Finn Russell Rugby World Cup: Yokohama pain forgotten as Scots earn bonus point win

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Scotland 34 Samoa 0

Scotland the proof; any amount of misery can be unburdened at this World Cup.

Yokohama pain forgotten until they return there to face Japan on October 13th. The fourth try bonus finally came in the dying moments but not before two half naked streakers and an almighty blast of Freddie Mercury.

On this sweltering Kobe night, the knife was almost twisted deep by half-time. The promise of three tries denied by an inability to turn set piece and territorial dominance into a 27-0 lead. Ah the Scots would settle for 20-0 but the energy used up in those round the corner spins is costly in this climate.

Slippy, sloppy ball caused by the closed Misaki dome made it so humid and so sticky that you felt like the fried chicken local Kobe kids were flogging outside. Ireland and Russia will be cooked and served Thursday, but on this night the poor Scots and menacing Samoans were baked before 27,586 watering eyes.

You got the feeling Scotland needed to rack up the much needed bonus point before the conditions sapped them of all those fast twitch fibres.

But they kept going.

At least the visitors who journeyed down south got to witness what makes Gregor Townsend’s band of merry men so enticing: Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg on there on t

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