Sport expert

    "I am shell-shocked. A really disappointing 40 minutes and every stat is against Scotland by a long way. There is no redeeming feature but at times the defence was gusty. The line-out fell to pieces, five times they lost it in the first half."

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    HALF-TIME- Scotland 0-21 South Africa

    Scotland have defended with real bravery - when is that ever not the case - but they are being blown away by the big Bok battering ram.

    Actually, that's only part of the story, because there is real class in the South Africa backline, and Willie Le Roux has illuminated a grey day in Edinburgh with a couple of incisive interjections.

    Forty more minutes still to play, would love to be a fly on the wall in the home dressing room right now.

  42. 39 mins: 
    Scotland 0-21 South Africa

    One final chance for Scotland to get on the scoreboard before half-time? Sean Lamont makes good ground down the blind-side, South Africa infringe and the hosts will kick to the corner and go for the attacking line-out.

    Richie Gray wins the line-out and David Denton has a crack, but it's like running into a wall for the number eight as he is met by opposite number Duane Vermeulen - the resulting smack! echoes around the ground.

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    Gavin Hastings, Former Scotland full-back and BBC Radio 5 live expert

    "Notwithstanding the pressure they have been under, Scotland will be disappointed if they can't get the scoreboard ticking over by half-time. They have to keep working, and keep believing in themselves. They have had possession now but have made silly little mistakes."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

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    Mark Hartl: Oh dear. Scotland being routed by the Springbocks at Murrayfield

    Jack Colwill: Absolutely superb third try from South Africa, vintage rugby. Well played Willie Le Roux

    Andy Carroll: Step. Gas. Chip. Genius

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    Justin Marshall, Former All Blacks scrum-half and BBC Sport pundit

    "Genius from Willie Le Roux. He went to the line, produced a fantastic step and hit the accelerator. Bang! He chipped the ball forward, the bounce was perfect and in they go again."

  46. 31 mins: 
    TRY (Pietersen, con Lambie)- Scotland 0-21 South Africa

    This is turning into the Willie Le Roux show, and I might have to retract that Miley Cyrus gag.

    From the kick-off the Boks feed full-back Le Roux and he scythes between two forwards in the defensive line, weaves his way past the cover and kicks ahead for winger JP Pietersen to outpace the cover and go over despite Ruaridh Jackson's futile attempt at a tackle.

    Pat Lambie lines up the conversion - and it goes over off the bar.

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    Justin Marshall, Former All Blacks scrum-half and BBC Sport pundit

    "Scotland tried to shift the ball but the South African defence moved up and came up with the ball. Once Willie le Roux put the hammer down, no-one was going to catch him."

  48. 30 mins: 
    TRY (Le Roux, con Lambie)- Scotland 0-14 South Africa
    Willie Le Roux scores

    Scots on the attack. This is looking dangerous - for the hosts.

    Scotland go wide at pace but fly-half Ruaridh Jackson tries to force a blind pass, Willie Le Roux pounces on it like a jackal and no-one's going to catch him from halfway.

  49. 29 mins: 
    Scotland 0-7 South Africa

    Boks back camped on the home line. There's a skirl of the bagpipes as big man after big man hammers away but Scotland stand firm and when Willem Alberts is cut off at the knees, Jim Hamilton forces the penalty as he gets hands on the ball and the Bok blind-side holds on.

    This is heroic defence from the Scots - really smashing them in D.

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    Gavin Hastings, Former Scotland full-back and BBC Radio 5 live expert

    "You have to give huge credit to Scotland for their defence. You can get great confidence from keeping your line intact. They made a series of magnificent tackles and that could make South Africa frustrated."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

  51. 23 mins: 
    Scotland 0-7 South Africa

    Jaque Fourie glides up an escalator to take a hanging kick ahead of Sean Maitland and feeds JP Pietersen, who beats man after man in the tight spaces before finally being felled by Greig Laidlaw.

