Finn Russell Scotland vs Samoa player ratings: Greig Laidlaw and Darcy Graham shine in Rugby World Cup 2019 win

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Scotland beat Samoa and secured a potentially precious bonus point as they got their Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign back on track.

Japan’s shock win over Ireland – who thrashed the Dark Blues in their Pool A opener – left Gregor Townsend’s team likely requiring three bonus-point wins from their remaining fixtures to make the last eight.

After a tight opening twenty, Scotland seized control just before half-time. Sean Maitland grabbed the first try as he collected a clever Finn Russell cross-field kick.

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The Scotland stand-off was the instigator again four minutes later as Greig Laidlaw bounced over the line for number two, with Stuart Hogg then putting Townsend’s team firmly in control as he nailed a huge 40-yard drop-goal.

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