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Building in Edinburgh
November 15, 2012
The headline might sound weird, as the Scottish capital (or at least the Old Town, where the Boks are staying) have been built centuries ago, but that is exactly what the Springboks will be aiming to do this weekend when they play the second Test of the Castle Outgoing Tour at Murrayfield.

More precisely, would be building on the second half performance against Ireland last weekend, where the Boks turned around a 12-3 deficit at half-time to win 16-12 in a tough Test against a determined Irish team.

It was South Africa’s second successive win in Dublin after they had lost the last three prior to that.

In Scotland they can expect more of the same – the All Blacks won easily last Sunday, but the scoreboard doesn’t always tell the full story. Scotland scored three good tries, the most any team has scored against New Zealand this year, and will be hell-bent on getting one over the Boks.

That has been the theme in the questions posed at media conferences this week. Two years ago, the Scots also took a big hiding from the All Blacks only to hit back and shock the Boks a week later. Can they repeat that?

"We've been under the sword a few times year and we'll take a lot from our win against Ireland," said Bok coach Heyneke Meyer this week.

"But we have to keep our feet on the ground and stay humble. There's still stuff to learn and Scotland are waiting for us. We'd like to stay unbeaten on this tour but Scotland are a great team so we won't be arrogant.”

The Boks had a good week of preparation at Peffermill, not far from their hotel, and the Lasswade RFC, which is in a beautiful old town 30 minutes south east of Edinburgh, also called Lasswade.

The weather has been what was expected of Scotland this time of the year – cold and wet, but that did not deter the Boks as they went about their business of preparing for the Test with their usual enthusiasm and vigour.

On Thursday, the team’s day off, a couple of players visited the famous Edinburgh Castle, at the top of the Royal Mile, basically up the road from the Boks’ hotel. A few of the players apparently also did a “Haunted Dungeon Tour”, but they were not too keen to discuss this afterwards.

There were rumours that their hotel might be haunted, especially since a fire alarm inexplicably went off on Wednesday afternoon, but at that stage the players and management were out in Lasswade and they weren’t bothered by it.

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