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Boks vs Scotland: Who will emerge victorious?

The Springboks & Scotland will meet in Newcastle, with the winner set to top Pool B in the #RWC2015.

FILE: JP Pietersen. Picture: Rugby World Cup ‏@rugbyworldcup.

JOHANNESBURG - There is mixed opinion over who will emerge victorious in the Rugby World Cup clash between the Springboks and Scotland tomorrow.

Coach for the local Edinburgh rugby side, Alan Solomons, says the national team will put up a serious fight against South Africa tomorrow.

The teams will meet in Newcastle, with the winner set to top Pool B.

Solomons says the Boks could have their hands full.

"I see Scottish rugby is making great strides forward. We've got a good front five here. I think we're going to have a good pack of forwards."

Meanwhile, rugby expert Tank Lanning says Fourie du Preez is a good choice as captain.

"Du Preez's selection as captain took me unaware, I must say. But I quite like it. He basically makes all the calls on the field in any case and he and [Coach] Heyneke Meyer obviously come a long way."

It was announced this week that Du Preez has been given the captain's armband ahead of the game against Scotland, while Schalk Burger will serve as vice captain.

Coach Heyneke Meyer said losing two experienced captains in one week due to injury, namely Jean de Villiers and Victor Matfield, had been a severe blow but that the squad included a number of highly capable deputies.

LISTEN: #RWC2015: Behind the scenes with Heyneke Meyer

TEAM CHANGES

Meyer has also made three changes to the team that beat Samoa 46-6 in Birmingham.

Bismarck du Plessis returns to the starting line in place of Adriaan Strauss and Matfield is replaced by the young Lood de Jager who teams up with Eben Etzebeth to make up an exciting lock pairing.

The loose forwards remain the same with Burger, Francois Louw and Duane Vermeulen all holding onto their starting positions.

The experienced Du Preez, who provided excellent, clean quality ball for the backs at Villa Park, will lead out the team in a rather surprising move.

His talent, skill and experience all suggest it's a good move from Meyer - although with other captaincy options in Bismarck du Plessis, who has been vice captain before, Burger, who captained the team earlier this year, and Vermeulen, who did a wonderful job leading out the Stormers in Super Rugby - it comes as a bit of a surprise.

The backline sees Handre Pollard continue at 10, with Jessie Kriel coming in for the newly retired Jean de Villiers - he partners Damian de Allende at centre. Bryan Habana, JP Pietersen and Willie le Roux make up the rest of the backline.

Meyer said his team would have to build on their victory over Samoa on Saturday in order to stay in the hunt for a play-off spot at the Rugby World Cup.

The match kicks off at 5:45pm.

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