Another “Battle of the Boet” looms as Scotland vow to take the fight to the Boks in the second Test on Saturday.
After succumbing relatively meekly in losing 36-16 in Durban on Saturday, Scotland coach Frank Hadden has called on his charges to be more aggressive.
Hadden blames timid tackling as one of the reasons the Boks were allowed to dominate the first Test. “We allowed the Springboks to pass the ball in contact situations. We should have tackled more aggressively,” Hadden said after watching his team concede four tries, with only a late consolation giving the score-line a certain amount of respectability.
However, Hadden had fighting words as his team attempts to square the series with an historic first-ever win over the Boks on home soil on Saturday: “Expect more aggressive play in the second Test.”
“We have made notes and will use them this week. It (the Durban Test) was a good learning curve for us,” Hadden was quoted in Die Volksblad.
Scottish captain, Jason White agreed. “When the Springboks play in South Africa, it is a major factor,” White said. “The news media also gave them a hard time before the Durban Test. And we were not as aggressive as we had been against France and England.”