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Watercooler chat: Scotland v SA

Heyneke Meyer announced his Springbok side to take on Scotland this afternoon. Juan de Jongh and Guthro Steenkamp come into the side for Jaco Taute and Beast Mtwarira.

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Our senior correspondent Gavin Rich has joined up with the Boks on tour and will be attending today's press conference. We'll get him to share from there.

In the office the team will be made up of senior correspondent Brenden Nel, site editor Johan Coetzee and content producer Thando Mxoli.

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As we did last week, we asked the team members to get the ball rolling and give us the changes they would make to last week's Bok team. Here is what the gave us:

Brenden Nel (@brendennel): Changes to the lineup – mmm. Mine would be: Taute to fullback, Juan in at centre (although think I had it that way last week) and Mvovo on the wing in Hougaard’s place. Up front Gurthro in for CJ.

Thando Mxoli (@thando82): I would drop Zane as I believe he was poor on attack, his kicking was anything but special. Francois Hougaard would also be dropped and replaced by Lwazi Mvovo as I believe Francois was poor on defence and his workrate was poor, which contributed to him seeing very little of the ball.

Jaco would move to fullback and I believe Juan de Jongh has done enough to be given a chance at the position he has played his best rugby in this year.

Guthro comes in for Beast, he has the experience, has been playing great rugby for Toulose and he definitely won’t let the side down in terms of work rate both on defence and attack. I understand the need for continuity but I feel if there is a match where Heyneke can make changes it is this one, hence I would give Adriaan a rest and give Chiliboy a run this weekend. With Chiliboy in the team, the scrum won't be weakened as he has played with both Jannie and Guthro. He will be eager and I doubt he would weaken the side either on attack and defence.

Johan Coetzee (@jwcoetzee): Up front we obviously need a replacement for Beast. Guthro is fit by all accounts, so no need to fiddle there. Also happy with Heinke's impact off the bench last week, so he can stay there.

At scrumhalf I'd like to see Hougaard start ahead of Pienaar, if only for this match. Give him strict orders not to box-kick (so avoiding breaking down his confidence with more charge-downs) and let him explore what he is capable of under the new laws (especially the five-second rule, which could bring his instinctive, opportunistic self to the fore)

Lastly, De Jongh in for De Villiers with Juandre Kruger taking over the captaincy. I wouldn't mind it too much if this move was permamnent (at least until Jean can find his old spark again).

Well, there you have it. Agree, disagree? And was Heyneke too conservative? Let us have it.


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