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Le Roux expects more attacking Scots

2015-09-29 14:22
Willie le Roux (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Springbok fullback Willie le Roux expects an attacking approach from Scotland when the two teams duel in their Rugby World Cup clash in Newcastle on Saturday.

The Scots have traditionally been more renowned for their conservative, forward-oriented approach, but have shown some attacking prowess in their two games thus far in the tournament.

Scotland beat Japan 45-10 in their first game, before a splendid second half performance saw them beat the USA 39-16.

“Scotland scored four tries in both of their games so I would say they are going to play a more attacking game,” Le Roux said at a press conference in Newcastle on Tuesday.

After a shock 34-32 defeat to Japan in their first game, the Boks rebounded with a solid 46-6 win over Samoa in Birmingham last weekend.

The Boks physically dominated their opponents and opted for a more conservative approach before eventually racking up a handsome points tally.

They will attempt to do more of the same against Scotland on Saturday, according to Le Roux.

“We’ll have to look at them and see what we’re going to do against them, but I think we’ll stick to our same game plan and just (attempt to) deliver on the day. I'm looking forward to it.”

Le Roux did not feature in the shock loss to Japan and said he was happy to be part of the action against Samoa last weekend.

"We decided in the week what we were going to do and we stuck to our plans, we stuck to our guns and delivered on the day. It was great to be out there again. It was a good result for us."

Scotland’s last win over South Africa came in 2010 when Peter de Villiers’s team went down 21-17 at Murrayfield.

However, since Heyneke Meyer took the coaching reins in 2012, the Boks have won four out of four encounters - all by a margin of 11 points or more.

Saturday’s clash at St James’ Park - the home of English football side Newcastle United - is scheduled for 17:45 (SA time).

Springboks' record against Scotland since 2012:

November 2012, Murrayfield: 21-10 (w)

June 2013, Nelspruit: 30-17 (w)

November 2013, Murrayfield: 28-0 (w)

June 2014, Port Elizabeth: 55-6 (w)

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