Scotland face USA in the second match in Pool B and will be looking to pick up another bonus point in their quest to reach the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals. Don't miss our SCOTLAND v USA match preview with predictions, betting tips, enhanced odds, starting XVs, bookie bonuses and no deposit free bets!
SCOTLAND v USA BETTING PREVIEW Scotland will be full of confidence following their 45-10 convincing win over Japan and they are expected to make it two from two when they take on USA. hey ran in five tries to earn the bonus point, all of which came in the second half after they went into the break just 12-7 in front.
Scotland coach Cotter had made wholesale changes to the side that beat Japan with only five players retaining their place in the initial starting line-up, as he looks to keep his squad fresh with the prospect of a clash against South Africa looming next weekend. Mark Bennett, Grant Gilchrist, John Hardie, Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg are the only players that will retain their spot.
USA were beaten 25-16 by Samoa in their opening match of the tournament. They were competitive, but made critical mistakes at crucial times. USA need to make the match very physical encounter after a four-day turnaround as their opponents could suffer this physical approach.
USA coach Mike Tolkin had made just one change to the team that came up short against Samoa in Brighton, as Phil Thiel graduates from the bench to take Zach Fenoglio's place at hooker. The only other change is positional with Blaine Scully moving back to wing and Chris Wyles back at fullback. That might be an effort to uses Wyles's kicking ability and to have Scully's handling on the wing. On the bench John Quill has found space while Brett Thompson dropping out.
This will be the 5th official meeting between the two sides, with the Scots winning the four previous encounters with an aggregate score of 181-50. The most recent encounter was a 24-6 win in Houston last summer
- 2013: Scotland won 24-6, Houston
- 2003: Scotland won 39-15, Brisbane (WC pool match)
- 2002: Scotland won 65-23, San Francisco
- 2000: Scotland won 53-6, Edinburgh
SCOTLAND v USA STARTING XVsScotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Peter Horne, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Henry Pyrgos (c), 8 Josh Strauss, 7 John Hardie, 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 5 Richie Gray, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 Jon Welsh, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Ryan Grant.
Replacements: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Alasdair Dickinson, 18 Willem Nel, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Ryan Wilson, 21 Greig Laidlaw, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Matt Scott.
USA: 15 Chris Wyles (c), 14 Takudzwa Ngwenya, 13 Seamus Kelly, 12 Thretton Palamo, 11 Blaine Scully, 10 AJ MacGinty, 9 Mike Petri, 8 Samu Manoa, 7 Andrew Durutalo, 6 Al McFarland, 5 Greg Peterson, 4 Hayden Smith, 3 Titi Lamositele, 2 Phil Thiel, 1 Eric Fry.
Replacements: 16 Zach Fenoglio, 17 Oli Kilifi, 18 Chris Baumann, 19 Cam Dolan, 20. John Quill, 21 Danny Barrett, 22 Shalom Suniula, 23 Folau Niua.
SCOTLAND v USA BEST ODDS
|SCOTLAND|| 4.00 with||Bet £10, win £40.00|
|THE DRAW||67.00 with||Bet £10, win £670.00|
|USA||15.00 with||Bet £10, win £150.00|
SCOTLAND v USA PREDICTIONS
- Winner: Scotland @ 4.00
- Winning Margin: Scotland by 11-20 @ 3.75
- Anytime tryscorer: Josh Strauss @ 3.25
- Highest scoring half: 2nd half @ 1.73