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Preview – Scotland v Fiji


Scotland has been one of the most improved sides in the world of rugby since Gregor Townsend took over as coach but started the November Internationals with a lost against Wales last weekend.

The one thing on Townsend and his players mind will be to bounce back and bounce back hard when they face Fiji this weekend at Murrayfield.

There will be a few players returning for Scotland this weekend in Greig Laidlaw, Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg.

This will add some much needed experience and quality to the Scottish side.

With the lost against the Welsh last weekend Townsend needs his team to build up for the Springbok clash next weekend, but Fiji is as unpredicted as a team as you can get.

At home Scotland should have the edge over the Islanders and their supporters would want a big win.

The Fijian side have some good players in the team which includes Semi Radradra, Metui Talebula, Vereniki Goneva, Viliame Mata, Peceli Yato and Leone Nakarawa who all can cause havoc on attack.

Fiji had a good win over Scotland at home in 2017 and they will want to repeat that at Murrayfield.

For Fiji to stand any chance of beating Scotland they will have to have a solid set piece and defence will be crucial.

Prediction: Scotland should take this one by at least 12 points but hopefully more.

The teams:

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Pete Horne, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (c), 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Jamie Ritchie, 6 Ryan Wilson, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Sam Skinner, 3 Willem Nel, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Allan Dell
Replacements: 16 Stuart McInally, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Jonny Gray, 20 Josh Strauss, 21 George Horne, 22 Adam Hastings, 23 Chris Harris

Fiji: 15 Setareki Tuicuvu, 14 Metui Talebula, 13 Semi Radradra, 12 Jale Vatabua, 11 Vereniki Goneva, 10 Ben Volavola, 9 Frank Lomani, 8 Viliame Mata, 7 Peceli Yato, 6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu (c), 5 Leone Nakarawa, 4 Tevita Cavubati, 3 Manasa Saulo, 2 Sam Matavesi, 1 Campese Maafu
Replacements: 16 Mesulame Dolokoto, 17 Eroni Mawi, 18 Kalivate Tawake, 19 Albert Tuisue, 20 Semi Kunatani, 21 Henry Seniloli, 22 Alivereti Veitokani, 23 Eroni Vasiteri

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