When the Scots lost to Italy on 13 September, the following year’s spectacular New Zealand contest seemed a million miles away, but a thrilling 27-22 extra-point win over Spain on Sunday brought Brian’s charge back. Ishaan in the competition.
Before the final round of matches in Parma, Italy on Saturday – against hosts Spain at 14:00 UK time and Scotland-Ireland at 17:00 UK time – all four countries are tied by five points and finish in each of them. Maybe lead and secure a pass. In New Zealand till that evening.
The second-placed team will race for a World Cup spot in back-to-back events while Sapna will finish third and fourth.
“There’s definitely a lot to be done by this group of players,” said Miller, “we look for improvements every time we play and we get them before the cup final for us.”
“There was a huge change in pace in the first half of the match against Spain which gave us confidence in the second half and that is what we wanted as a group.
“We are very proud of the players and the way they have faced Spain in the last 10 minutes. The defensive effort was huge and that’s something we developed from the match against Italy.
“There are things we are not entirely happy with and we will continue to work on Ireland first.
“Anything can happen last weekend and we will prepare properly without letting go, and we will do everything we can to be prepared.”
Miller explained that there have been some “bumps and bruises” after the match with Spain, but that the full expanded squad is available for selection to face Ireland, including second-line Sarah Bonar, who has been out of work commitments last time around. The reason was missed.
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