Russia vs Scotland: Scotland take on Russia in Shizuoka in the intriguing Pool A at the Rugby World Cup.
While the Russians are playing their final game after defeats to Japan, Samoa and Ireland, Scotland need a handsome, bonus-point win to boost their quarter-final hopes ahead of Sunday’s decisive clash against the hosts in Yokohama.
Pool A is very tight and bonus points and points difference could come into the final equation should any sides be level on points, but the first deciding outcome is their head to head record in the tournament.
This will be the first test between Scotland and Russia, who have been plucky at best in Japan and the Bears are still chasing their first World Cup win after losing all seven of their previous matches. Scotland’s best finish was in 1991 when they reached the semi-finals.
Where: Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka.
Kick-off: 8:15pm on Wednesday (NZT).
How to watch: Live on Spark Sport (coverage from 7:45pm).
Live stream: Available via sparksport.co.nz or the Spark Sport app.
NZ TAB odds: Scotland $1.001, Russia $21.
Weather forecast at kick-off time: Cloudy but calm conditions after a warm day. Temperate around 17 degrees celsius.
Scotland: Blair Kinghorn, Tommy Seymour, Duncan Taylor, Pete Horne, Darcy Graham, Adam Hastings, George Horne; Ryan Wilson, Fraser Brown, John Barclay (c), Ben Toolis, Scott Cummings, Zander Fagerson, George Turner, Gordon Reid. Reserves: Stuart McInally, Simon Berghan, Willem Nel, Grant Gilchrist, Magnus Bradbury, Jamie Ritchie, Henry Pyrgos, Chris Harris.
Russia: Vasily Artemyev, German Davydov, Vladimir Ostroushko, Dmitry Gerasimov, Vladislav Sozonov, Ramil Gaisin, Dmitry Perov; Valery Morozov, Stanislav Selskii, Kirill Gotovtsev, Andrey Ostrikov, Evgeny Elgin, Vitaly Zhivatov, Tagir Gadzhiev, Nikita Vavilin. Reserves: Sergey Chernyshev, Azamat Bitiev, Vladimir Podrezov, Bogdan Fedotko, Andrey Garbuzov, Sergey Ianiushkin, Anton Sychev, Yury Kushnarev.