Gregor Townsend has reacted to a solid victory against Australia by spinning the selection wheel and making four changes. Matt Scott comes into the centre for the first time since 2017, displacing Sam Johnson whose partnership with Chris Harris is one of the best in the World presently. Scott’s inclusion suggesting Townsend wants a more physical presence in the face of Damian De Allende – the Crash Ball Thanos.
D’Arcy Graham leaves the squad entirely also, replaced by the promising Rufus McLean and Hamish Watson is on the bench with Jamie Ritchis in at seven and Nick Haining on the blind-side. Stuart McInally drops in at hooker for the injured George Turner.
Willie Le Roux returns to fullback for South Africa and there’s a new half-back pairing as the Jantjies Not-brothers Elton and Herschel unite.
Scotland: Stuart Hogg (captain); Rufus McLean, Chris Harris, Matt Scott, Duhan van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Pierre Schoeman, Stuart McInally, Zander Fagerson, Sam Skinner, Grant Gilchrist, Nick Haining, Jamie Ritchie, Matt Fagerson.
Replacements: Ewan Ashman, Jamie Bhatti, Oli Kebble, Jamie Hodgson, Hamish Watson, George Horne, Adam Hastings, Blair Kinghorn.
South Africa: Willie le Roux; Jesse Kriel, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Makazole Mapimpi; Elton Jantjies, Herschel Jantjies; Ox Nché, Bongi Mbonambi, Trevor Nyakane, Eben Etzebeth, Franco Mostert, Siya Kolisi (captain), Kwagga Smith, Duane Vermeulen.
Replacements: Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Lood de Jager, Jasper Wiese, Cobus Reinach, Handré Pollard, Frans Steyn.