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Chile v Scotland A, Summer Tour 2022: Match Preview

KO 9.00pm BST (4.00pm local time)
Saturday 25th June 2022
Estadio Santa Laura-Universidad SEK, Independencia Santiago

TV coverage – Premier Sports 1

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Teams

Scotland A: 15. Ollie Smith, 14. Damien Hoyland, 13. Matt Currie, 12. Sione Tuipulotu, 11. Rufus McLean, 10. Ross Thompson, 9. George Horne; 1 Jamie Bhatti, 2. David Cherry, 3. Javan Sebastian, 4. Jamie Hodgson, 5. Scott Cummings, 6. Ben Muncaster, 7. Luke Crosbie (capt), 8. Matt Fagerson.
Replacements: 16. Johnny Matthews, 17. Pierre Schoeman, 18. Murphy Walker, 19. Glen Young, 20. Magnus Bradbury, 21. Ali Price, 22. Blair Kinghorn, 23. Mark Bennett

Chile: 15. Francisco Urroz, 14. Nicolas Garafulic, 13. Pablo Casas, 12. Inaki Ayarza, 11. Matias Garafulic, 10. Rodrigo Fernandez (capt), 9. Marcelo Torrealba; 1. Javier Carrasco, 2. Tomas Dussaillant, 3. Vittorio Lastra, 4. Santiago Pedrero, 5. Clemente Saavedra, 6. Santiago Edwards, 7. Ignacio Silva, 8. Alfonso Escobar.
Replacements: 16. Diego Escobar, 17. Salvador Lues, 18. Inaki Gurruchaga, 19. Thomas Orchard, 20. Raimundo Martinez, 21. Jose Larenas, 22. Santiago Videla, 23. Nicolas Herreros

For Scotland – Ollie Smith, Matt Currie, Ben Muncaster, Johnny Matthews, Murphy Walker and Glen Young are uncapped and will be looking to use this match to press their case for a place among the Test 23 – and a first cap – in the series against Argentina.

While it has been more than eight years since Scotland ‘A’ last played they did get as far as naming a side to take on England ‘A’ last year before Covid intervened. Seven players – Damien Hoyland, Rufus McLean, Ross Thompson, Javan Sebastian, Jamie Hodgson, Magnus Bradbury and Blair Kinghorn – were also in the matchday squad for that terminated fixture.

Chile Scouting Report

World Cup dreams

Chile have yet to qualify for a RWC but still retain hope of making it to France 2023. Following a stunning victory over two legs against Canada, Los Condores will face the USA in the Americas 2 playoff. The aggregate winner across two games on 9th and 16th July will take the final place in Group D at the World Cup. The loser will have one last opportunity to qualify for a slot in Group C via the Final Qualification Tournament in November this year.

Recent form

Post Covid, Chile have been making strides, including matching their highest ever world ranking of 23rd. They narrowly lost out to Uruguay in the 2021 South American Championship but then went on to that historic win over Canada. Having lost by a single point to a last minute penalty in the away leg, Chile blew their visitors away in Valparaiso with a comfortable cushion at half-time and only a try at the death put a bit of gloss on the result for an overmatched Canadian side.

Los Condores followed that up by defeating Russia – on their home turf – twice in the space of a week. The next target is to repeat the dose against another superpower, the USA, with this game against Scotland ‘A’ ideal prep to get the side in the right frame of mind to compete against a higher-ranked side.

Miscellany

  • 19 of Chile’s matchday squad come from the Super Liga Americana de Rugby side Selknam. The Chilean club eliminated the Jaguares of Argentina in the SLAR semi-finals before losing out to Penarol of Uruguay in the final.
  • Full back, Santiago Videla, went 7 from 7 from the tee and scored 23 points in the second leg victory over Canada. The Selknam player also nailed 6 from 6 in his country’s first match against Russia including a penalty to win the game with time expired.
  • Chile had a player sin binned in both legs of their RWC playoff against Canada and followed that up with 4 yellow cards in 2 games against Russia.
  • The Chilean side have 295 Test caps (Scotland – 239).
  • There are 5 over 30s in the home side’s 23 (Scotland – 1) and 6 players under 23 (Scotland – 5).

