Finn Russell Scotland keep pressure on Ireland with bonus-point win over Samoa

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Scotland 34

Samoa 0

GREGOR TOWNSEND’S SCOTLAND kept themselves in the mix in Pool A of the World Cup with a bonus-point win over Samoa, leaving them one match point behind second-place Ireland in the race for quarter-final spots.

Failure to get all five points this evening in a sweltering Kobe Misaki Stadium would have been a major slip-up from Scotland as they aimed to recover from their opening defeat to Ireland, but they got over the line with a 74th-minute penalty try.

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Greig Laidlaw scored 12 of Scotland’s points.

Source: Adam Davy

As such, the Scots keep the pressure on Ireland ahead of their clash with Russia in this venue on Thursday, when Joe Schmidt’s men will be keen to open up some breathing space with a bonus-point win of their own.

Scotland also face Russia next on Wednesday 9 October before a potentially decisive clash with hosts Japan on Sunday 13 October. That could well be akin to a play-off tie in Yokohama, should Ireland do enough against Russia and Samoa in the coming 12 days to send them into the quarter-finals. Japan face Samoa – who are also on five match points – on Saturday, before their clash with the Scots. 

Scrum-half Greig Laidlaw scored 12 points in a busy 64-minute outing against Samoa, while out-half Finn Russell had moments of class amid a hugely error-strewn affair in Kobe and second row Jonny Gray was named man of the match for a hard-working display.

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