NEWS
09/27/2011 06:54 EDT | Updated 11/27/2011 05:12 EST

Figuring on a battle up front, England plans to fight fire with fire against Scottish scrum

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - If England prop Matt Stevens can be certain of one thing this weekend, it's a head-on assault from a Scottish pack in what has become a make-or-break World Cup pool match for both teams.

All the references to battles and clashes between the ancient rivals in the pre-match hype should translate into an intense, physical, forward-oriented contest at Auckland's Eden Park on Saturday.

Scotland isn't likely to abandon tradition and recklessly run the ball against one of the best defensive teams in the competition.

That's where Stevens, a member of the England squad which reached the 2007 World Cup final, is hoping to come in. He says he has overcome an ankle sprain which kept him out of England's last match and is ready to take on Scotland up front.