Scotland 61-0 Russia: Rugby World Cup 2019 – as it happened – The Guardian

Scotland 61-0 Russia: Rugby World Cup 2019 – as it happened – The Guardian

And here’s a match report from Andy Bull in Shizuoka. That’s all from me. Bye!

That’s the easy part done, the hard bit is still to come. Scotland beat Russia 61-0, their biggest win in 15 years, and earned the bonus point they needed just five minutes into the second half. That means that they now have 10 points in the pool, which puts them one behind Ireland, and four behind Japan, who they need to beat in Yokohama on Sunday. It’ll have to be a handsome victory, too, because if Japan pick up a bonus point for losing by seven points or less, Scotland will need one too, for scoring four tries or more. Assuming that is, they get to play at all.

Super Typhoon Hagibis is forecast to hit the Tokyo area this weekend. World Rugby have not announced their contingency plans yet and it is not clear whether, when, or where the match will go ahead. The Russians will be gone by then. They looked utterly spent, and turned in their worst game yet.

Much more here:

The rugby isn’t over for the day quite yet: Barry Glendenning is on the Wales v Fiji beat here:

All the vital pool tables and results and stuff have been lovingly collated for you here:

Russia’s captain, Vasily Artemyev, has been presented with a brand new No15 shirt while his team-mates gather around applauding. He probably doesn’t need any more No15 shirts, but it’s the thought that counts.

Gregor Townsend has a chat:

They played some excellent rugby. That first 10-15 minutes of the game was very competitive. Russia were here to play, they moved the ball wide, we know how physical they are, they challenge well, the breakdowns, so we had to put a really resilient performance together and take the gaps when they started to appear. It was an excellent performance and shows the depth that we have. I thought Adam Hastings brought a really good balance to his game. Some excellent kicking in the first half put pressure on the Russians, so they had to play from deep, and then his running game and link play was excellent. Still a few areas to improve, but both him and George Horne combined very well.

We’ll see what happens on Saturday now with the Samoa-Ireland game, because that is a factor if Ireland don’t get maximum points and it could be a three-way tie. But we know we have to win and we have to win by seven clear points if we’re going to get into the last eight, and that’ll be a big challenge because Japan are a very good team and have had a pretty good rest going into this game.

So Scotland have won their last two games by an aggregate score of 95-0, and that’s despite having two tries ruled out here for slightly forward passes (though ITV are currently arguing that George Horne’s fourth try should have stood). There was some excellent play here, with Darcy Graham’s fantastic run for the all-important fourth try the highlight.

John Barclay, Scotland’s captain, has a chat:

We enjoyed that one. To be honest we were a little bit nervous coming into the game because of what we’d seen Russia do to other teams in the tournament. So we prepared really well. I was proud of the boys, really professional, stuck to how we wanted to play the game and it was a good result. The Japan game wasn’t on our minds at all, to be honest. I think we’d have been doing a disservice to Russia if we’d done that. I spoke to the boys in the week, if we have one eye on Japan it’s easy to take your eye off this game. Certainly the guys who were playing were very focused on this game.

Final score: Scotland 61-0 Russia!

81 mins: Time for one more try! Adam Hastings touches down! But again the final pass, this time from Tommy Seymour, went forwards and it’s chalked off! The game ends with Hastings’ head in his hands as the hat-trick is ripped from his grasp.

Scotland’s Adam Hastings, left, reacts as Russia’s German Davydov falls over after his last minute try was disallowed.

Scotland’s Adam Hastings, left, reacts as Russia’s German Davydov falls over after his last minute try was disallowed. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP


Converted! Scotland 61-0 Russia!

79 mins: Again excellent from Adam Hastings.

TRY! Scotland 59-0 Russia!

78 mins: Good work from Duncan Taylor on the left helps Scotland surge into Russian space, and when the ball is worked to the right Stuart McInally manages to sprint to the line before Dmitrii Gerasimov can bring him down!

Stuart McInally touches down for Scotland’s ninth try.

Stuart McInally touches down for Scotland’s ninth try. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters


TRY! And converted! Scotland 54-0 Russia!

76 mins: A try for the captain, John Barclay! He runs the final 30m against nonexistent opposition. The final defender, German Davydov, just stands still and ushers him past. Hopeless from Russia, who allow Barclay to touch down between the posts and give Hastings an easy conversion.

