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Preview: USA v Scotland – Scottish Rugby

Quotes

Head Coach Gregor Townsend “(Washington) is a great city to experience. It’s hot!

“We are very pleased with the intensity the players have shown in training. It is a new team, they will be fresh and ready to play.

“We know that it will be a tough fight with our opponent this week. Our opponent is very motivated, but we also have to deal with the weather conditions.”

Teams

Previous meetings

  • USA 30-29 Scotland – BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, June 16, 2018
  • Scotland 39-16 USA – Elland Road, Leeds, 27 September 2015
  • USA 6-24 Scotland – BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, June 8, 2014
  • Scotland 39-15 USA – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, 20 October 2003
  • USA 23-65 Scotland – Boxer Stadium, San Francisco, June 22, 2002
  • Scotland 53-6 USA – Scottish Gas Murrayfield, 4 November 2000

Statistics

  • Scotland defeated Canada by 61 points (73-12) last week, their biggest men’s Test win against North American opponents and their first away Test win by 50+ points, excluding neutral venues.
  • Scotland have the highest tackle success rate among Tier 1 Test rugby teams over the last 12 months (89.4%), while only New Zealand (27%) have avoided a higher proportion of their tackles than Scotland (25%) last year.
  • Of the 182 players to have played 400+ minutes of Tier 1 Test rugby in the last 12 months, Scotland’s Duhan van der Merwe is one of only three players to have passed 5+ defenders in 80 minutes (5.8). Others include Mark Tele’a (9.4) and Damian Penaud (5.5).