443. From The Couch: Match #18

Scotland 39 – 16 USA

With USA leading 13-6 at halftime there was every chance that Pool B was going to gift us another big upset. Because they were worth the lead, with some fierce carries and smart narrow play. Oh, and Scotland were flakey.

But the halftime team talk by Scottish kiwi coach Vern Cotter did the trick, with the Scots scoring five tries in a wholly dominant second half performance. USA defended for long long periods, but the Scots showed good patience to recycle, recycle and find the mismatch. The few attacking forays by USA all ended with knock-ons by the wee fat po-pos as they tired.

Although that puts Scotland on top of Pool B, mark it unconvincing. Their two hardest matches are yet to come, against desperate and dangerous South Africa and Samoa.

For the USA, a hard lesson again about rugby being an 80 minute rather than a 40 minute game. But take some satisfaction that they even had 40 of those minutes against a fully professional Tier 1 team.

About Ned Davy

By hokey, the big fella’s tipped into his 50s. A rangy loose forward in his prime, good with the ball in hand, but rarely up with the play any more.
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