X

Monday 24
February

Rugby Union

Scots sink Russia to set up Japan decider

9th October 2019, 11:08 by Alex Jack

Scotland have set up what will be a Pool A decider against hosts Japan following a 61-0 thrashing of Russia on Wednesday.

On the back of a bonus-point victory over Samoa last time out, the Scots secured another with a deserved victory against a Russian side that seemed to have run out of steam after three tough previous games.

Scotland came out of the blocks quickly and it was fly-half Adam Hastings who went over for two early tries and George Horne touched down for the first of his three tries before the break, with the Scots leading 21-0.

Horne was on point to get the all-important bonus point score after the break and then Scotland let loose, with the scrum-half bagging his third, along with tries from George Turner, Tommy Seymour, John Barclay and Stuart McInally.

Head coach Gregor Townsend was delighted with the win and now the focus turns to Sunday's Pool A showdown with Japan, with the winner qualifying for the knockouts.

"They stepped up and played some excellent rugby. Russia were here to play, moved the ball wide and challenged all our breakdowns," he told ITV. "We had to put a really resilient performance together and takes gaps that started to appear.

"Adam Hastings brought real balance to his game, excellent kicking in the first half, and his running game was excellent. Still a few areas to improve but him and George Horne are playing well.

"We'll obviously see what happens on Saturday now between Samoa and Ireland. But we know we have to win and win by more than seven points to get into the last eight. That will be a big challenge."

In Wednesday's early game, Argentina proved to be too strong for the USA, with the Pumas coming out on top 47-17

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Alex Jack is a Yorkshireman with Scottish connections and well versed in a number of sports. A Leeds United supporter, who also enjoys both codes of rugby. Leeds Rhinos is where you can find him in the summer, while Alex is an avid supporter of Scottish rugby union.

More Southern Kings

Rugby Union

England defeat Ireland in Six Nations

23rd February 2020, 19:10

An inspired England ended Ireland’s hopes of Six Nations Grand Slam with a confident 24-12 victory at Twickenham.

Rugby Union

Pivac frustrated by referee in France loss

23rd February 2020, 12:19

Wales coach Wayne Pivac has criticised the referee for getting the big calls wrong in his side's 27-23 Six Nations loss to France.

Rugby Union

France are a real force - Edwards

22nd February 2020, 20:01

Defence coach Shaun Edwards says France's narrow win over Wales on Saturday has given his side a great chance of Six Nations glory.

Rugby Union

Harris happy as Scotland overcome Italy

22nd February 2020, 16:43

Chris Harris says Scotland didn't produce their best performance but they got the "job done" in the 17-0 Six Nations win in Italy.

Rugby Union

Toner steps in for Henderson

21st February 2020, 18:50

Ireland will be without lock Iain Henderson for Sunday's Six Nations game against England after he withdrew due to family reasons.

Rugby Union

Tuilagi back for Ireland battle

21st February 2020, 12:38

Centre Manu Tuilagi is fit again after a groin injury and returns to the England side for Sunday's Six Nations game with Ireland.

Recent Sport Headlines

Arsenal

Arsenal must convince star to sign up says Arteta

24th February 2020, 04:43

Mikel Arteta saluted the ‘superb’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and says Arsenal must do everything in their power to keep hold of the strike ace.

Rangers

Gerrard vows to find solutions to Rangers dodgy defence

24th February 2020, 04:43

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has again hit out at his side’s defending and admits he will have to find answers following the 2-2 draw with St Johnstone.

Ajax

Chelsea confirm Ziyech agrees five-year deal

24th February 2020, 04:09

Chelsea have wrapped up the signing of Hakim Ziyech after the Ajax star agreed terms on a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United

Solskjaer compares new boy to Manchester United greats once again

24th February 2020, 04:09

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaped praise on Bruno Fernandes after Manchester United's big-money January signing put in yet another man-of-the-match display.

Rugby League

Burgess ready to boost Warriors

24th February 2020, 02:53

Wigan Warriors have been boosted by the news George Burgess and a number of other stars are close to making a return.

Rugby League

Radford frustrated with Hull FC display

24th February 2020, 02:52

Hull FC coach Lee Radford described some of his side's play in the defeat to Wigan Warriors on Sunday as 'painful'.

Aston Villa

Should team fouls be totted up and punished like in the NBA?

23rd February 2020, 20:05

The tactical fouling of dangerous players, apparently by committee, in an orchestrated fashion is something the game's rule-makers need to address soon.

Lazio

Inzaghi lauds team spirit as Lazio’s incredible run continues

23rd February 2020, 20:05

Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi says the togetherness of his squad is the reason why they are only one point off the top of the Serie A table.