Hines: Boks ideal opponents
Nathan Hines insists Scotland's final World Cup warm-up match will provide the squad with a perfect send-off.
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 17/08/07 2:36pm
Second-rower Nathan Hines insists Scotland's final World Cup warm-up match will provide the squad with a perfect send-off.
Frank Hadden's side upset the form books with their hard-fought 31-21 victory over Triple Crown holders Ireland at the weekend.
New Zealand and Italy remain the biggest obstacles blocking their qualification to the quarter-finals in France though.
And the experienced Perpignan lock is eager to see the side tested to its limits in their match against the Springboks.
"We played a pretty combative style against Ireland, and the Test against South Africa will be a huge examination as they are probably the most physical team in the world," he said.
"We have done pretty well against them in the past and I want to see how we stand up against their pack.
"It's ideal for us because if you want to be a strong powerful side you need to play against strong powerful teams and see how you come out."
Scotland's opening Pool C match against Portugal will come next on September 9, and Hines is adamant his side will be prepared.
"We have Portugal up first and although that won't be an easy game, there are harder games to play," he added.
"I think that maybe if we'd had Italy first then Frank would have had three games but that's his decision.
"We just have to concentrate on the first two games and the Italy and New
Zealand games will take care of themselves. By and large the squad is pretty relaxed."