Finn Russell Scotland wins 34-0 with 2 pen tries, Samoa’s Fidow sent off

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KOBE, Japan (AP) — 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 Rugby World Cup on Monday.

Fidow collapsed a maul to earn a first yellow card. He slid in knees first to stop Sean Maitland scoring for his second sin-bin offense 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.

Scotland’s chances of reaching the quarterfinals would have been left hanging by a thread if it had slipped to a second straight loss in Pool A. The quarters are still by no means certain, but Scotland is in a much better position than it was after a 27-3 walloping by Ireland in its opener.

“That was a true reflection of who we are and what we are capable of,” Scotland coach Gregor Townsend said of the bounce-back against Samoa.

First-half tries by wing Maitland and scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw, and a dropped goal from distance by fullback Stuart Hogg put Scotland out of sight on a steamy night under the closed roof at Kobe Misaki Stadium. Hogg launched his drop from near halfway and wide out on the left wing for a 20-0 halftime lead.

Scotland’s two penalty tries came in the second half. The second one near the end secured what could be a precious four-try bonus point. Scotland faces host Japan in what might be a decider for the quarterfinals in the last pool game. Scotland plays Russia before that.

Samoa didn’t score a point in a Rugby World Cup game for the first time in seven tournaments.

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