    South Africa and Pietersen come again, the lanky winger getting to within five metres before once again being brought to ground. The Boks go wide... and Sean Lamont scythes down his man to halt the attack.

    The hosts are defending with real heart but there's been 56 carries by the Boks so far to eight by Scotland - how long can the dam hold?

  52. 20 mins: 
    Scotland 0-7 South Africa
    Ross Ford makes a tackle

    South Africa are about as subtle as Miley Cyrus but they are effective and Scotland have been put under huge pressure in the first quarter of the game.

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    Justin Marshall, Former All Blacks scrum-half and BBC Sport pundit

    "South Africa have always had a good line-out but Scotland are getting their timings wrong. They need to get together in the downtime and figure out where they are going wrong."

  54. 17 mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY (Lambie)- Scotland 0-7 South Africa

    Scotland penalised as Tommy Seymour takes out Bryan Habana as he chases a kick, but Pat Lambie, all choirboy curls and cheekbones that only a fly-half could pull off, pushes his kick to the right of the posts.

  55. 15 mins: 
    Scotland 0-7 South Africa

    The Edinburgh pitch has the consistency of a Highland bog, with great gouts being gouged out at every scrum.

    Here come the Boks again but Jaque Fourie is penalised for diving on Greig Laidlaw as the Scotland captain fumbles the ball inches from his own line. Let-off for the hosts.

  56.   
    Gavin Hastings, Former Scotland full-back and BBC Radio 5 live expert
    South Africa win the ball

    "South Africa are so much stronger but somehow Scotland have got to win the ball and the big guys have got to try to spark something. Two throw-ins from Ross Ford haven't gone to plan because the hooker is under pressure from the size and physicality of South Africa's line-out jumpers."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

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    Justin Marshall, Former All Blacks scrum-half and BBC Sport pundit

    "With 11 minutes gone, Scotland need to get hold of some possession."

  58. 9 mins: 
    Scotland 0-7 South Africa

    The Boks are unloading their big runners down the narrow channels around the breakdown, but Scotland hold firm and a penalty enables them to make it into the visitors' half for the first time in possession.

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    John Mennis: Moving & heart wrenching interview with Joost van der Westhuizen on @BBCSport now - what a strong man

    SamOByrne: Amazing interview from Joost van der Westhuizen on @BBCSport speaking about his battle with Motor Neuron disease

    Aoife Murphy: What a truly inspirational man Joost van der Westhuizen is on @BBCSport life is definitely too short to worry about petty things #fighter

    You can watch an interview with the former South Africa scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen on the BBC Sport website.

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    Lisa Gwawr: Might be a long day of defending for the Scots today #fight

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    Justin Marshall, Former All Blacks scrum-half and BBC Sport pundit

    "What a great start from South Africa, nothing complicated about the approach. Not looking for offloads, just looking for confrontation."

  62. 4 mins: 
    TRY (Alberts, con Lambie)- Scotland 0-7 South Africa
    Willem Alberts

    Ah, that's not gone well for the Scots. The Boks throw to the tail, Duane Vermeulen takes and feeds Willem Alberts, and the blind-side marks his lively start by driving over largely untouched as the home defence melts away like a knob of butter on a fresh out-of-the-oven Scotch pancake.

  63.   
    Gavin Hastings, Former Scotland full-back and BBC Radio 5 live expert

    "Three and a quarter minutes and I don't think I've seen such a sustained start to a rugby match. Scotland did their job tackling their man time and time again, but they got caught at the end and conceded the penalty. It was as if they were saying 'we've had enough of tackling!'"

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

  64. 3 mins: 
    Scotland 0-0 South Africa

    Boks look to go through the phases. Bakkies Botha is stopped at source but the mighty Willem Alberts carries effectively and although Scotland defend well they eventually lose patience - and the Boks kick the penalty to the corner!

  65. 1 min: 
    Scotland 0-0 South Africa.

