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Wright blasts “we can do it” as Scots chase World Cup glory

PUMPED-UP Peter Wright has blasted that “we can do it” as Scotland chase BetVictor World Cup glory.

Snakebite and Gary Anderson face Sweden today (Saturday) in the second round after dumping Denmark in just over 15 minutes on Friday night.

Now Wright believes that the duo get can get the Dartan Army celebrating glory to go one better after losing last year’s final to the Netherlands.

He said: “Of course we can go one better than last year, we can do it. We are probably the most gelled team that’s left in the tournament. We are both experienced.

“I can’t believe they put us on a Thursday night. All the best teams are on Friday night so why do they put Scotland on Thursday? It’s a bit shocking.

“They should put all the rubbish teams on Thursday night and all the good teams on Friday. Why don’t the defending champions open the tournament?”

Anderson has only played one competitive match on TV this year after being dogged with back and elbow injury problems.

But he looked like his old self in the 5-0 Dane demolition. He added: “I don’t like pairs and nor does Peter. We don’t play pairs now, I find it very hard to get into a rhythm. So you have to wait and it’s a bit off-putting.

“But we’ve got there. We watched Singapore tonight and Paul Lim is an absolute legend. He is very underrated. You’ve got England playing the Philippines, could be a shock there as well.

“It’s now Sweden and I’ve known Magnus (Carin) a long time, he just doesn’t age. He looks the same now as he did 20 years ago. Sweden are a good pairing as well, we’ve got to perform the same again.

“It was going well in practice for a change. My elbow is a lot better now. I couldn’t throw hardly in an exhibition in Edinburgh recently but it’s getting there now. I just need to practice now.

“It’s nice to be back playing but I think it’s going to be a long hard road for me to get back to where I have been so we’ll see what happens.”

Wright admitted that they were both haunted by watching Singapore knock out Wales and South Africa KO Northern Ireland – having been beaten by Singapore just a couple of years ago.

Wright added: “We were in the backroom and he did this to us two years ago, that’s how good they are.

“To be fair we were pretty confident

Wright: “To be fair in this competition if the World Cup is pairs you should play pairs all the way through it. But that’s my opinion. Otherwise it’s World Cup singles. If it was all pairs then you’d have really big upsets.”

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