We take a look at Scotland’s potential route through the Rugby World Cup – how far will they get?
Scotland’s Rugby World Cup Fixtures
Saturday 10th September, Scotland v Romania, Invercargill
Wednesday 14th September, Scotland v Georgia, Invercargill
Sunday 25th September, Scotland v Argentina, Wellington
Saturday 1st October, Scotland v England, Auckland
Some parts of the media seem to think that this pool is done and dusted, and that England will cruise through, but Andy Robinson will be quietly plotting Scotland’s campaign and fancying their chances of winning the pool themselves. Yes, it’s a good draw for England, but it’s also an excellent draw for the Scots.
The fixtures should work in their favour as well, with a couple of physical encounters to start with that they should come through, before facing Argentina and England. Scotland overcame the Pumas twice away last summer and beat the Springboks in the autumn, and whilst their Six Nations wasn’t as successful as people had hoped, they’ll be confident enough that they can beat both Argentina and England. All the hype about England and their chances will have them even more fired up.
The crucial game for the Scots is the Argentina clash, by virtue of the order of matches. Assuming they will have won both of their first games, a win over the Argies would give them a shot at winning the pool when they take on England. A defeat would probably leave them needing a victory to survive, which brings on a very different mindset.
Winning the pool would set up a likely quarter-final meeting with France, and then a semi-final encounter with Australia or Ireland would await the winner. The Scots’ record against the French isn’t the best, but as a familiar foe, they’ll have a reasonable chance of progressing. How far can they go?
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