Scotland v Romania Prediction, Preview & Odds – Rugby World Cup
In this post you can find our Scotland v Romania prediction plus a breakdown of all the betting odds as we preview this Pool B match.
Scotland v Romania Match Info
When? 8.00 pm, Saturday, September 30th
Where? Stade de France, Saint-Denis
TV Channel? ITV 1/ Virgin Media One
Scotland v Romania Betting Odds
|Scotland v Romania Betting Odds – Rugby World Cup|
The odds makers make Scotland huge favourites for victory at 1/10000. Romania are a longshot at 66/1 in the match betting while the draw is an even bigger 100/1.
Scotland: -55 @ 10/11
Romania: +55 @ 10/11
Handicap Draw: -55 @ 10/11
Scotland v Romania Preview
Scotland started their Rugby World Cup journey against defending champions South Africa. The Scots kept the game close in the opening period with the score 6-3 at half-time. However, South Africa eventually pulled away, winning out 18-3.
Following a week off Scotland recovered with a 45-17 victory over Tonga to secure their opening points in Pool B. They will want to keep their qualification credentials intact with a big win against Romania on Saturday.
Generally there is a positive mood around Scottish Rugby at the moment. Head Coach Gregor Townsend has brought this team to new heights since he took charge in 2017.
The Scottish entered this tournament following a strong 2023 Six Nations campaign where they finished third, beating Wales, Italy and England. They also kept their losses relatively competitive with only 15 points or less the deficit against France and Ireland.
The performances in their Rugby World Cup warm-up games were also encouraging. Scotland opened with a 25-13 win against Italy. That win was followed by a brilliant performance against France where Scotland ran out 25-21 winners although they would lose the return game 30-27. Townsend’s side finished their warmup campaign with a 33-6 victory over Georgia.
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In Romania’s opening Rugby World Cup fixture they took a shock 5-0 lead against Ireland inside the second minute. However, there was to be no shock on the cards, Ireland were 7-5 ahead by the sixth minute and ended up trouncing the Romanians 82-8.
Next up for the Romanians in this World Cup was a date with South Africa. Things didn’t get any better for Romania in that game as South Africa dominated in a 76-0 hammering.
Romania are the 19th ranked side in world rugby. They are making their ninth appearance at the Rugby World Cup following their second-place finish in the Rugby Europe Championship.
Eugen Apjok has been in charge of this Romanian side since 2022 but has a tough job on his hands if they’re to win against a Tier 1 Nation for the first time since beating Italy in 2004. Apjok’s side have struggled for form coming into the tournament. They lost 17-31 against the USA before being hammered 56-6 against Georgia and 57-7 against Italy.
While Scotland represents a step back in quality from Ireland and South Africa, they will still have their work cut out for them here to have any sort of respectable scoreline.
Key Players To Watch
South Africa were able to nullify the threat of Finn Russell in their opening game of the tournament and by definition were then able to stop Scotland from causing them any problems in what many thought could be a closer game.
Finn Russell is essentially the quarter-back in this Scottish side and he scored 5/7 conversions against Tonga. There is a danger he will be rotated for this one though if he plays any part he will be again crucial to a pool which could come down to points difference.
🗣️ 'Every time Finn Russell looked up to pass, there was a player standing with his hands in the air.'
— Off The Ball (@offtheball) September 12, 2023
The Romanian Scrum-half Rupanu (25) plays his professional rugby for Romanian SuperLiga club Timișoara Saracens. Rppanu scored all eight of the Romanian points against Ireland which are the only points the Romanians have to date in this tournament.
Romania may have been whitewashed against South Africa, but he should be their primary threat again against Scotland.
— ScrumRugby (@ScrumESPN) September 9, 2023
Scotland v Romania Rugby Previous Results
Scotland has faced Romania on thirteen occasions in rugby union.
Scotland has won 11/13 (85%) of these test matches. Romania has two victories (15%). No matches have ended in draws.
Scotland’s biggest margin of victory has been 42 points and Romania’s is 6 points.
Here’s how the last two games between these teams have gone:
2011: Rugby World Cup– Scotland 34-24 Romania
2007: Rugby World Cup – Scotland 42-0 Romania
Scotland v Romania Prediction & Best Bet
Prediction: Scotland 75-10 Romania
Scotland are coming into this fixture high in confidence after their 45-17 win over Tonga last weekend. They will need to win this one comprehensively if they’re to stand any chance of getting out of Pool B. If they are to qualify then it would likely come down to points difference.
Romania have had a poor run of luck having to play Ireland and South Africa in their opening two pool Games. They might be hoping to get closer to a Scottish side who may potentially rotate, but it’ll still be a hard game ahead for them on Saturday.
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