Ireland face Samoa as Scotland meet hosts Japan in critical Pool A action in the Rugby World Cup.
IRELAND V SAMOA
Ireland cannot afford any last minute slips as they head into their final Pool A game against Samoa in Fukuoka.
Joe Schmidt’s side responded to defeat in their second game to Japan, and they will need a dominant performance in this game to stand any chance of avoiding a quarter final clash with New Zealand.
Ireland will need a win a possibly a bonus point to topple Japan as group leaders, and can probably get it too.
IRELAND WINNING MARGIN 31-40 POINTS
JAPAN V SCOTLAND
It is do or die time for Gregor Townsend’s side as they face Pool A leaders Japan in their final group stage game in Yokohama.
With Ireland expected to beat Samoa and qualify, nothing but a win will do, if Scotland want a quarter final spot.
However they will also need a bonus point to overhaul Japan, but they do have the forward line to do it.
SCOTLAND TO WIN BY 20+ POINTS
Head to Head
Ireland have never lost to Samoa. Their last meeting, in 2013, took place at Lansdowne Road and ended in a 40-9 victory for the hosts.
Scotland played Japan in Tokyo in 2016, winning a close game 21-16 after being down 13-9 at half time.
Ireland and Scotland to win
Both Ireland and Scotland need wins by large margins and they can both get them, though it’s the latter, against the confident home side, that are in the biggest danger.
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