Edinburgh - The weather that coach Heyneke Meyer may have been hoping for so that his players could be tested in the most inclement conditions ahead of the 2015 World Cup, was not forthcoming when his Springbok team woke up in their team hotel in Edinburgh on Sunday.
And by Scotland standards, it hasn’t been that cold either – certainly not as bad as last year – with the runners and walkers out enjoying the pathways, roads and views around Arthurs Seat on a temperate Sunday morning by local standards.
So the final line-up, with Siya Kolisi removed from the bracket that enclosed him and Alberts, reads as follows:
On the evidence of the Wallabies' fine 32-15 win over Ireland on Saturday, they could well be wrong about that, although the current IRB World Rankings do reflect that the Boks are ahead of their Australian rivals by some distance.
Teams for the one-off international between Scotland and South Africa at Edinburgh's Murrayfield on Sunday (1500GMT kick-off):
Sean Maitland; Tommy Seymour, Nick De Luca, Duncan Taylor, Sean Lamont; Ruaridh Jackson, Greig Laidlaw (capt); David Denton, John Barclay, Alasdair Strokosch; Jim Hamilton, Richie Gray; Moray Low, Ross Ford, Alasdair Dickinson
Replacements: Scott Lawson, Ryan Grant, Geoff Cross, Jonny Gray, Johnnie Beattie, Chris Cusiter, Duncan Weir, Max Evans
Willie le Roux; JP Pietersen, Jaque Fourie, Jean de Villiers (capt), Bryan Habana; Pat Lambie, Fourie du Preez; Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw; Flip van der Merwe, Bakkies Botha; Frans Malherbe, Adriaan Strauss, Gurthro Steenkamp
Replacements: Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira, Coenie Oosthuizen, Eben Etzebeth, Marcell Coetzee, Ruan Pienaar, Morne Steyn, JJ Engelbrecht
Referee: Jerome Garces (FRA)