Vern Cotter, the Dark Blues’ coach, said that he is pleased with how his squad crushed Japan in Gloucester with a score of 45-10. Yet, he made some changes to the team starting line-up for their second Pool B fixture in Leeds.
The Scotland national rugby team has a few days to recover from their dramatic win before the Dark Blues will play the U.S. on Sunday. That was a good start, he said. The New Zealander coach added that the Japanese team, the Brave Blossoms, definitely found the game hard, but his squad was in the same situation. The Scotland team is looking for improvements and is working very hard. So, Cotter hopes to see the result of their efforts on Sunday’s Test match. According to the coach, the Scotland will need the whole team of 31 men for the game against the U.S.
Josh Strauss, South African back-row, is going to make his debut just a week after his qualifying for Scotland by country of residence. Henry Pyrgos, who was a captain of the team against Ireland last month and managed to score twice during Tests, will lead out the Dark Blues for World Cup clash with the U.S. on Sunday. There are just a couple from ten Cotter’s changes that he made before the clash with the Eagles.
Mark Bennett will line-up in the midfield alongside Peter Horne, Matt Scott drops to the bench, and Sean Maitland with Tim Visser will replace Tommy Seymour and Sean Lamont. Also, Fraser Brown, Ryan Grant and Jon Welsh will come on the field instead of their front-row colleagues Ross Ford, Alasdair Dickinson and Willem Nel.
23-year-old Dark Blues’ captain Greig Laidlaw said that he had no fear about the short time between the games. He believes that it is the fittest Scotland squad he has ever seen.
The last USA rugby team‘s game against Samoa was a failurw: 26-16. While they are only four places ahead of the U.S. in the World Rugby Rankings, the experience gap between rivals is greater. Of course, the American team has some high-level players, but Scotland players are all professionals. So, both teams have a chance to win, but only one of them will use it.