Scotland vs Tonga 2023 Rugby World Cup Predictions, Odds, Picks and Betting Preview

Scotland vs Tonga 2023 Rugby World Cup Predictions, Odds, Picks and Betting Preview

Joel Reyes
September 22, 2023 at 4:46 AM
  • Scotland lost to South Africa in their 2023 Rugby World Cup opener
  • Tonga suffered a heavy defeat against Ireland in their opening World Cup match
  • The Dark Blues are favourites to win over Tonga in their second World Cup game

Scotland and Tonga opened their 2023 Rugby World campaigns with defeats, losing to powerhouse teams South Africa and Ireland, respectively.

They will look to record their first win of the tournament when they face each other in Pool B this coming Sunday.

Read on as Sports Brief brings you a preview of this matchup.

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Vaea Fifita scores Tonga's first try of the 2023 Rugby World Cup; Scotland's Jamie Ritchie in action against South Africa. Images: Warren Little/ David Rogers.
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Scotland vs. Tonga Betting Preview

Where: Stade de Nice, France

When: Sunday, September 24 - 5:45pm local time

Odds: Scotland (-24.5) vs. Tonga (+24.5); total: 56.5 - view all lines

Betting on Scotland (-24.5)

Scotland were given a rude awakening in their opening match at the 2023 Rugby World Cup, losing 18-3 to South Africa at the Stade de Marseille on September 10.

The Scots played excellent defence in the first half, holding the defending champions to just six points.

South Africa scored two quick tries, however, to start the second half to take the match away from Gregor Townsend's men.

Scotland were outscored 12-0 in the second half as they opened their campaign with a loss. They will look to get back on track this coming Sunday when they face Tonga.

The Dark Blues have won three of their last four matches against Tonga, including a 60-14 thumping in their last meeting in 2021, per the BBC.

Kyle Steyn starred for Scotland in that contest, scoring four tries. He wasn't part of the 23-man lineup that lost to South Africa in the opener.

Betting on Tonga (+24.5)

Tonga got shellacked in their opening World Cup match, losing 59-16 to red-hot Ireland.

They allowed eight tries in the loss to the Irish, one of which was converted by Johnny Sexton, who became the record points scorer for his country.

Tonga did have their moments against Ireland, including a try by Vaea Fifita late in the first half.

He broke off the back of the scrum and went over for the conversion to give Tonga just rewards for their late pressure, per EuroSport.

The last time Ikale Tahi defeated the Scots was back in 2012, with Tonga producing a stunning 21-15 victory.

For Tonga to record a major upset this weekend, they will need to get great performances from their key players, including Toulouse star Pita Ahki, Malakai Fekitoa, Charles Piutau, captain Ben Tameifuna, and Vaea Fifita.

Writer's Prediction

Scotland (-24.5) win and cover the spread against Tonga (all odds courtesy of 1XBet).

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South Africa vs. Ireland Betting Preview

Sports Brief also previewed the South Africa versus Ireland World Cup match.

Both sides head into the blockbuster clash with unbeaten 2-0 records.

The Springboks have been installed as slight 1.5-point favourites over the Irish.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.
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