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Do or die for Scotland

Scenario is simple for Robinson's men

Posted Sep 27, 2011 by Chris White

Scotland will have to fight til the death against England to qualify

Scotland have only themselves to blame for the predicament they’re in with one game left in the Pool phase of this year’s World Cup, with the equation simple – beat England, or go home. The Scots suffered a 13-12 defeat to Argentina in a match dubbed “the fight for second” in Pool B, meaning they must beat their rivals in order to progress.

The team coached by Andy Robinson now have to not only recover from the defeat to the Pumas, but up their performance substantially otherwise the long flight home could be coming a lot sooner than planned. In the match against Argentina, Scotland went in ahead at the break and then pulled out a bigger lead afterwards, going 12-6 in front with just under ten minutes left on the clock, only to concede a try scored by Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, a name that could become famous in Scotland – or at least England.

The Scots did pick up a losing bonus point to go level with the South Americans on 10 points, but with Argentina playing Georgia in their final game – an almost certain victory on paper – Scotland’s fate is in their own hands.

While England haven’t set the world alight in this competition so far, they must be spurred on by the opportunity of sending Scotland home early, something that Robinson’s men will have to overcome, or take advantage of an England side who might already be thinking of their next round fixture.

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