All eyes will be on Scotland against Ireland in their final Pool B game but first the Scots face Romania in Lille on Saturday night.

After losing to South Africa 18-3 in their opening game, the Scots responded with a 45-17 victory over Tonga.

Romania have endured two tough games against Ireland and South Africa, conceding 158 points in those two games, while scoring just eight.

Another long night could be in store for Romania, with another big score expected from a Scots side that will have an eye on their points difference total come full-time.

Scotland vs Romania Prediction

  • Scotland -28.5 first half handicap @ 10/11
  • Scotland -58 handicap 3-way @ 10/11

Team news

Scotland have made wholesale changes for Saturday’s game, with Ben Healy starting at fly-half in place of the rested Finn Russell.

Healy is partnered in a backline that includes scrum-half Ali Price, Cameron Redpath, Chris Harris, Kyle Steyn, Darcy Graham and Ollie Smith.

Grant Gilchrist captains the side, in a pack that includes Matt Fagerson, Hamish Watson, Luke Crosbie, Sam Skinner, Javan Sebastian, Ewan Ashman and Jamie Bhatti.

As for Romania, they will be without centre Taylor Gontineac for the remainder of the tournament after he suffered a shoulder injury against South Africa.

Hincley Vaovasa is also out with a shoulder injury, while Gabriel Pop’s rib issue means he will play no part against the Scots this weekend.

Captain Cristi Chirica and Vlad Neculau have recovered from abdominal muscle strains and are expected to take the field at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

However, Tudor Boldor is facing a race against time to be fit for the clash in Lille as he is currently dealing with his own shoulder injury.

This week Alexandru Bucur, Mihai Graure and Luca Nichitean were all called into the Romania squad as injury cover.

Scotland -28.5 first half handicap @ 5/6

Romania conceded exactly 33 points in the first halves against both South Africa and Ireland respectively.

With Romania also struggling in attack, Scotland might well fall on the right side of a -28.5 handicap at the break, especially if they can make a strong start as they did against Tonga.

The Scots put 24 points past the Tongans in the first half of their last outing and, against a weaker Romania defence, should be aiming for over 30 points at the break.

Scotland -59 handicap 3-way @ 5/6

After Ireland’s impressive win over South Africa, Scotland know the odds are against them reaching the World Cup quarter-finals.

All they can control this week is putting on a big score against Romania and expect the Scots to be looking for the corners from penalties from the start.

The -58 full-time handicap certainly looks achievable in this one, with Scotland at 10/11 to fall on the right side of that target.

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