Rugby World Cup handicap treble: Expect strong displays from emboldened underdogs
Japan's victory over South Africa at the weekend was one of the greatest upsets in sporting history - there can be more surprises on Wednesday
Japan have been the stars of the Rugby World Cup so far after their remarkable victory over South Africa in Brighton on Saturday.
And having defeated the Springboks, they will be confident of doing the same to Scotland.
The Scots will be fresher as they are yet to play in the tournament, while their record win - a 100-8 victory - was against Japan in 2004.
Much has changed since then, though, and Eddie Jones' side are capable of covering the handicap, even if they do not record a second massive victory.
Fiji performed solidly against England in the tournament opener but ultimately came up short and a similar pattern should be expected against Australia in Cardiff.
The Aussies looked vulnerable at the end of last year - losing to England, Ireland and France - but have returned to form in 2015 by beating New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina.
The last three games between these sides have finished with an aggregate score of 153-15 and the Wallabies should dominate once more.
Do not be surprised if Israel Folau replicates Mike Brown and crosses the white line against Fiji from full-back. This will be close but Australia should just exceed the winning margin.
The opening weekend of the Rugby World Cup demonstrated that the minnows have improved greatly on previous years and there should be less total thrashings this time around.
Wales’ 45-point win over Uruguay has been the most comprehensive and, arguably, France are a step behind the Welsh and Romania are a little ahead of the Uruguayans.
Les Bleus, therefore, cannot be expected to cover this hefty handicap.
The Romanians tend to start tournaments with decent performances - they put 24 points past Scotland in 2011, 18 past Italy in 2007 and 17 past Ireland in 2003 - and are worth backing.
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