Johannesburg - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer wasn’t being arrogant when he said at the start of this build-up week that his team has no choice but to win the inaugural Castle Incoming Tours Series, which starts for them with a match against Italy at Kings Park on Saturday evening.
But Meyer would also probably be the first to agree that what his team needs more than just to end on the winning side in the three matches they play – they need to win with some style to set a positive tone to the season and build some much needed confidence, both within the squad and in the minds of the rugby supporting public, ahead of the Castle Rugby Championship that starts in August.
The earlier match between Scotland and Samoa will be interesting in telling us what the Boks face going forward in this competition. Was the Samoa team that was so disappointing against the Golden Lions a true reflection of the standard of the island nation? I think not. And what impact will the non-availability of Lions players have on Scotland?