Previous results

This is the first time that these sides have met.

Officials

Referee: Adam Jones (Wales)
Assistant 1: Francisco Gonzalez (Uruguay)
Assistant 2: Talal Chaudhry (Canada)
TMO: Derek Summers (USA)

A United Rugby Championship ref that the Scots will be familiar with should help them find their feet in some unusual surroundings. It could be particularly important because Scotland have ‘lost’ the penalty count in each of their last 7 games – with an average of 12 conceded versus 9 offences by their opponents.

As ever it’s fine margins but differences like these are amplified in the cutthroat world of international rugby. This week’s match should be seen as an opportunity to show clear heads and good decisions ahead of a tricky Test series against Argentina.

The full Scotland Men’s team haven’t had a Welsh referee since Nigel Owens took charge of a Six Nations’ game v France in 2019. You’d need to go all the way back to 2013 and Leighton Hodges to find a WRU official other than Mr Owens taking charge of a Scotland game.

29 Responses

  1. Kinghorn to cover both 10 and midfield? Other than that, fairly predictable given no Premierships players, though think Bennett on the bench would provide more flexibility. Interesting to see how that back row works out, no human mountain in there as such but plenty of grunt all the same.

    1. Kinghorn will probably cover 10, wing and full back… Bennett will cover centre/ wing I would think!

  2. Chile’s fullback name on the Miscellany comments is Santiago Videla not Santiago Vidal

  3. Difficult to say what a success would be in this match as we really don’t know too much about Chile (settled side who mostly play together all the time, at home with nothing to lose). Don’t think it’ll be a 50-point win but expect us to win by at least 15.

    1. A win first and foremost, I never take a wind for granted with Townsend at the helm. Good luck to Horne, he seems to be the forgotten man of Scottish rugby. I suppose (just to build the pressure ) what we should expect is a try every ten minutes and 50 plus . That is not really too much to expect, however a win is the aim , the rest is a bonus IMO.

      1. I’d be happy with those back from injury (Cummings, M Fagerson) showing some form and the the youngsters looking like there going to take to int level rugby.

  4. Only saw extended highlights but looked like a good win – shame it wasn’t a complete shut out, almost for Price’s superman cover tackle.

    Albeit highlights looked like all of Horne, Thompson and (the real forgotten man of Scottish rugby) Hoyland played well, Horne particularly sharp. Seemed like a v nice cameo from Bennett and Price. I still think McLean has massive potential on international stage.

    Couldn’t really tell with the forwards and that opposition – Cummings looked to be cantering around second half, Crosbie in the first.

    That it was made to look so easy can only be positive. If only the team could get rightly stronger as the bigger names are plugged back in.

    If Toonie has not been sacked yet, he’s not going to be, so needs a fresh slate and hopefully this is the tiny step to the World Cup…

    Cracking stadium!

    1. The highlights were fine but they paper over the fact that we went off the boil from the 45 to the 75th minutes and with 2 minutes to go they were winning the second half. There was lots of good stuff but some not so good as well. For example McLean looked good with ball in hand but got isolated and turned over at least twice. They were better than us at jackling but then our two first choice 7s were rested. Still a few daft penalties. Lots to work on but thats what tours are for.

      1. They were in charge in the second half , Scotland A should have dominated. ‘This is what summer tours are for’ , who would disagree with that. Not me, but only if he sticks with the same players and as we know, that is not the Townsend way. Therefore on balance, the second half dip was poor. Bring on the main tests.

      2. So here’s my go at the team for Saturday
        Smith, Graham, Bennett, Johnson, VDM, Kinghorn, Price,
        Fagerson, Watson,Crosbie, GG, Cummings, Fagerson, Cherry, Schoeman
        Reps- Thompson, Tuipulotu, Horne, Darge, Skinner, Sebastian, Turner, Bhatti/Sutherland

      3. John M I dont think you are too far away with that team. I guess the main questions are: Does Gray or Cummings partner GG. Is Johnson and Bennet the preferred midfield? Will two 7s be selected with Crosbie making way for Darge? Will Smith get a start at 15 or will Toony go with Thompson at 10 and Kinghorn at 15? Nobody knows. If you believe the press then even Toony is only 90% certain.

