South Africa's Butch James being tackled by two Scottish defenders in their Test match at Murrayfield stadium in Edinburgh, November 16, 2002. Photo: REUTERS/Jeff J Mitchell

CAPE TOWN – South Africa, coming off a narrow win over France in Paris a week ago, play Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday. Here are some key facts to remember:

* Scotland and South Africa have faced each other in 26 Tests; the first of those was played in Hampden Park, Glasgow, on November 17, 1906.

* The Scots won that game, scoring tries through wing Alec Purves and Ken MacLeod in a 6-0 victory.

* That victory marked the first of Scotland’s five triumphs against the Boks. They would score victories again in 1965, 1969, 2002 and 2010.

* Scotland have won nine of their last 10 matches at home. Their only loss in that sequence came against New Zealand when they were beaten 22-17 at Murrayfield.

* The Boks’ biggest victory over the Scots occurred on December 6, 1997 when the South Africans scored a crushing 68-10 victory.

* The most points Scotland have scored against the Springboks is 29 in a match they still lost 46-29.

* The Boks have score 686 points in all Tests against their opponents tomorrow, at an average of 26.4 points per game, while the Scots average 11 points per game having only scored 286 points.

The teams are:

Scotland starting XV: Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Huw Jones, Pete Horne, Sean Maitland, Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw (capt), Ryan Wilson, Hamish Watson, Sam Skinner, Jonny Gray, Ben Toolis, WP Nel, Stuart McInally, Gordon Reid. 

Replacements: Fraser Brown, Allan Dell, Simon Berghan, Josh Strauss, Jamie Ritchie, Ali Price, Adam Hastings, Chris Harris

South Africa starting XV: Willie le Roux, S’bu Nkosi, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Handre Pollard, Embrose Papier, Duane Vermeulen, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi (capt), Franco Mostert, RG Snyman, Frans Malherbe, Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff.

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Thomas du Toit, Vincent Koch, Lood de Jager, Francois Louw, Ivan van Zyl, Elton Jantjies, Cheslin Kolbe

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