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By Daniel Schofield for the Telegraph

With a bonus point wrapped inside 46 minutes, this was very much job done for the second-string Scotland side. Now the real task lies in wait against Japan in Yokohama on Sunday with a quarter-final place on the line.

The equation is relatively straightforward for Gregor Townsend’s team. They must take at least four more match points than the hosts to reach the knockout stages – either 4-0 or 5-1 – and this performance will considerably swell their confidence of achieving that task.

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As sloppy as Russia were, Scotland were brutally clinical. Fly half Adam Hastings scored 26 points, including two tries, while half back partner George Horne registered a hat-trick of tries. For a team that had proved such obdurate opponents for Ireland and Japan, Russia were sliced apart by Scotland with surprising ease.

No player inflicted as much damage as Darcy Graham, the sole survivor from the side that beat Samoa 34-0 last week. The wing beat eight defenders and made 151 metres before he was wisely replaced by Townsend on 47 minutes. How Scotland will need his dancing feet ag

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