Scotland has been threatening big things in Europe for the past five years but often come up short in big games. Coach Gregor Townsend has installed a exciting, attacking mentality that will make them a truly exciting team to watch at this World Cup, but results will be key.
This new style leaves them open to the counter against pressing teams, meaning they often concede as many points as they score. They have world-class players in the shape of Stuart Hogg and Finn Russell, who can rip defences apart with raw pace and pin-point passing accuracy. But you feel that they will have to cut out errors and build some consistent performances to kick-on in Japan, which will make for some compelling viewing.
The Rugby World Cup 2019 TV Preview – Can Scotland prove they belong at the top?
Scotland have put in some great performances in recent Six Nations championships, showing European sides they belong at the top. However, consistency is a problem and they often lose against lesser nations between tournaments.
They also depend on a key unit of players, and once injuries set in, which they inevitably will during the Rugby World Cup, things will become difficult. If they can reduce casualties the Scots will see the quarter-finals as a good world cup.
The Celtic men share Pool A with Ireland, Samoa, Russia and hosts Japan. The game against the Cherry Blossoms will be decisive in deciding who progresses to the knock-out phase alongside Ireland. Japan will have a whole nation behind them on home turf, so it promises to be a huge match-up.
Review of Scotland’s Group Matches
Scotland vs Ireland: Scotland kick-off their World Cup against European neighbours Ireland, who joins them as favourites to progress from Pool A. This should be a feisty encounter with plenty of fast-flowing, attacking rugby.
Scotland vs Samoa: These are the games that Scotland needs to win in order to prove their credentials. They are used to being the underdogs themselves and struggle to lay down a marker against second-tier opposition such as the team from Samoa. This will be a very interesting game.
Scotland vs Russia: A good win will be expected against the Russian Rugby side taking part in only their second World Cup. Expect plenty of points for the Scottish on their way to a comfortable win.
Scotland vs Japan: This game could easily be a decider to see who progresses to the knock-out stages alongside Ireland. The Japanese Rugby team need to show lots of mental strength to come through with a win.
How to stream every Scotland game at the Rugby World Cup 2019™
Kayo Sports will have every match of the Rugby World Cup 2019™ LIVE with no ad-breaks during play. You’ll also get access to a range of great features, including SplitView (which lets you watch up to four different sporting events simultaneously on the same screen, on compatible devices) as well as No Spoilers (hides the scores) and Key Moments (lets you jump to the most important moments of the match – available for selected sports and matches), all of which greatly enhance the viewing experience for those watching on-demand.
Take a moment to review the Kayo 14 days free trial, and then check out the Rugby World Cup 2019™ fixture list below. You can then start streaming team Scotland live to a variety of eligible devices, also listed below.
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Devices supported on Kayo
– PC/Mac: Yes – MacOS 10.12+ (Chrome, Safari, Firefox) & Windows 10 (Chrome, Firefox, Edge); web browser only
– iOS/Android Phones/Tablets: Yes – Via native apps (iOS 11+ and Android 6+)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Chromecast Ultra, 3rd Generation
– Apple TV: Yes – tvOS 11+, 4th Generation or higher. Casting available to previous models
– Telstra TV: Yes – SplitView not available; Telstra TV1 limited to 720p.
– Android TV: Yes – Via
– Samsung Smart TVs: Yes – 2017 and later models. SplitView not available
– Hisense Smart TV: Select 2019 – 2021 models
– Gaming Consoles: Yes – PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
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What time do Scotland Play? Live TV Fixtures
TV fixtures are shown as Sydney time, so you may need to adjust the hour depending on where you live. Rugby World Cup 2019™ on-demand match replays will be made available following the conclusion of each game – so you will need to consult your Kayo TV Guide during the tournament for exact times.
Scotland Group Games Live TV (Sydney time)
|Sun 22 Sept||Scotland vs Ireland||5:45pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Mon 30 Sept||Scotland vs Samoa||8:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Wed 9 Oct||Scotland vs Russia||5:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sun 13 Oct||Scotland vs Japan||8:45pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 19 Oct||England v Australia||6:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10|
|Sat 19 Oct||New Zealand v Ireland||9:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sun 20 Oct||Wales v France||6:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10|
|Sun 20 Oct||Japan v South Africa||9:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 26 Oct||Semi Final 1||6:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sun 27 Oct||Semi Final 2||7:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Fri 1 Nov||Bronze Final||7:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 2 Nov||Final||7:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / TenPlay|