Barclay hails resurgent Scots
November 22, 2010
John Barclay reflects on his side's victory over the Boks%]
Scotland could be forgiven for savouring their victory over reigning world champions South Africa but are already gearing up for another physical confrontation against Samoa this weekend.
Scotland claimed a 21-17 victory over the Springboks on Saturday, with Dan Parks kicking six penalties and a drop goal as Andy Robinson's men bounced back from the 49-3 loss to New Zealand by winning a battle of attrition at a wet Murrayfield.
Flanker John Barclay was named man of the match for his scavenging role which helped to disrupt and frustrate South Africa and the Glasgow Warriors number seven was thrilled with the victory. "The relief after the game was immense," said Barclay. "We were bitterly disappointed last week in the manner of our defeat and we really felt like we owed it to ourselves, owed it to the public. The way we played was testament to that.
"Winning Test matches is very hard. They're world champions, let's not forget that. The manner we played and the physicality we showed, I don't think that can be underestimated. We're so pleased with the result and I'm sure the guys will be looking ahead to the Samoa game."
Robinson's side have now won four of their last five Tests, with away victories in Ireland and Argentina (twice) before the All Blacks loss. Confidence battered in the seven-try defeat was restored on Saturday, but Barclay is aware the Pacific islanders will pose another strong test in Aberdeen on Saturday. "You know what Samoa will bring to the table, (they will be) very physical."
One player who will definitely not be meeting Samoa at Pittodrie is Scott MacLeod after the lock was yesterday ruled out with a rib injury sustained in the first half against the Springboks. Edinburgh second row MacLeod made his first Scotland start in more than two years but will have to wait for his next appearance.
Edinburgh loosehead prop Allan Jacobsen, who disrupted the South Africa scrum throughout the contest, suffered a shoulder injury and could yet join MacLeod in missing the match.
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