Scotland coach Gregor Townsend said that his team will have to be much better again than what they were against Fiji if they want to beat the Springboks. Photo: Reuters

EDINBURGH – Scotland had an excellent hit-out for Saturday’s Test against South Africa at Murrayfield at last week when they walloped Fiji 54-17.

It was Scotland’s biggest rugby Test win over Fiji, but their coach Gregor Townsend said his team will be up against one of the world’s best teams this week.

He said Scotland must be prepared to face a star-studded Springbok side.

Townsend said South Africa had an impressive Rugby Championship campaign, which saw them secure a famous 36-34 win over the All Blacks.

“South Africa are a different team to Fiji. They play in the Rugby Championship and are a top-five team in the world,” Townsend said.

“A few months ago, they came close to doing the double over New Zealand, so that shows you their quality.

“They bring different threats. They bring a traditional South African style, which is strong ball-carriers, huge set-piece and an excellent defence – whilst they have players dotted around the team who can score from anywhere.

“They’re a quality side, and we’ll have to be much better again. We have to rise up to the challenge of taking on one of the best teams in the world, but I believe that this squad can do that.”

African News Agency (ANA)