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The penultimate game of Pool B in the 2023 Rugby World Cup is a crucial one with Ireland and Scotland going head to head in Saint Denis with a place in the quarter final stage on the line! Ireland come into the match with a 100% record and safe in the knowledge that a victory will carry them through as the group winners. Scotland need a bonus point win with Ireland picking up zero points from the match to sneak through. With everything to play for at the iconic Stade de France, read on for our detailed Rugby World Cup match preview!
Ireland vs Scotland match predictions
These sides are no strangers to each other with their annual meetings in the Six Nations Championship. Although Ireland only narrowly lead Scotland 69-66, they come into this match looking to inflict their ninth defeat on the Scots!
Ireland to win with a -11 point handicap @ 1/1 (2.00)
Considering Ireland’s last two victories over Scotland have been by margins of 15 and 21 points, we expect them to beat Scotland once more and by a margin of higher than 12 points in Saint Denis. That is not to say that Scotland will roll over and be easy pickings for the Irish, not at all. We expect Scotland to give as good as they get but ultimately for Ireland’s quality to shine through and for them to get a convincing win.
James Lowe to be first try scorer @ 8/1 (9.00)
The 31 year old winger has already got his 2023 Rugby World Cup try scoring tally underway after he went over the line in the 59th minute of the big win over Tonga earlier in the tournament. Playing on the left-wing, and with Ireland playing up to their recent reputation as an efficient machine, we are backing Lowe to be the first try scorer of the game on Saturday evening.
Scotland to fight all the way but ultimately Ireland to be comfortable winners
Ireland will have to work for this victory and Scotland will cause them problems but ultimately Andy Farrell’s side are likely to be too strong.
After coming into the tournament in brilliant form and after producing a Six Nations Grand Slam earlier in the year, Ireland remain the team to beat in this tournament. They have a 100% record in the tournament so far.
Ireland last five:
South Africa 8-13 Ireland
Ireland 59-16 Tonga
Ireland 82-8 Romania
Ireland 17-13 Samoa
Ireland 29-10 England
For Gregor Townsend’s side, this game really is all or nothing. Against a team who have had the upperhand over them in recent times, we expect Scotland to come out of the traps with a fast start and look to take the game to the Irish.
Scotland last five:
Scotland 84-0 Romania
Scotland 45-17 Tonga
South Africa 18-3 Scotland
Scotland 33-6 Georgia
France 30-27 Scotland
Date & Time: Saturday 7th October, 20:00 UK time
Venue: Stade de France, Saint-Denis
How to watch in UK: ITV will show every kick, try and tackle of this crucial clash.
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