Blair Kinghorn insists that Scotland will bring Ireland’s 16-game unbeaten run to an end in Saturday’s decisive World Cup Pool B clash.
Scotland have won two of their three pool matches so far and need to produce an upset for the books to progress to the World Cup quarter-finals.
Ireland are unbeaten in 16 Test matches, stretching back to last July, and have won all three of their pool fixtures, including a 13-8 victory over defending world champions South Africa.
Scotland have not beaten Ireland in eight attempts, but fullback Kinghorn cut a confident figure during a pre-match press conference.
“It’s win or go home. Everyone is pumped for it,” Kinghorn said.
“They have been on a good run of form recently, but we’ll end that on Saturday.”
Captain Jamie Ritchie, back to lead his nation after sitting out their demolition of minnows Romania, said Scotland are ready to send a message of intent by dumping out one of the title favourites.
“We were written off by a lot of people going into this pool,” Ritchie said.
“It was always going to be tough for us to get out of it, but we very much have the belief and it’s still there ready for Saturday.
“We believe we can go there, do enough to get out of the pool and keep our World Cup alive. If we lose the game, we’re going home.
“We’ve been written off against the top two teams in the world but, for us, we’re not going to die wondering, we’ve got to fire every bullet in our gun and we’ve got to go out there and play our best game and it is in our hands from now.”
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