Finn Russell Scotland alive and kicking after bonus-point win over Samoa

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Scotland revived their Rugby World Cup campaign with a 34-0 victory over Samoa on Monday, scoring four tries in a much-improved performance to secure a bonus point that could prove crucial in a tight Pool A.

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Rugby Union – Rugby World Cup – Pool A – Scotland v Samoa – Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe, Japan – September 30, 2019 Scotland’s Duncan Taylor in action REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

KOBE, Japan: Scotland revived their Rugby World Cup campaign with a 34-0 victory over Samoa on Monday, scoring four tries in a much-improved performance to secure a bonus point that could prove crucial in a tight Pool A.

Japan’s stunning upset of Ireland on Saturday shattered the expected permutations of the pool and the Scots knew they needed to get a big win on the board after their dismal defeat to the Irish in their opener.

Winger Sean Maitland and scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw scored converted tries with Stuart Hogg landing a 40-metre drop goal in the first half, while two penalty tries after the break secured the all-important extra point.

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