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Scotland and Romania will meet for the fourth time in a Rugby World Cup as they lock horns on Saturday evening at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille in Pool B. With powerhouses Ireland and South Africa also in the group, getting in the top two is a tough ask for Scotland but they are still in the hunt. However for Romania, they are already planning their return home after two demoralising defeats. This is the third of an action packed day of Rugby World Cup action.
Scotland vs Romania match predictions
Over the last four years, Scotland have become quite the force in world rugby again and they have an excellent record over Romania who they haven’t been beaten by since 1991.
Scotland to win with a -59 point handicap @ 1/1 (2.00)
For a team who scored only three points in their defeat to South Africa before beating Tonga 45-17 last weekend, winning by a 60 point margin may seem like a bit of a jump for Scotland. However, Romania come into this clash having scored eight points against Ireland before drawing a blank against South Africa. Scotland will need to be at their best to win by such a large points difference but we expect them to be laser-like focused from the off in Lille.
Darcy Graham to be first try scorer @ 4/1 (5.00)
The Edinburgh Rugby winger came off the bench to score a stoppage time try against Tonga last Sunday and he has been rewarded with a start in this game. Since the start of the 2023 summer, and including last weekend, he has gone over the line three times and against much stronger defences (Italy, France, Tonga) than he will be faced with this Saturday evening.
Scotland are still up for the fight in the 2023 Rugby World Cup and we expect Romania to suffer
A convincing win by Scotland in this match will put the whole squad in a strong frame of mind for their do or die clash with Ireland next weekend. Romania have looked very weak so far in the tournament.
With a bonus point victory almost considered an inevitability for Gregor Townsend’s side in this match, the head coach has rung the changes with only two players who started against Tonga retaining their places. Townsend is encouraging his squad players to make themselves undroppable with the Ireland game still to come in Paris.
Scotland last five:
Scotland 45-17 Tonga
South Africa 18-3 Scotland
Scotland 33-6 Georgia
France 30-27 Scotland
Scotland 25-21 France
It is now five successive defeats for Eugen Apjok’s team who will certainly be relieved that they are not facing Ireland or South Africa once more. That said, Scotland are a strong team whereas Romania have had to call up three replacements to their squad ahead of this match.
Romania last five:
South Africa 76-0 Romania
Ireland 82-8 Romania
Italy 57-7 Romania
Georgia 56-6 Romania
Romania 17-31 USA
Date & Time: Saturday 30th September, 20:00 UK time
Venue: Stade Pierre-Mauroy
How to watch in UK: Settle down in front of ITV to watch this fixture.
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