“The difference, compared to the French game, is that Scotland are probably a lot better technically in the defensive contact situations, while the French were very physical,” said Bok forwards coach Matt Proudfoot. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Wet and heavy conditions are the hallmark of northern hemisphere rugby, and it does not get much more northerly than Edinburgh.

But the Springbok pack has been growing and adjusting to the change in conditions, according to forwards coach Matt Proudfoot.

The Boks have had a mixed bag so far, with a one-point loss to England and a late victory over France.

But the expectation is that Scotland will be a different test, and a formidable one at that. This is why Proudfoot believes that the pack needs to be solid for the Boks to shine.

“We are improving as a pack and up here in the northern hemisphere, it is important to gain ascendancy from where we can launch attacks and put the opposition under pressure,” said Proudfoot.

“The Scots have built a formidable record at Murrayfield in the past two seasons, with their only loss from nine home Tests coming against New Zealand last November.”

Proudfoot has identified the good work that former Scottish stalwart Gregor Townsend has done with the team, and just where the Scots will be difficult to beat.

“The difference, compared to the French game, is that Scotland are probably a lot better technically in the defensive contact situations, while the French were very physical,” he said.

“Their continuity play and ability to apply a kicking game, which allows them to counter off the back of that, are some other strong points.

“They are also a very disciplined side who are able to defend for long phases, so you don’t get to break them down easily.”

Meanwhile, the Boks announced that they had released scrumhalf Faf de Klerk to play for his English club, Sale.

They added that a decision on his inclusion to face Wales the following week will only be made after the Scottish game. A call on the fitness of Eben Etzebeth will only be made later in the week.

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