    Pat Lambie hangs the kick high and deep, David Denton carries and Ruaridh Jackson clears for the Scots.

  66. 1500: 

    "And send him homewards, tae think again..."

    The strains of Flower of Scotland drain away as a fighter jet roars overhead. Here we go now.

  67. 1459: 

    Scotland interim coach Scott Johnson on BBC One: "It is a quality opposition we are playing and we need to stand up today. We have to make sure we are competitive and put on a good competition. If we get our part right, we can compete with anyone.

    "We are trying to grow our team and make competition for places. We have an arduous six to seven months of rugby and need to plan and get it right."

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    James Ash: If Scotland lose by less than 15 points I'll be impressed

    Daniel Craveiro Luis: South Africa to win by 24 Points

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    Injured Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg on BBC One: "We can definitely win this game if we keep the South Africa big boys out of the game."

  70. 1457: 

    And what about Scotland. I know I (and Mike Blair) keep banging on about the Boks' power, but there's plenty in this Scots team too.

    Captain Kelly Brown is a surprise omission on the flank, but David Denton is a big ball carrier at eight, Alasdair Strokosch is a tackling machine on the blind-side and there's plenty of beef in the front five of the pack.

    Jim Hamilton is a shambling Alp of a man, while Richie Gray gave rise to the legend of the Yeti when he went hiking in the Himalayas - can the 6ft 10in second row bring a hard edge to go with his undoubted ability?

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  72. 1454: 

    South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer on BBC One: "We respect Scotland and we need a clinical performance today and need an 80 minute performance. Set pieces are the most important and we need to improve on the scrummaging. The result will take of itself and the guys are looking forward to a quality game.

  73. 1453: 

    Young Eben gets a rest because Bakkies (it means pick-up truck in Afrikaans) Botha returns to the international scene for the first time in two years.

    He's quite a handful Bakkies. At the other end of the spectrum baby-faced playmaker Pat Lambie gets a run at 10 in place of fly-half Morne Steyn.

    And then, of course, there's the flyer Bryan Habana out wide. The winger has 53 tries in 93 Tests and has also been soaking up the sun alongside Bakkies in Toulon (where they play with former England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson).

    Not to say there isn't plenty of sun in Cape Town though, as clearly there is. Damn I miss the sun.

  74. 1448: 

    Want to know how good South Africa are? Well, they've left Bismarck du Plessis, rated by many to be the world's best hooker, and giant young second row Eben Etzebeth, very much the coming man of South African second row enforcer-dom, on the bench.

    And they're riding pine alongside prop Tendai Mtawarira, nicknamed "Beast". Yeah.

  75. 1443: 
    TEAM NEWS

    Scotland: Maitland; Seymour, De Luca, Taylor, Lamont; Jackson, Laidlaw; Dickinson, Ford, M Low, R. Gray, Hamilton, Strokosch, Barclay, Denton.

    Replacements: Lawson, Grant, Cross, J. Gray, Beattie, Cusiter, Weir, Evans.

    South Africa: Le Roux; Pietersen, Fourie, de Villiers, Habana; Lambie, du Preez; Steenkamp, Strauss, Malherbe, Botha, Van der Merwe, Louw, Alberts, Vermeulen.

    Replacements: Du Plessis, Mtawarira, Oosthuizen, Etzebeth, Coetzee, Pienaar, Steyn, Engelbrecht.

    Referee: Jerome Garces (France)

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    Scotland lost to the Boks 30-17 this summer as part of a four-way tournament in South Africa.

    They also went down to Samoa and edged past Italy by a solitary point in June, but injured Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg told BBC One: "We can take massive confidence from the summer tour. This will be a massive physical encounter today."

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    britfan: Would love to think otherwise, but I see a thrashing coming for Scotland today. SA just too good.

    Liam Norman: The Scots will start well as usual, before being dominated - but not smashed - by South African power and pace and losing by 10

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    Scotland fans

    That's not to sat the Scots are downhearted. It's a bit of a cliche but they're at their best when they're up against it, and let's not forget this Scotland side came a creditable third in the Six Nations.

