Scots ready to front up to the Springboks

EDINBURGH - Winger Rory Lamont has replaced his injured brother Sean Lamont in the Scotland side to face world champions South Africa at Murrayfield on Saturday.

EDINBURGH - Winger Rory Lamont has replaced his injured brother Sean Lamont in the Scotland side to face world champions South Africa at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Sean suffered a hamstring injury in the 32-6 defeat by New Zealand on Saturday. Rory's inclusion on the left wing is the only change made by Scotland coach Frank Hadden from the team beaten by the All Blacks.

Former captain Jason White was retained in the starting lineup despite Hadden and his selectors considering bringing in Gloucester flanker Al Strokosch.

"We didn't just rubber stamp last Saturday's team. Strokosch can consider himself very unlucky," Hadden told a news conference yesterday.

"Jason is way ahead of Al Strokosch in terms of his understanding of the lineout."

White's physical presence was also a determining factor to face the Springboks.

"If we don't front up physically this weekend we won't get into the game," added Hadden. "I expect the game to be a big confrontation. We've opted for a more physical pack."

Behind the scrum Hadden has maintained faith in flyhalf Phil Godman, despite the Edinburgh player's deficiencies in kicking from hand.

South Africa take on Scotland having beaten Six Nations champions Wales in Cardiff on Saturday and having prevented the Welsh from scoring tries.

"That's a reflection of how tough it is. Southern hemisphere teams play uncomplicated rugby. They just do it with pace and power," said Hadden. - Reuters

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