Scotland assistant coach Jonathan Humphreys insists his team are not gambling with their World Cup hopes, after accusations they are putting out a second string line-up against South Africa.
The Dark Blues can all but clinch a quarter-final slot if they become the second Pool B team to beat the Springboks when they clash at Newcastle's St James' Park.
But Vern Cotter has again tinkered with his team ahead of facing Heyneke Meyer's men, making a raft of changes.
Kelso's Ross Ford is amongst those left out, along with Al Dickinson, Mark Bennett and Sean Maitland - all key performers for the Scots in their opening two victories over Japan and the United States.
Cotter is also without injured duo Finn Russell and John Hardie and in all, seven members of the starting XV to face the two-time former winners are not regarded as the Kiwi's first picks.
But Humphreys says they're not sacrificing their chances against the Boks in order to stay fresh for their final - and potentially decisive - group game with Samoa.
I don't understand why people are saying it's a second string. What hasn't been written is that international rugby is a hugely, hugely physical sport.
Scotland have struggled to deal with the driving maul and they now take on a side who have got the technique down to a fine art.
Centre Matt Scott says it's going to be a big challenge:
That's the game right there - the line-out and the mauls.