Rugby: Key to beating Springboks is to keep moving points of attack - Telfer

Former Scotland coach Jim Telfer believes South Africa could be there for the taking at Murrayfield on Saturday.

While castigating the hosts for their display in losing 49-3 to the All Blacks in the opening EMC Autumn Test, Telfer also believes that atonement could be swift - despite the opponents being the reigning world champions.

"I believe Scotland could bounce back and beat South Africa on Saturday. The world champions are just a shadow of the team which won in Paris in 2007 and are very predictable," says Telfer. "Their game is based on crude power and intimidation with very little subtlety and if we keep moving the points of attack then I think we have a chance. Both Morne Steyn and Ruan Pienaar kick a lot and that should give us plenty of chances to counter attack through players like Hugo Southwell and Max Evans, two of the successes against the All Blacks."

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On the 28th successive match against New Zealand in which Scotland have failed to record a victory, Telfer added: "Rugby matches are supposed to last for at least 80 minutes but Saturday's match between Scotland and New Zealand was effectively over after ten, when Dan Carter scored the simplest of tries down the blind side to take the score to 14-3.

"The visitors had already scored a couple of minutes earlier using a similar move from a scrum which had worked against England and, embarrassingly, both touchdowns looked like they were done unopposed. I knew at that point that Scotland were in for a hiding. Andy Robinson was obviously embarrassed by the display and I hope the players learn from the experience and make sure it never happens again."