Pieter-Steph du Toit has been a powerful presence for the Springboks this year. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters
It would be fair to say, despite two close results either way, that the Springboks have not played their best rugby in this tour to the northern hemisphere.

They lost out to England, in controversial fashion, but should never have been in a position to lose anyway, and against France only made it across the line after the 80 minutes.

Now they face Scotland today with a chance to show what they are really about in what will still be a challenging, albeit, different type of Test match.

Listening to captain Siya Kolisi talking ahead of the match, there is a clear feeling that the Boks have put in the hard yards in preparation.

“The coaching team, and especially Aled (Walters, head of athletic performance) prepared us well, and Coach Rassie wants to make sure that we are physically and mentally ready for the game he wants us to play,” said Kolisi after the captain’s run in Edinburgh yesterday.

Erasmus joined the Springbok coaching staff after a stint in Ireland, with Munster, and Kolisi made mention of how that has helped the team.

“His knowledge of coaching up here in the northern hemisphere also helps a lot,” the captain added

Kolisi went on to push the narrative of doing better than they had in the last two games, stating that they are striving for a full performance.

“We want to improve in every match, but the ultimate goal is to do what we are really capable of over 80 minutes. I know it will come and we will be pushing for it this week,” said Kolisi.

The Boks will hope that they can not only get their second win on tour, and in a row, but also put on a performance that gives them confidence heading into the last Test against Wales the following weekend.

However, they also need to break the Murrayfield hoodoo which has claimed nine of the last 10 opponents that have played there.


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