But what else can this group B have in store for us? The day after the Ireland-South Africa clash, Scotland and Tonga enter the arena to do battle this Sunday, September 24 at 5:45 p.m.
That this world Cup remains undecided. While Africa Sud could have taken her tickets for the quarter-finals on Saturday, she fell against a very great team from Ireland. Despite everything, the XV of Clover is still far from being qualified for the simple reason that he still has Scotland to face in two weeks. Unless the XV du Chardon fall in the face of Tonga this Sunday…
Defeat forbidden for Scotland
Fifth world nation, Scotland can already take the door. It must be said that the XV du Chardon was not varnished since he found himself in the pool of South Africa and of Ireland. Two weeks after a defeat against the Springboksthe Scots are playing their second match of this world Cup. We left them disappointed after this meeting. “ I am really disappointed. We were slow in the first half. There were inaccuracies in our game, but then we entered the match. I felt that physically we were more than ready to take on the challenge of South Africa », regretted the coach, Gregor Townsend. Defeat is forbidden against Tonga to continue dreaming of qualifying for the quarters.
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THE Tonga also missed out on their debut in this World by suffering the harsh law of Ireland. After this monumental slap, they were already riveted on the match against Scotland. « We worked very hard to prepare for this first meeting. Ireland had decided to put their best team against us. We could see that it is not for nothing that they are first in the world. They knew how to seize the opportunities that presented themselves to them. There were too many penalties conceded on our part. We got a little carried away at the start of the match and we made too many mistakes, particularly with offsides. The discipline didn’t really help us compete. We gave everything on the pitch and the score reflects neither the hard work we put in during preparation nor our level. But we look forward and we look forward to Scotland », had blurted out Malakai Fekitoa. Just to increase the tension a little…
Schedule and TV broadcast of the Scotland – Tonga match
Kick-off will be at 5:45 p.m. from l’Allianz Riviera of Nice. You will need to connect to France 2 to watch this meeting. English Karl Dickson will be on the whistle.
Lineups for Scotland – Tonga
The composition of Scotland: Kinghorn – Steyn, Harris, Tuipulotu, van der Merwe – (o) Russell, (m) White – Darge, Dempsey, Ritchie (cap) – Cummings, Gray – Z. Fagerson, Turner, Sutherland.
Scottish substitutes: Ashman, Schoeman, Nel, Skinner, M. Fagerson, Horne, Jones, Graham.
The composition of Tonga: Piutau – Kata, Fekitoa, Akhi, Taumoepeau – (o) Havili, (m) Pulu – Talitui, V. Fifita, Halaifonua – Lousi, H. Fifita – Tameifuna (cap.), Ngauamo, Fisi’ihoi.
Tongan replacements: Moli, Koloamatangi, Apikotoa, Coleman, Paea, Vailanu, Takulua, Pellegrini