De Luca eyes England knockout bonus

SCOTLAND'S Nick De Luca admits it would be a bonus if a victory over England on Saturday were to knock their arch rivals out of the World Cup.

But the centre stressed that their main aim was to uphold their tradition of having made the quarter-finals in every edition of the World Cup.

“No matter who we were playing this weekend, it could be – it hopefully won’t be – our last game in the World Cup,” said De Luca. “If we do it right, England would go out, which would be an added bonus, but it’s not the incentive itself.”

Should Argentina beat Georgia, Scotland must deny England a bonus point or score four tries themselves to advance. However, De Luca is optimistic Scotland can double their try tally so far in the tournament.

“I think it’s feasible,” he said, “They do have a great defence and we aren’t prolific try-scorers, so it’s a big ask, but we’re definitely confident we can do it.”