Scots injury woes

Scotland’s heavy loss to the Springboks in Durban has taken its toll on more than just their resolve. An injury crisis looms.

After the 20-point loss at the weekend, Scotland may have to attempt to level the series minus four players who were all injured in the encounter.

Scotland coach Frank Hadden told reporters on Monday that flank Donnie Macfadyen had a painful sternum, flank and captain Jason White was struggling with a knee injury, fullback Hugo Southwell had a shoulder and neck problem and left wing Sean Lamont had taken a blow behind the knee.

The latter’s seems the most serious, with Macfadyen, White and Southwell hoping to be fit for the second Test in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

“We’ve no plans to fly anybody else in just now but we have our first selection meeting tonight and we’ll take it further from there,” Hadden said.

Hadden said it was the Boks defence that was too hot to handle. “We were too tentative, they fired all the big shots in the first 20 minutes and we didn’t fire any,” Hadden said.

“Our players were surprised by the pace and the intensity of their defence. We’ve played against rushed defence in Europe but this was faster.”