Scotland Rugby union is set to face a historic challenge in the Rugby World Cup after a crushing 4-0 loss to England in Glasgow.
Scotland’s Rugby World Championship opener was a crushing blow for the country’s bid to host the tournament in 2019, with the loss to the English Lions leaving Scotland in a relegation scrap and placing the team at the bottom of the table.
The Scots, who had already lost their first two games, were down to 17 men, when their second-string goalkeeper was replaced by an injured prop.
In the first half, the Scots had a solid chance to take the lead but the Lions took advantage of the Scottish defensive error to open up the hosts.
Rugby union coach Michael Cheika said: “The second half was a lot different than the first one.”
There were a few little things that went wrong and we didn’t score a lot of tries.
“It’s the first time we’ve been in this position, where we’ve lost the opening five minutes and not scored.”
I think we have a bit of a difficult task ahead of us, but I think we’ve got a bit more work to do in terms of winning the game.
“Scotland, who are ranked No.9 in the world according to the BBC World Rankings, are now down to just three points, one ahead of Italy and the next two teams, Wales and France.
The Lions were also the lowest-ranked side in the tournament, finishing in the bottom half of the rankings, having conceded seven tries in the first 40 minutes of play.
England will take on the Lions on Friday in the opening game of the 2019 Rugby World Cups.