- Scotland made light work of Russia in their crucial Pool A clash in Shizuoka
- Scots had three tries by the break, through Adam Hastings (2) and George Horne
- Gregor Townsend’s men were rampant in the second half, adding five more
- Horne completed a hat-trick, while Tommy Seymour and George Turner scored
- John Barclay and Stuart McInally also got in on the act as Scots cruised to win
Adam Hastings gets the ball rolling for Scotland as he touches down in the first half
George Horne’s quick thinking added a third score when he intercepted to touch down
The two Glasgow Warriors half-backs celebrate during a convincing first-half display
Darcy Graham carves through the Russian defence after taking the ball out from his own half
Horne touches down once more on his way to a World Cup hat-trick in Shizuoka on Wednesday
George Turner touches down after spinning off the back of a rolling maul to go over
Tommy Seymour races through to get on the end of Blair Kinghorn’s grubber and touch down
Tommy Seymour is congratulated by his team-mates after getting on to the loose ball
Scotland scrum-half George Horne scored a hat-trick as his side easily secured the bonus-point win they needed to keep them in the hunt for qualification to the World Cup knockout stages.
They had the fourth try in the bag five minutes after the break to leave them looking for a win over Japan by four clear points to make the quarter-finals.
In total they ran in nine tries but that has to be taken in the context it was against Russia, a side that hasn’t come close to winning a World Cup match. Against Scotland they were outclassed from start to finish and never threatened.
They didn’t even score a single point which was all down to their ineptitude in attack rather than Scotland’s defence.
Scotland only struggled for the first few minutes when lots of passes didn’t go to hand. Nerves were settled early through two tries in the first 20 minutes by fly-half Adam Hastings. His first came with 15 minutes on the clock when he broke through two tackles to score.
His second was all his own work. He kicked ahead into acres of space and although Russian full-back Vasily Artemyev looked to have it covered he slipped at the vital moment. Hastings, who had never given up the chase, took full advantage to touch down. It was the perfect start from the fly-half who converted both his tries.
Three minutes later it was Horne’s chance to take full advantage of a Russian mistake. They won the line-out well but scrum-half Dmitry Perov’s attempted pass was so telegraphed it was picked off by George Horne for an easy score. Hastings converted.
Scotland hooker Fraser Brown, who was playing out of position at flanker, was replaced by Magnus Bradbury just before the half-hour mark. It looked like a pre-planned substitution to keep him fresh for the game against Japan.
There was no more scoring in the first half but there was no need to worry. Five minutes after the break winger Darcy Graham ran from deep before unselfishly playing in Horne to score Scotland’s vital fourth try and gave them the bonus point. Hastings converted. Hooker George Turner got the fifth with Hastings converting yet again.
The tries kept coming with Seymour get one on 55 minutes following a clever grubber kick from Blair Kinghorn. Hastings kept up his hundred per cent kicking record with the conversion. Horne got his third try before the hour mark as the Scots started to run riot. He thought he had his fourth but his touchdown in the corner was ruled out for a forward pass.
Russia looked to have run out of puff if John Barclay’s try was anything to go by. He didn’t even have to sprint as he ran past the defence to score under the posts. Hastings put over the conversion.
Replacement Stuart McInally got the ninth try that was converted by Hastings.
The fly-half thought he had a hat-trick of his own but his touchdown was ruled out by referee Wayne Barnes for another forward pass.