South Africa vs. Scotland: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Rugby Preview

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJune 27, 2014

NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 21:  Cornal Hendricks of South Africa during the 2nd test match between South Africa and Wales at Mbombela Stadium on June 21, 2014 in Nelspruit, South Africa. (Photo by Manus van Dyk/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Scotland have made the unenviable trip to Port Elizabeth this week and will end their 2014 summer Test series against South Africa on Saturday with hopes of finishing as unbeaten travellers.

So far, Vern Cotter boasts a 100 percent record since being installed at the team's helm, earning victories over Canada, the United States and Argentina in recent weeks.

However, as Wales will testify following their 31-30 defeat to the Springboks last week, South Africa are a more intimidating prospect altogether.

Read on for the fixture's vital viewing information, along with a preview of which players and head-to-head matchups will be most worthy of attention.


Date: Saturday, June 28

Time: 4:05 p.m. BST/11:05 a.m. ET

Live Stream: Sky Go app (UK, subscription required), SuperSport stream (SA, subscription required

TV Info: Sky Sports 3 (UK), SuperSport 1 (SA)


Key Players To Watch

South Africa: Handre Pollard

Heyneke Meyer has made something of a shock decision in calling Handre Pollard not only into his squad for Saturday's clash, but straight into the starting XV no less.

Although his Baby Boks lost to England in last weekend's under-20 Rugby World Cup final, Pollard was mightily impressive throughout the tournament, with Rugby World's Paul Williams attesting as to just what an occasion Saturday will be for the youngster:

BBC Sport confirmed Pollard will make his debut at fly-half for the senior team, quoting Meyer in voicing his support of the playmaker:

Handre is a very talented player and has a big opportunity this week, but he'll have (scrum-half) Fourie du Preez's experience next to him, while he's played a lot with (centre) Jan Serfontein before. Our plans had always been to try a few new combinations this week against Scotland and I'm looking forward to see the guys grab their opportunities.

As experimental as Pollard's inclusion is, he's undoubtedly a man set for big things on the world stage, as his progress with the Bulls this Super Rugby season suggests.

One might be tempted to think Scotland now have an opening to exploit this weekend, but with the No. 10 likely to be as determined to win as any other, and supremely talented to boot, South Africa may yet see another gem unearthed within their ranks.


Scotland: Grant Gilchrist

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Last weekend's 21-19 win over Argentina saw Grant Gilchrist become the youngest player ever to captain Scotland, showing that Cotter has no qualms in going against the grain in his new position.

And speaking to Scotland Rugby, the 23-year-old broke down the experience, as well as detailing what his side need to change for the South Africa clash:

Edinburgh's season wasn't filled to the brim with positives, but Gilchrist's development certainly sits among the few that were, and Cotter may yet utilise the lock at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium once again, captaincy retained or not.


Key Battle

Willie Le Roux vs. Stuart Hogg

Rarely has a game passed by of late where Willie le Roux isn't the most entertaining player in a fixture that he plays a part in.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 07: Willie le Roux of the Springbok during the International match between South Africa and World XV at DHL Newlands Stadium on June 07, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Luke Walker/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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The fullback showed plenty of functional flair in the two-Test series whitewash of Wales, scoring two tries and setting up another four—yes, four—in the 150 minutes he played against Warren Gatland's side.

As a result, Le Roux has waded into the debate of who the best No. 15 in the world is, with Sky Sports' Laura-Jane Jones and Williams debating the topic:

Coming up against the Springboks superstar this weekend, however, will be a serious talent in his own right, Stuart Hogg.

Having put the speculation over his supposed Glasgow Warriors departure to bed by committing to the club, per BBC Sport's Alasdair Lamont, it's time for Hogg to once again start showing his elite form.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 16:  Stuart Hogg of Glasgow Warriors looks out from the stand after being unexpectedly dropped from the team during The Glasgow Warriors and Munster RaboDirect Pro 12 Semi Final at Scotstoun Stadium on May 16, 2014 in Glasgow, Scot
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The most essential duty this weekend will be restricting his opposite number's influence with the boot, and Le Roux's tendency to lure a defence in before expertly chipping behind enemy lines is as astute as any other.

Hogg will undoubtedly offer an attacking presence of his own, but Le Roux is the heart of Meyer's line-up when at his creative best, and that input must be quashed.