South Africa's Bakkies Botha looking forward to tough clash with Scotland
Bakkies Botha thinks Scotland will provide a tough test when he returns to international action for South Africa.
Last Updated: 15/11/13 2:47pm
Lock Botha's Springboks career looked to be over when he left domestic rugby to sign for Toulon in 2011, and this will be his first game since he made that move.
It will be Botha's 77th cap and he expects a hard day in the scrum, talking up Scotland's team and the challenge their forwards will be for Heyneke Meyer's XV to deal with.
The Scots come into the match on the back of a 42-17 win over Japan, while Botha was watching South Africa beat Wales 24-15.
"The Scottish team ended third in the Six Nations last year and they are a phenomenal side," Botha said.
"Now recently a lot of Scottish players are playing in the French league, especially in the lock position like Richie Gray, so that makes them a good side as well.
"They showed against the Japanese side that they are a team that plays for 85 minutes.
Botha was in the team which lost at Murrayfield in 2010, and he added: "I remember the Test match when I was last involved with the Springboks, the Scottish are very physical at the breakdowns and definitely, when their tails are up, it's a difficult side to keep with on the day.
"We are focusing on what we can improve as a team, taking all the positives out of Wales and working hard on the negatives. It doesn't matter which Test match it is, it's always a tough one and it's not going to be any easier this weekend playing against the Scottish team."
On his own recall, the 34-year-old added: "I'm more happy about it than surprised. The day when I left for France two years ago I always said to myself every morning when I get up and go to the gym in Toulon, I still want to play in the green and gold.
"The opportunity came around and I was very happy when Heyneke phoned me. I am just taking it week to week and I'm very happy to be part of this amazing squad after two years."