Rugby World Cup

Rugby World Cup Quick Hits: Scotland to stay in touch with Romania win

Finn Russell attacks for Scotland
Scotland were beaten by the Springboks in their tournament opener

Scotland take on Romania this weekend and Simon Mail expects Gregor Townsend's side to run up a big victory...

  • Scotland to keep up outside hopes

  • Argentina to ease past Chile

  • Fiji to seal knockout spot

Scotland v Romania
Saturday, 20:00
Live on ITV

Scotland to ease to bonus point win

Scotland still have an outside chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals but nothing less than a bonus point victory over Romania is required this weekend. Gregor Townsend's side recovered from their defeat to South Africa by scoring seven tries in a 45-17 win over Tonga.

The task is still daunting for Scotland though, with the likelihood of needing to defeat Ireland in the final game while preventing the world's top ranked team from earning a losing bonus point. At least Scotland have a gentle match up first, against a Romania team that have conceded 158 points in their two defeats at the World Cup.

This looks a total mismatch and the handicap mark of 56 points highlights the gulf between the teams. Scotland's attacking depth should make this realistic but preference is to back them to make a fast start. Clinching maximum points early and enabling the team to ease up and rotate the squad, with one eye on the Ireland match, will be in their minds. It could pay off to back the first half to produce the most points at 13/102.30 with Scotland fancied to race out of the blocks in Lille.

Back the first half to be highest scoring @ 13/102.30

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Argentina v Chile
Saturday, 14:00
Live on ITV

Argentina to power to points

Argentina made a miserable start to the tournament after slumping to defeat against 14-man England but the Pumas are still in the running to join them in the knockout stage. Emiliano Boffelli scored 16 points as Argentina edged to a 19-10 victory over Samoa to stay in contention to reach the last eight.

Chile have been well beaten in their three pool matches, with their latest 71-0 drubbing handed out by England, with Henry Arundell scoring five tries. It has still been a momentous experience for Chile at their first World Cup but they look certain to leave without a victory.

Argentina still have work to do to reach the quarter-finals and need to claim maximum points this weekend. The Pumas have been slow starters at this tournament and may take time to hit their stride. Argentina should pull away though and can exploit fatigue from Chile as the match progresses. A bet on the second half to be the highest scoring half stands out.

Back the second half to be highest scoring @ 4/51.80

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Fiji v Georgia
Saturday, 16:45
Live on ITV

Fiji on verge of quarter-finals

Fiji have been one of the most entertaining teams at the World Cup and are on the verge of being rewarded with a quarter-final place. Only outstanding defence from Wales denied them in their opener, but Fiji defeated Australia 22-15, for their first win over the Wallabies since 1954, to spark wild celebrations.

Georgia have been a slight disappointment in their two matches in France, with a defeat to Australia followed by a thrilling 18-18 draw against Portugal. Lacking a clinical edge, Georgia failed to put away their opponents in the first half and then were fortunate to scramble a late draw.

A bonus-point victory for Fiji will ensure a top-two finish but even if they fall short they still only need five points from two pool matches. Their free-flowing attack is likely to trouble Georgia and Fiji should make a fast start off the back of their win over Australia. Backing Fiji to cover a seven-point first-half handicap looks the best bet.

Back Fiji -7 to win the first-half handicap @ 5/61.84

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Who will win the Rugby World Cup? Latest betting odds

South Africa and Ireland are joint [3/1] favourites to win the World Cup following their heavyweight showdown in the pool stage. Hosts France are next in the betting at 16/54.20 with pool rivals New Zealand closely following at 7/24.50.

There is a significant gap to the next team, with England available at 11/112.00. Wales have shortened to 22/123.00 in the outright betting following their emphatic win over Australia, with Fiji available at 30/131.00.

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