Finn Russell Rugby World Cup: Scotland on the board as they hammer 14-man Samoa in Kobe

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Finn Russell Sean Maitland scoring Scotland's first try of the tournament as they proved too good for Samoa in Kobe.

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Sean Maitland scoring Scotland’s first try of the tournament as they proved too good for Samoa in Kobe.

Scotland got two penalty tries and Samoa winger Ed Fidow got a red card for giving away both of them in a pressure-relieving 34-0 win for the Scots at the 2019 Rugby World Cup at Kobe’s Misaki Stadium on Monday.

After an intriguing pool A was shaken up by hosts Japan’s shock win over Ireland last Saturday, Scotland were slow out of the blocks in a game they had to win but a 20-point blitz in the final 10 minutes before half-time ignited their World Cup and winning the pool is now on the cards ahead of facing Russia and Japan.

Fidow collapsed a maul for his first yellow card, and slid in knees first to stop Sean Maitland scoring for his second sin-bin offence with five minutes to go. The two yellows added up to a red to keep Samoa’s terrible disciplinary record going at the World Cup. They had two yellows in their first game, and Fidow was also warned after that game for punching, although he didn’t get punished during it.

Finn Russell Scotland were awarded a second penalty try after this Ed Fidow challenge on Sean Maitland.

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Scotland were awarded a second penalty try after this Ed Fidow challenge on Sean Maitland.

The All Blacks are all but certain to win Pool B after beating South Africa in their opener and the reigning champions will be keeping an eye on a tight Pool A as they will likely play the team which finishes second in the quarter-finals.

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Scotland’s chances of making the quarterfinals would have been left hanging by a thread if it had slipped to a second straight loss in Pool A. It’s still by no means certain but it’s better than where it was after a 27-3 walloping by Ireland to open the World Cup.

First-half tries by wing Maitland and scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw, and a dropped goal from distance by fullback Stuart Hogg put Scot

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