    They also have expectant fans, such as the wee (last usage of that word I promise) lad on the left in this picture, who must be the youngest Movember participant around. Good work kid, only seven and still more impressive than anything former England scrum-half Austin Healey can muster.

  79. 1432: 
    Bakkies Botha in training

    "The most physically dominant team on the planet." I'll just let that sink in a while. Can you imagine what it's like facing the likes of 18-stone plus Willem Alberts or Bakkies Botha (oh yeah, the 6ft 8in enforcer is back after recharging his batteries on the Mediterranean coast).

    You can? Quick, send in an amusing simile.

    There's pictures on BBC One now by the way.

  80. 1427: 

    Did I mention South Africa are a big team? So how do you beat them - let former Scotland scrum-half Mike Blair be your guide in his latest column for the BBC Sport website.

    "Even with a heavy pack of forwards like Scotland have, a one-dimensional arm-wrestle with South Africa will only end in a home defeat; the Springboks are the most physically dominating team on the planet," he writes.

    "Scotland will have to act swiftly in mind and body throughout the game, mix up their attack by using the heavy runners and the wide channels, kick cleverly, chase hard and keep the ball moving as much as they can."

  81. 1426: 
    SOUTH AFRICA ARRIVE
    South Africa arrive

    The teams arrived at Murrayfield a little while ago, and the South Africans received a warm welcome from their adoring fans.

  82. 1422: 
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    But this isn't a one-way conversation - I want to know what you think about the game. Scotland fans - you can't possibly beat the Boks can you? After all, you've only managed it once in the past 10 matches.

    If you can win, how are you going to do it - who are the key men wearing the thistle today?

    And Bokke around the world, how do you see it going? Can Scotland offer any resistance, or will they be steamrollered into the ground? And if you've made it as far as Edinburgh, how's the head today. Have a wee dram did we?

    Get in touch with us via Twitter using #bbcrugby or text us on 81111.

  83. 1418: 
    BBC COVERAGE

    And then there's the wonderful world of apps. Not only can you use the BBC Sport app instead of the website on mobiles and tablets, it now comes with live streaming of BBC Radio 5 live.

    That's brand new, and all for you.

  84. 1415: 
    BBC COVERAGE

    Want to watch or listen to the game as well as drink in the words of wisdom pouring from my keyboard? Just as well we've got you covered then, in the UK at least.

    John Inverdale rehearses his lines

    Our coverage on BBC One starts at 1430 and we'll also be broadcasting on BBC Radio 5 live and Radio Scotland - all of which you can find on the website as well. We do like to go the extra mile.

  85. 1410: 

    But enough of the past for now, today is all about Scotland and whether they can slay the Springboks. A Springbok, of course, is an agile antelope, a peaceful vegetarian very much of the live and let live philosophy of life. Has there even been a less appropriately named team than the red in tooth and claw South Africans?

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    Today's game is the last of four autumn Tests featuring rugby union's Home Nations this weekend - and they've been pretty tasty so far.

    The stand-out encounter was the match in London between New Zealand and England, with the world champions surviving a ferocious fight-back before defeating the hosts in a belter of a game.

    Down the M4 Wales were - finally - able to celebrate victory in an autumn Test after four long years as they brushed aside Argentina.

    But there were fewer smiles in Dublin as Ireland stuttered to defeat against an improving Australia side.

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    The only side they are behind in the world rankings is the one some are calling "the best team in world sport". Huge up front, experienced through the spine and lively out wide, South Africa bow only to the All Blacks.

    Today Scotland welcome them to Murrayfield aiming for their sixth victory in 24 attempts against the Springboks. If you're looking for a relaxing way to pass an autumn afternoon this is not for you. If, on the other hand, you fancy a bit of brutal sporting action, then you've definitely come to the right place...

    The band raises spirits

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