Scotland starts off strong at World Men’s Curling Championship, winning their first two games to defend their title


Scotland starts off strong at World Men’s Curling Championship, winning their first two games to defend their title

Heading into the first day of competition without knowing the condition of the ice was a challenge, but the team quickly adapted and played some excellent shots to gain momentum and take the lead against tough opponents. The Scots scored three points at the third and fifth ends against Park’s Koreans, setting them up for a victory that they secured with a double at the seventh end.

Next, they faced a US team led by 2018 Olympic winning skip John Shuster, opening with a three-point lead and ultimately winning after eight ends. The team of Mouat, Hammie McMillan, Grant Hardie, and Bobby Lammie is ranked second in the world this year, facing tough competition from Italy’s rink, led by bronze medallist Joel Retornaz, who currently tops the rankings.

Despite Canada being ranked sixth, they are represented by the 2017 world champions, Brad Gushue, who are seeking redemption after losing to Mouat in the final last season. Looking ahead to Sunday’s games, Mouat expressed confidence in their ability to maintain their momentum and make a strong statement in the competition.

Scotland and Canada currently lead the round-robin with two wins each, while Italy has won their only game so far. Fans can watch the upcoming matches against Canada and Italy live on the BBC Sport website and app, with additional games scheduled throughout the week. Scotland’s matches against Germany, Japan, and Sweden will also be available for streaming on the BBC Sport platform.

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