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Ireland v Scotland
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Who Will Win?
However, despite starting the competition with an unconvincing loss against South Africa, Scotland can still qualify for the quarter-finals if they beat Ireland this weekend. As a result, this game looks set to be a barnstormer where both sides will leave absolutely everything on the line.
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In the last five meetings, Ireland have averaged 25 points per game, while Scotland have averaged 13.
Meanwhile, although Scotland have also been in good form of late, they have narrow defeats over both France (30-27) and South Africa (18-3) on their resume.
Underneath our team form guide, you’ll find a detailed breakdown of how Ireland and Scotland have performed in their last five games, including the number of tries they’ve scored and their overall points difference.
Ireland vs Scotland 2023: Detailed Match Preview
Ireland are in pole position and know that a win will see them top the pool. They will also top the pool if they gain a bonus point and Scotland do not, as they will finish above South Africa based on head-to-head record.
However, scenarios do exist where Soctland can qualify from the pool. For example, if they beat Ireland and deny Andy Farrell’s men a bonus point, they will finish second on the head-to-head rule and South Africa will top the pool. There are also scenarios where both sides can qualify ahead of the Springboks.
With so much on the line, both sides must go all out to win the game. Let us know in the comments below where you’ll be watching Ireland vs Scotland this weekend.
When was the first Ireland vs Scotland game?
Ireland and Scotland first met in 1877 at the Ormeau Cricket Ground in Belfast. Scotland won this game 6-0. Over the years, the two countries have played each other regularly. In fact, they’ve now played each other 140 times.
Have Ireland ever played against Scotland at the Rugby World Cup?
Ireland have faced Scotland twice at the Rugby World Cup: once in 1991 and once in 2019. At the 1991 Rugby World Cup, the Ireland vs Scotland game took place during the pool stage. The match was held at Murrayfield and Scotland won 24-15. However, the reverse was true in 2019. Again, the sides met in the pool stage. But this time Ireland dispatched Scotland 27-3 in Yokohama.
Have Scotland ever beaten Ireland?
Yes. Over the 140 times the two sides have faced each other, Ireland have won 69 games, while Scotland have won 66 times. A further five games have ended in a draw.
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