Scotland will look to Sir Alex Ferguson for inspiration this weekend – as they aim to upset the odds against two-time winners Australia in their Rugby World Cup Quarter-final clash.
The Scots – who finished as runners-up in Pool B behind South Africa – will use a speech from the former Manchester United manager to inspire their depleted squad, ahead of their 2015 Rugby World Cup last-eight showdown against the Wallabies at Twickenham on Sunday afternoon.
Scotland are best priced 9/1 to beat Australia at Stan James, who price the Pool A champions as 1/11 favourites to see off Scotland and progress to the Rugby World Cup Semi-final. Stan James also offer 25/1 for a draw at 80 minutes.
Sir Alex Conference Speech Used By Scots
Australia are second favourites to win the tournament, behind defending champions New Zealand, but that hasn’t stopped the underdogs turning to one of their own for inspiration – as Scotland coach Vern Cotter has sat his side down to watch a recording of one of Ferguson’s speeches.
Cotter told The Independent: “We watched one of [Ferguson’s] speeches from a conference in Glasgow, giving advice on how to play in a final.
“The major part that stuck was to play the game, not the occasion, and that will be a big focus against Australia. That’s so important – as we can’t get too carried away, just because it’s the World Cup Quarter-finals.”
Scotland Believe They Have A Chance
Despite the rally calls and the inspirational recordings, Scotland lock Richie Gray has revealed that the players know that it’s down to them to get a result and they know it won’t be easy, but he insists that the Scots still have a chance to progress.
The 26-year-old – whose brother, Jonny, is one of two players banned for the game after receiving a three-week suspension for dangerous play against Samoa – said: “We have to come together and put in a performance. We don’t want to let ourselves down.
“It will be difficult. I have been impressed by what I’ve seen [of Australia]. They have played some really good, attacking rugby and held out against Wales with 13 men, but we have a game plan.
“We need to front up physically. If we do that we have a chance.
“We have an expectation of what is going to come at us. But we are not going to worry too much about that, because we have to worry about what we are going to do. If we don’t get those things right, we are in for a long day.”