Scotland smash Russia to set up huge Japan clash

2019-10-10T07:26:31+02:00October 9th, 2019|

Scrumhalf George Horne scored a hat-trick as Scotland thrashed Russia 61-0 in Fukuroi on Wednesday. RUSSELL GREAVES reports.

Gregor Townsend’s side knew ahead of this match that they needed back-to-back bonus-point victories to be sure of a spot in the quarter-finals.

And they got the first part of the job done as Horne racked up a hat-trick of tries and Adam Hastings grabbed two, with the all-important fourth score coming early in the second half from Horne.

Tries from George Turner, Tommy Seymour, John Barclay and Stuart McInally added further gloss as Scotland kept a clean sheet for the second game in a row.

This result puts Scotland on 10 log points, with Japan leading the way on 14 and Ireland on 11.

Ireland conclude their pool phase against Samoa and should claim a bonus-point win.

That would mean Scotland have to beat Japan on Sunday and, providing they do not afford their opponents a losing bonus point, that would be enough to finish in the top two.

Hastings converted his own try after 15 minutes to ease the early tension for a Scotland side showing 14 changes from the 34-0 win over Samoa, with the same man chasing down his own kick to double his tally soon after.

With Russia reeling, Scotland capitalised on a woeful error from Dmitry Perov, whose pass was intercepted by Horne for the simplest of scores.

The fourth try came at the end of a swift counter in which Darcy Graham did most of the work before offloading to Horne.

With their bonus-point mission accomplished, Scotland played with greater freedom for the remainder of the contest, with Turner crashing over off the back of a driving maul and Seymour sprinting to plunge on top of a skidding kick behind a deflated Russia defence.

Further punishment was to come for Lyn Jones’ men as Horne sealed his treble to cap a marauding move that again exposed Russia’s frailties, and there was still time for Barclay and McInally to cross the line.

Scotland – Tries: Adam Hastings (2), George Horne (3), George Turner, Tommy Seymour, John Barclay, Stuart McInally. Conversions: Hastings (8).

Match stats

Scotland – 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Duncan Taylor, 12 Pete Horne, 11 Darcy Graham, 10 Adam Hastings, 9 George Horne, 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Fraser Brown, 6 John Barclay (c), 5 Ben Toolis, 4 Scott Cummings, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 George Turner, 1 Gordon Reid.
Subs: 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 – 15 Vasily Artemyev (c), 14 German Davydov, 13 Vladimir Ostroushko, 12 Dmitry Gerasimov, 11 Vladislav Sozonov, 10 Ramil Gaisin, 9 Dmitry Perov, 8 Nikita Vavilin, 7 Tagir Gadzhiev, 6 Vitaly Zhivatov, 5 Evgeny Elgin, 4 Andrey Ostrikov, 3 Kirill Gotovtsev, 2 Stanislav Selskii, 1 Valery Morozov.
Subs: 16 Sergey Chernyshev, 17 Azamat Bitiev, 18 Vladimir Podrezov, 19 Bogdan Fedotko, 20 Andrey Garbuzov, 21 Sergey Ianiushkin, 22 Anton Sychev, 23 Yury Kushnarev.