Scotland’s flanker John Barclay runs in to score a try.

Scotland’s flanker John Barclay runs in to score a try. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images


74 mins: Iurii Kushnarev rampages down the left for a while, signs of life and ambition still for Russia. But once he’s tackled, they lose the ball in short order.

72 mins: There has been a discernible loss of intensity in the last few minutes. Russia concede a penalty for a no-arms tackle on Hastings. They could probably have banked the points but Scotland kick to touch, in search of another try.

69 mins: Russia lose another line-out. Their World Cup is not so much ending as unravelling.

No try! Scotland 47-0 Russia

65 mins: It’s chalked off. That was a poor mistake from Bradbury, who fluffed a completely straightforward pass. Not that it matters much at this stage.

TRY!?! Scotland 52-0 Russia!?

64 mins: Russia are once again sliced open by a surging Scot. This time it’s WP Nel, who does his best impression of a sprinter for a while before offloading. The ball is worked left where Bradbury feeds Horne for another. It looked like the final pass went forwards, but will it be checked?


60 mins: At the seventh attempt, Hastings finally misses a conversion.

TRY! Scotland 47-0 Russia! And a hat-trick for George Horne!

59 mins: Ramil Gaisin kicks clear, but within moments Russia are falling apart again! Pete Horne starts the rampage, passing inside to Henry Pyrgos, and he draws the final defender before feeding Horne to administer the coup de grace!

George Horne of Scotland scores his team’s seventh try.

George Horne of Scotland scores his team’s seventh try. Photograph: Adam Pretty/Getty Images


Converted! Scotland 42-0 Russia!

57 mins: That was an extremely difficult conversion made to look completely straightforward by a player brimming with confidence. Adam Hastings has had an immaculate evening.

TRY! Scotland 40-0 Russia!

55 mins: Two kicks lead to a sixth try. Duncan Taylor with the first, which travels 40m or so and rolls around a bit before being kicked away by Russia and into touch. Scotland take it quickly and Kinghorn prods through another kick which rolls conveniently down the right flank without ever quite making it into touch, and Tommy Seymour sprints onto it to touch down!

A flying Tommy Seymour touches down for Scotland’s sixth try.

A flying Tommy Seymour touches down for Scotland’s sixth try. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters


Converted! Scotland 35-0 Russia!

52 mins: Turns out Russia’s defence is extremely flimsy. Scotland have scored some far too straightforward tries today, and that was another.

TRY! Scotland 33-0 Russia!

51 mins: A fifth try! And a first from a forward, as Scotland drive forwards before George Turner spins out of the maul with the ball in his hands and sprints to the line!

George Turner of Scotland scores his team’s fifth try.

George Turner of Scotland scores his team’s fifth try. Photograph: Adam Pretty/Getty Images


49 mins: Scotland threaten again, only for Kinghorn to fluff the final offload.

48 mins: Graham is immediately removed from the fray, to bask in the glory of that fabulous run.

Converted! Scotland 28-0 Russia!

46 mins: A successful conversion from Hastings, wide on the left. It had been an inauspicious start to the second half, until Graham sent it blooming into brilliant life.

TRY! Scotland 26-0 Russia!

45 mins: It’s the try they wanted! And what a run from Darcy Graham! He catches a kick deep inside his own half, skips through any number of tiny slivers of space and finally presents George Horne with the final 10 metres of empty grass!

Darcy Graham of Scotland runs with the ball before passing it to George Horne of Scotland who goes on to score his team’s fourth try

Darcy Graham of Scotland runs with the ball before … Photograph: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Scotland's George Horne scores their fourth try .

Before passing it to George Horne who goes over to score Scotlands fourth try. Photograph: Annegret Hilse/Reuters


41 mins: Not a great start: Kinghorn’s kick doesn’t travel the requisite 10 metres, so Russia have a scrum on the centre spot.

General view of a scrum

It’s scrummaging time. Photograph: Francois Nel/World Rugby via Getty Images


41 mins: And they’re off!

The players are back out, and Blair Kinghorn preparing to get the game restarted.

If Scotland haven’t been perfect, they have at least made no significant missteps, and capitalised ruthlessly on their opponents’. Russia’s best chance was always to be strong defensively, maintaining that even if the Scots scored a single try, and capitalise on Scottish desperation when their four-try target started to look out of reach. Instead they conceded one try and then crumbled.


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