Bryce expecting tough test against Boks but insists Scots can get job done


Scotland hooker Kevin Bryce hopes to star in a victory against South Africa at Newcastle’s St James’ Park on Saturday.

The Glasgow Warriors player was called up as an injury replacement for Stuart McInally and made his Rugby World Cup bow late on in Sunday’s 39-16 win over the United States. He hopes to be named in the starting XV for their toughest test yet when they face the two-time world champions.

Despite recognising how difficult the match will be against South Africa this weekend as the Scots bid to make it three victories from three and secure a quarter-final spot, Bryce revealed the optimism within the camp is such that they believe they can secure a win over the Springboks.

“I hope I will be involved against the Springboks and I’ll be ready to go if Vern Cotter gives me the nod,” said the 27-year-old.

“It will be one of the toughest tests this squad has ever faced and the match will be an incredibly physical one. We know what they are like, they are big guys who will try and outmuscle us so we’ll try and match that and hopefully we can edge that battle and get the win.

“We’re confident within the squad that we can get the win, now we just need to go out there and get it done.”

Bryce is likely to start on the replacements bench at what will be a sold-out St James’ Park, with what will be like a home test for the Scots, with their Murrayfield home just over 100 miles from the North East ground.

One player who won’t be taking part is Edinburgh lock Grant Glichrist, with the 25-year-old ruled out for the remainder of the tournament with a groin injury sustained in the win over the USA. His place in the squad has been taken by New Zealand-born Blair Cowan.

Bryce expressed his disappointment for his close friend who had battled to overcome a broken arm in time for the World Cup.

He added: “He’s had no luck at all and I feel really sorry for him. He had his injury with his arm and now it’s his groin – I’m gutted for him. It’s a big loss to us as a squad because he’s a really good leader.”

Stand-off Finn Russell is a doubt for Saturday’s clash as he continues to recover from an ankle injury picked up in Saturday’s win.

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