The seventh-ranked Springboks managed to get out of the 2019 Rugby World Cup draw largely unscathed, despite being grouped with defending champions New Zealand.
Scotland were grouped with Ireland and Japan in Pool A for the 2019 tournament along with a European qualifier - Romania now top the rankings - and a cross-continental play-off victor.
The Pool A draw is by no means the toughest - that would be Pool C [England, France and Argentina for now] - but certain people were getting carried away.
England failed to advance from their "group of hell" in 2015, becoming the first hosts to exit before the knockout stage.
The draw featured the 12 teams that had booked places courtesy of a top-three pool finish at the 2015 World Cup in England.
New Zealand lost to South Africa in the 1995 final, but they have won their last two World Cup meetings, including their 2015 semi-final.
"We've been working hard since arriving back from the 2016 outgoing tour to ensure improved results from now on forward, with the Rugby World Cup on the distant horizon".
"We've got two very big games in our pool against France and Argentina, so it's great preparation for the final stages".
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"If that comes to fruition then clearly they're going to be a different beast in the World Cup year than what they are now".
Holders and favourites New Zealand were left unchanged at, while Ireland were regarded as winners in the draw by our betting partners - they were slashed from 14/1 to after landing in the same pool as Scotland and hosts Japan.
"You've got to be targeting putting a team on the paddock that plays the absolute best in every game because that creates what we love to call momentum", he said.
The draw was made in Kyoto this morning and saw Scotland placed with their top seed Six Nations rivals and the host nation, who they faced in the pool stage of the last tournament in England two years ago, beating the Brave Blossoms in Gloucester.
They said: "It's incredible, it's exciting, we're playing against multiple world cup winners and you want to be playing against those".
"It was always going to be what it's going to be. This group is very well balanced and will allow us to play tough games from the start".
"It's a death pool for sure", said France coach Guy Noves.
Romania are now in the "Europe 1" slot but qualification will not be determined until next year's Rugby Europe Championship.