      4. Kinghorn at 10 : I dare say you are right , but it still feels like a very bad decision to me. Don’t get me wrong , he will do, but what is it proving if he is anything less than amazing. Nothing. We have natural 10’s coming through. For me the position that really needs to be tested is Full back. Hogg isn’t quite the threat he once was and captaincy has just distracted him from him being accountable for his shortfalls. I think Toony may be genuinely looking for an succession plan. He doesn’t, IMO ,like it when anyone is too cosy in the side.

  5. Missed the game live (Royal Highland Show) just watched full game.
    Ramblings
    Decent performance for a scratch team
    Slightly concerning that for 1/3 match scoreless.
    Smith played well, Hoyland looked dangerous, Thompson kicked well but lacks Kinghorns flair.
    Crosbie led from the front, scrum won scrum battle comfortably.
    Bennett and Price added wee bit class, they must start next week, VDM such a potent weapon to use. Watson and Darge will come in.
    I still like a ball playing option at 12, but…….

  6. The most interesting thing for me is who kicks? Kinghorn adds flair but kicking ropey.
    Will Kinghorn play 15?

  7. Not sure if I agree with thesuggested team.
    Suspect Hoyland at PB
    Hutchison rather than Johnson
    Bradbury at 8
    Johnny Gray to start
    Ok part is my preferred selection and part what I think Townsend will opt for.

  8. My heart wants a Hutchinson-Bennett centre pairing. Shoot for the stars.

    Also helps Kinghorn at 10 to have loads of threats across the park so defenders watch him less and he can do his thing in midfield.

    Would be nice to see Crosbie continue as well. Feel Muncaster may be amongst the ones sent home though.

    1. I think that Hutch kicks as well doesn’t he? Would make a lot of sense to have a Harris/Hutchinson pairing then?

  9. Who do we think he will feature at loosehead this week ? I can see Schoeman becoming the first choice lose head. I have a nagging doubt over Sutherland’s form.

  10. Any news on who is returning from South America early? With 4 other wingers in Graham, VdM, Hoyland & Rowe & others who can cover, not sure McClean will be touring longer and if Turner now recovered, imagine Matthews on his way back too, probably with Muncaster, Young, Hosgson & at least a couple more. Real shame Vellacott was injured just before the tour, he’s definitely helped give Edinburgh an attacking edge.

  11. Some thoughts;
    I think the Currie, Tuipulotu center partnership is far more significant that just giving a promising youngster a chance. I think Toonie is grooming them to be Scotlands go-to center pairing for the next world cup cycle. Currie seems to carry a hell of a lot of credit with his coaches they obviously love what they see and maybe think those two can be the do-it-all centers Scotland have been looking for.
    I’m still concerned that Scotlands game plan still seems more effective at isolating our own players than stressing the defense. It’s like they are too busy thinking about the next phase than securing the ball just like throughout the 6N they struggle to build phases. Is this a sign of Townsend returning to his over elaborate game plans?
    It’ll be interesting to see who leaves the squad. Presumably non of the english based players. With hastings/Jones out surely Thompson/Smith will stay. Muncaster, Currie, Mathews, but then who Mclean or Hoyland? Maybe both. harsh if you’ve just scored a hat-trick.

  12. Seems we’ve left ourselves with a real quandary re kicking ……..Thompson the only reliable/regular kicker in the squad.
    Hastings injury a real blow…..VdW should’ve travelled.
    I still think anything less than a positive outcome over the next 3 tests would be a failure.

    1. John:I think winning three tests against the Pumas in Argentina is a big ask of this side. But we should, given Toony’s time in charge , be expecting that Scotland will consistently dismiss a side like the PUMAs three games on the trot. I am looking forward to the match on Saturday and I hope we do not disappoint. Can this , no frills Scotland side , do it !

  13. I think winning the series is a big ask, that Pumas squad is packed with quality and Cheika is a master and short term bounce is results. First test vital for Scotland as we should be more cohesive 2nd and 3rd tests will be harder.

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