Fiji head to Murrayfield to take on Scotland in the November rugby internationals on Saturday and whilst the Scots may consider they have bigger fish to fry in the remainder of the month, they did come unstuck away to this opposition in 2017.
Scotland v Fiji, Saturday 10th November, Edinburgh, KO 16:30 (South African time)
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant refs: Luke Pearce (England),Karl Dickson (England)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
Weather Forecast – Edinburgh
Scotland were beaten 21-10 by Wales in Cardiff last week, failing to stay within a 6.5 point handicap. They ought to improve for that outing, their first since they thumped Argentina 44-15 in Resistencia in June on a tour which also included a win over Canada and defeat to the USA.
The Scots Six Nations campaign was a little hit and miss. They were a big let down in the aforementioned opener in Cardiff but the highlight was a 25-13 home win over England and they also beat France at Murrayfield. They did lose to Ireland in Dublin and edged past Italy in Rome.
In the 2017 November internationals Scotland battled to get the better of Samoa before putting in 2 sterling displays. The first had the All Blacks worried although the World Champions won 22-17 and Scotland went on to thrash the Wallabies 53-24.
After this Scotland host the Springboks and then Argentina
Fiji bid for a repeat of their June 2017 win over the Scots in Suva although this will be their first visit to Murrayfield since 2009. In November 2017 they lost in Italy (19-10) and then to an experimental Irish side (23-20,) before thrashing Canada 57-17 in Narbonne.
More recently they suffered a 27-19 home defeat to Tonga in Suva in June.
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
Most Recent Head to Head (any venue)
2017 INT Suva Fiji 27–22 Scotland (Tries 2-3 )
2012 INT Lautoka Fiji 25–37 Scotland (Tries 3-4 )
2009 INT Edinburgh Scotland 23-10 Fiji (Tries 2-1)
Average early show, to be updated.
Scotland -15.5 points at 9/10 widely available
Fiji +15.5 points at 9/10 widely available
Note, odds quoted are an average of what was available at the time of last update but are subject to change.
There are 2 supposedly tougher tests to come for Scotland and 12 months ago they struggled against Samoa before showing what they were capable of against tier 1 nations.
The handicap would appear well set, certainly enough to throw me off course when it comes to calling it either. With that in mind I was searching for a price for a home win by 11-20 points inclusive but at the time of writing I couldn’t find a market with that margin. A nibble at Scotland win by 11-15 points and also 16-20 points to level stakes will do although it’s nothing more than an interest bet
Chris’s Bet: 1 unit Scotland win by 16-20 points at 9/2
1 unit Scotland to win by 11-15 points at 4/1
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