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NELSPRUIT, South Africa -- Without its British and Irish Lions and further hampered by a raft of injuries, Scotland is finding the four-nation tournament in South Africa a stern test of its depth and grit ahead of the 2015 World Cup. Cheap Air Max Shoes With Free Shipping . Having lost to Samoa, one of its pool opponents at the World Cup, in a bruising battle last weekend, the Scots face a typically muscular Springbok forward pack in the next round of games on Saturday. South Africa, Samoa and Scotland all will be in the same group in England in 2015. Forced to make seven changes to its starting lineup, Scotland must find the physicality it lacked in its first-ever test loss to Samoa if it is to compete against the No. 2-ranked South Africa, interim coach Scott Johnson said. "Youre up against the second best team in the world that prides itself on its physicality," Johnson said after Saturdays 27-17 defeat to Samoa in Durban. "So, you dont have to be any mathematician or Rhodes Scholar to work out what we need to improve. And weve got to acknowledge that. "They wont be running away from that fact and I wont hide from that fact. Test footy is usually won by the side that is most clinical in that area, the collision." While Scotland will give three more players their first caps after fielding six debutants against Samoa, South Africa is seeking continuity after a 44-10 win over Italy to start its season. The Springboks have made two enforced changes, with experienced scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar in for the injured Jano Vermaak and flanker Marcell Coetzee replacing openside Francois Louw, who gets married on Sunday. Coetzees inclusion for Louw will add even more weight to the Springboks forwards. South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer also has rebranded his backline, with newcomers JJ Engelbrecht, Willie le Roux and Bjorn Basson adding pace to the experience of centre Jean de Villiers and prolific wing Bryan Habana. "Im very excited about those backs. Theyve showed some great patches and if they can build on that, I think well have an awesome backline, exciting to watch," Meyer said. South Africa, with its forward power and backline speed, will aim to launch attacks on two fronts against Scotland at Mbombela Stadium as it warms up for the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship. Scotland, however, is struggling badly with injuries, with captain Kelly Brown and flyhalf Tom Heathcote out and three front-rowers -- props Geoff Cross and Ryan Grant and hooker Pat MacArthur -- also unavailable. Cross and MacArthur have left the tour with injuries, while Grant was called up to the Lions in Australia. Scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw will captain the Scots for the first time and nine of Scotlands 23 to face the Springboks have less than 10 caps. "Id said from before we left Scotland that we wanted to find out about players through this tour and, perhaps, because of circumstances, some of that is being accelerated," Johnson said. In Saturdays first game, and the first rugby test at Nelspruits 2010 football World Cup stadium, a buoyant Samoa will face Italy, which lost 44-10 to South Africa in the opening round of the three-week, four-team tournament. Samoa combined its free-flowing attacking game with physicality up front to beat Scotland, while Italys confidence following a strong Six Nations showing was dented in a subdued performance against South Africa. The winner of that tussle will likely earn the right to face South Africa in the tournament final at Loftus Versfeld, with the Samoans best-placed in the mini league standings for a rare shot at the Springboks two years out from the World Cup. "It is something that we always set out to do, to play the likes of South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Especially South Africa in South Africa," Samoa coach Stephen Betham said. "Wed love to play them (South Africa) but we still have Italy. Weve put that (a game against South Africa) on the back burner."Air Max Free Shipping . -- Anaheim Ducks defenceman Luca Sbisa will be out at least six weeks with a torn tendon in his right hand. Wholesale Air Max Cheap . -- Teemu Selanne scored the first goal of his 22nd NHL season, and the Anaheim Ducks extended the best start in franchise history with their fifth straight victory, 3-2 over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. http://www.airmaxfreeshipping.com/ . "I dont know that were close," said general manager Alex Anthopoulos. "I just think, right now, the acquisition cost just doesnt work for us right now. I dont know if I can quantify how far off or things like that that they might be but I would say we continue to have dialogue. EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings put up 30 points on the Arizona Cardinals to finally snap a four-game losing streak that had soured their season.On paper, that should be reason to celebrate for an offense that has struggled this season to sustain drives, open holes in the running game and put the ball in the end zone. But one of those touchdowns came on a 100-yard interception return by Xavier Rhodes, and another came on a 104-yard kickoff return by Cordarrelle Patterson.The Vikings followed a similar path to victory on Sunday as they did during their 5-0 start to the season, during which they got two TDs and a safety from their defense and two more TDs from special teams to inflate their scoring numbers. They know that they cant expect to sustain that kind of production over the final six games of the season, starting in Detroit on Thursday.Any time we get help from our defense or special teams, obviously, its a huge help, quarterback Sam Bradford said. And its great to have that, but as an offense, we cant rely on that. Weve got to go out there expecting for us to go out and play well and put up enough points to win.The Vikings offense did score twice in the first half against the Cardinals, but managed just three points in the second half and put up 217 yards in the game. New offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur pulled out several different trick plays to try to loosen up the defense, using some wildcat formations to get a little production out of the leagues worst running game and even going to a flea-flicker that drew a penalty and set up another touchdown.I still think theres a lot of room for improvement, Bradford said. Weve got to be better in the second half. But there were some positives, and obviously, just to get a win. I think that just does a lot for this team and does a lot for this group. Air Max China Free Shipping. Hopefully thats something we can build on going forward.Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata combined to rush for 64 yards on 21 carries. Thats not a number that jumps out, but considering they entered the game on pace to become the first team to average under 3.0 yards per carry since the Patriots in 1994, it was viewed as a step in the right direction.Coach Mike Zimmer was encouraged by the ability to convert a third-and-1 and for Asiata to pound into the end zone from two yards out after watching his team fail over and over in short yardage situations during that four-game skid.Were not going to be Eric Dickerson yet, Zimmer said. Were working on the little things.There remains a possibility that injured star Adrian Peterson could return to the field sometime in December, though he still has a long way to go in the rehab process following surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee. Peterson has been out since Week 2 against Green Bay, but he was only averaging 1.6 yards per carry before he went down.In Petersons absence, Patterson has emerged as a playmaker that the Vikings offense sorely needs. The 2013 first-round draft choice went through a 20-game stretch from 2015 into this season where he had just four catches for 24 yards. But in the last seven games, Patterson has caught 32 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns. Those arent numbers that will make Julio Jones jealous, but its a start.Nothing is good as it seems and nothing is as bad as it seems, Zimmer said. 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