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Scotland begin their Pool B Rugby World Cup campaign at Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester on Wednesday, when they face the giant-killers of Japan. After Japans dramatic and seismic upset of the Springboks on Saturday, will focus the Scots in a way that might not have happened previously. The Cherry Blossoms win, throwing qualification wide open, with Scotland perhaps now believing that they can win the group, rather than battle for second place with Samoa.
Scotland may have had a woeful 6-Nations campaign, when they lost all five matches and picked up the Wooden Spoon, but their form in their warm up matches has been reasonably impressive. Narrow defeats in Dublin and Paris, sandwiched home and away wins against Italy.
Despite their sensational win in Brighton, where the Japanese never allowed the Springboks to open up a significant gap on the scoreboard, they are faced with a short turn round time, and will do well to lift themselves both physically and mentally for the Scottish challenge. One thing is for certain, the neutrals have taken the country who will host the nest tournament to their hearts, and they will not lack support from the Gloucester crowd. Scotland’s best ever performance in the World Cup came in 1991, when they reached the semi-finals, the last time the event was held in “England”, while Japan have yet to make it beyond the Pool stage.
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