Denton eyes Bok scalp

 Nov 13,2012
Written by: Editor

Scotland back-rower David Denton believes the Springboks' physical approach will suit his side in Saturday's Test at Murrayfield.

Despite suffering a 51-22 home loss to the All Blacks last weekend, Denton feels Scotland will cope better with South Africa's direct style than New Zealand's more enterprising play.

"Facing the All Blacks could have been more physical and it was more the tempo they played at which was the tough thing," he told the Edinburgh Evening News.

"These Boks are a side we can definitely play well against. Their tempo is a lot slower and they are a lot more physical but we can definitely handle that.

"Whenever New Zealand wanted to attack they had quick ball and we made it easy for them by missing first-up tackles. You can't win matches if you don't make your tackles and that is where we came unstuck.

"We have to get our defence sorted because we can't let a team score as many tries as New Zealand scored against us (six). You'll never win games like that.

"We need to work on our systems in defence. We were sitting off a bit too much. If we do come up with a bit more pressure in offence we are going to be in a very good place.

"We were rusty in defence and there were a few times in attack when we looked like a team that hadn't been together for a while.

"On other occasions, though, particularly towards the end of the first half, we looked like a very, very dangerous team.

"Defence is a big negative for us but we scored three tries and three tries should be enough to win you a game.

"The great positive I take is that we had a powerful maul I haven't seen in Scottish rugby for a long time.

"We knew we had to take them physically and we did that well."

Scotland have beaten South Africa twice in recent years - a factor which will boost Andy Robinson's troops' confidence ahead of this weekend's clash.

"A lot of our optimism does stem from having beaten South Africa as recently as 2010, but there is more to it than that," said Denton.

"They are a team our style of rugby suits playing against."

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