Scotland Defeats Russia and Sets Up Key Match Against Japan

Scotland defeated Russia 61-0 on Wednesday 9 October at the Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa. The team led 21-0 at the break.

Scotland will face Japan in the final pool match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and will determine who advances to the quarterfinals.

Pool A standings have Japan topping the pool with 14 points, Ireland is second with 11, while Scotland has 10. Samoa follows with 5, while Russia exits with none.

Two matches remain in the Pool. Ireland faces Samoa on Saturday, while japan meets Scotland on Sunday. Wins by Ireland and Japan will qualify both teams for the quarterfinals, however, losses by both could see Ireland exiting. A win by Scotland over Japan could see Scotland advancing with Japan losing out should Ireland beat Samoa.

Scotland opened the RWC with a 27-3 loss to Ireland and followed with a 34-0 win over Samoa and then beat Russia today. Russia opened the RWC with a 30-10 loss to Japan, a 34-9 loss to Samoa, and a 35-0 loss to Ireland and exit the RWC going winless in 2019.

Match Recap

Scotland jumped out to a 14-0 lead with a brace by Adam Hastings, who converted both tries. An interception of a Dmitry Perov pass then led to a try by scrum-half George Horne, with Hastings slotting the extras to lead 21-0 at the break.

The flood gates opened in the second half after Darcy Graham broke through four defenders and offloaded to Horne for the brace. Hooker George Turner added another from a rolling maul with Hastings slotting both to lead 35-0.

Following a kick ahead by Blair Kinghorn, Tommy Seymour dove over with Hastings slotting to lead 42-0. Horne then added a hat trick before Hastings had his first miss, 47-0.

Scotland added two more tries by John Barclay and by Stuart McInally with Hasting converting both for a final of 61-0 to Scotland.

Adam Hastings, who scored 26 points, was named Player of the Match.

It was a dominant effort by Scotland with the team controlling 65% of the territory and 59% of possession. They also had 879 meters carried to 229 for Russia.

Scotland controls their own destiny in their quest to advance to the quarterfinals. They need a bonus-point win against Japan or a win should Ireland lose to Samoa the previous day.

Squads & Match Preview

Scotland: 1. Gordon Reid 2. George Turner 3. Zander Fagerson 4. Scott Cummings 5. Ben Toolis 6. John Barclay (Capt.) 7. Fraser Brown 8. Ryan Wilson  9. George Horne 10. Adam Hastings 11. Darcy Graham 12. Pete Horne (Vice capt.) 13. Duncan Taylor 14. Tommy Seymour 15. Blair Kinghorn 16. Stuart McInally 17. Simon Berghan 18. Willem Nel 19. Grant Gilchrist 20. Magnus Bradbury 21. Jamie Ritchie 22. Henry Pyrgos 23. Chris Harris

Russia:  1. Valery Morozov 2. Stanislav Selskii 3. Kirill Gotovtsev 4. Andrey Ostrikov 5. Evgeny Elgin 6. Vitaly Zhivatov 7. Tagir Gadzhiev 8. Nikita Vavilin 9. Dmitry Perov 10. Ramil Gaisin 11. Vladislav Sozonov 12. Dmitry Gerasimov 13. Vladimir Ostroushko 14. German Davydov 15. Vasily Artemyev (capt.) 16. Sergey Chernyshev 17. Azamat Bitiev 18. Vladimir Podrezov 19. Bogdan Fedotko 20. Andrey Garbuzov 21. Sergey Ianiushkin 22. Anton Sychev 23. Yury Kushnarev

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