At last it’s getting serious at the 2011 Rugby World Cup – and there is much more than a quarter-final stake at place in England’s final group match against Scotland.

Defeat by Argentina means it’s win or bust for the Scots, who need an 8-point victory margin to stay in the tournament and send England home.

Making it all the more exciting is that England will fancy their chances of going all the way to a third successive World Cup Final if they beat Scotland and claim no.1 spot in their group.

Topping the group means England will avoid host nation New Zealand, the red hot favourites, and instead meet a France team in meltdown.

And then the odds are that victory will land a semi-final showdown with Ireland or Wales.

– By JOHN GUBBA

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