Hogg looking for improvement ahead of South Africa clash

Stuart Hogg
Stuart Hogg

STUART Hogg retains his place at full-back as Scotland coach Andy Robinson warned his side to expect a “bruising encounter” against South Africa tomorrow.

Hogg and his teammates were given a lesson in free-flowing rugby at the hands of world champions New Zealand on Sunday.

Despite scoring two tries in front of a sold-out Murrayfield, the Scots went down 51-22 to the All Blacks.

And 20-year-old former Hawick star Hogg isn’t expecting tomorrow’s match-up against Heyneke Meyer’s side to be any easier.

He told the Hawick News: “South Africa are going to pose a different threat to New Zealand, probably more
direct. We’ve had our debrief from the New Zealand game and know there are areas of our game that we have to improve on.

“There’s going to be another big crowd at Murrayfield and we’ll be giving our all again.”

Robinson added: “We know we’re in for a bruising battle against South Africa this weekend and we will be primed for that physical confrontation.

“But we also have to be smart in how we approach this game and do our utmost to ensure we get the result that will move us into the top eight in the IRB world rankings ahead of next month’s 2015 Rugby World Cup draw.”