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Scotland 61 – 0 Russia
81min – Another try is called back, and that’s it! Full time.
78min – TRY – Scotland – far too easy, Scotland slice through the defence and they spin the ball to the right and it’s Stuart McInally who scores. Kick is good. Scotland 61 – 0 Russia
75min – TRY – Scotland, too much pressue from Scotland, John Barclay makes the break, throws the dummy and scores, Kick is good, Scotland 54 – 0 Russia
73min – Lineout is not straight from Scotland, Russia win the scrum.
71min – Scotland win a penalty and they will kick for the corner.
67min – Russia are on attack now as they search for their first points.
64min – Another Scotland try is called back because of a forward pass, it would’ve been Horne’s fourth.
63min – This is just the game Scotland needed, come Sunday night they will take Japan with the winner likely to go through.
59min – TRY – Scotland, lovely work from Pete Horne who makes the break and finds George Horne who scores his hat-trick. Kick is wide. Scotland 45 – 0 Russia
56min – TRY – Scotland, what a try, a kick in behind from Hastings and it stays in and Seymour scores! Kick is good. Scotland 42 – 0 Russia.
54min – As Russia try to work the ball forward and they knock the ball on, Scotland scrum.
51min – TRY – Scotland, off the lineout and George Turner goes over to score! Kick is good. Scotland 35 – 0 Russia.
50min – Scotland work the ball right and an offload from Blair Kinghorn goes behind Seymour. Russia get the lineout and clear.
45min – TRY – Scotland, a gorgeous run from Darcy Graham who slices the Russian defence open and he finds George Horne who scores. Kick is good. Scotland 28 – 0 Russia
43min – Scotland look for the box kick but it’s average, it goes out and Russia win a lineout.
42min – Back underway for the second half!
41min – A knock on ends the first half, that will take the sides to the sheds.
38min – Another chip and chase from Hastings, he’s running this show – all over this game.
36min – Another knock on from Scotland and Russia have another scrum.
34min – Knock on in the contact from Scotland, scrum Russia is the call.
30min – Great kick once again from Scotland! They’ve been superb today.
27min – Lovely kick from Scotland, it puts Russia on the back foot lineout 5m out.
23min – TRY – Scotland, that’s soft from Russia, they win the lineout and throw a pass on their own line, the pass is intercepted and scored by George Horne. Kick is good. Scotland 21 – 0 Russia.
18min – TRY – Scotland, lovely from the first five once again, he puts a chip kick in and leads the chase, the bounce gets past Vasily Artemyev and Hastings scores again. Kick is good. Scotland 14 – 0 Russia
17min – Russia work the ball forward but a knock on turns the ball over and Scotland clear.
16min – Penalty won by Russia, offside called against Scotland.
14min – TRY – Scotland, from the scrum, Adam Hastings got the ball and dummied a few times before slicing through the defence to score. Kick is good. Scotland 7 – 0 Russia.
12min – Knock in at the contact from Scotland, Russia win a scrum.
11min – Penalty won by Scotland and they will kick for the corner.
9min – Turnover is good and Russia will clear.
7min – Russia step out, lineout throw for Scotland just 20 metres out.
5min – Lovely kick from Taylor, even better work from Russia and they win the penalty at the breakdown.
4min – Scotland are hot on attack here looking for the first points.
3min – Russia are on the front foot early on here, as Scotland defend well.
1min – Underway for the first half.
8:11pm – A second-strength side for Scotland is running out now, they need at least a win to keep their tournament alive! A bonus-point win is what they would really be wanting.
Kia ora, good evening and welcome to Newshub’s coverage of the Rugby World Cup match between Scotland and Russia from Kumagaya.
TAB Odds: Scotland $1.001 Russia $21
Pre-match banter: Five must-watch games in Week Four
Everything that has gone before has led to this… which is the final stepping stone towards Rugby World Cup playoffs.
Only two teams have booked their passage to the knockout stages and even they still don’t know where they will land in the quarter-final bracket, so Week Four offers some tempting morsels for the rugby fan who still hasn’t had enough.
- All Blacks determined to beat yellow-card blitz
- Italy props to miss All Blacks clash
- Power Rankings: Fiji rekindle fading playoff hopes
If you’re more selective in your rugby viewing, check out these match-ups over the next six days…
Wales v Fiji
Wednesday, October 9
TAB: Wales $1.13, Fiji $5.35
These two teams share World Cup history – Fiji has only once made the playoff rounds of the tournament and did so by beating Wales in pool play in 2007.
Can history repeat?
Wales have been steady through the opening three weeks, accounting for Australia and seemingly headed for the top of Pool D.
But Fiji have shown glimpses of their other-worldly skill and power, and still have a sniff of a quarter-final spot, if they can topple the recent world No.1 side (and Georgia shock the Wallabies).
That World Cup victory stands as their only success against the Welsh, although they drew their next encounter in Cardiff three years later and have finished within 10 points on five other occasions.
New Zealand v Italy
Saturday, October 12
TAB: NZ $1.001, Italy $36
The Italians have never seriously challenged the All Blacks – the closest they’ve come in 14 previous encounters is 10 points and the average winning margin is 49 points.
Last time they met, New Zealand prevailed 66-3 in Rome, so realistically, anything but a comfortable win for the two-time defending champions would be totally unexpected.
But the All Blacks have virtually been on rugby vacation since dispatching South Africa in their opening game, taking an 11-day break from competition and then returning to play the two lowest-ranked teams in the draw.
They will need an emphatic performance against Italy to blow out the cobwebs before the knockout phases – and actually they still need a win just to reach that stage.
England v France
Saturday, October 13
TAB: England $1.18, France $4.45
The English have had the best build-up towards the business end of the tournament, with their opponents gradually getting tougher through pool play.
They and France have both qualified for the next stage – it’s just a matter of who tops the group and faces the easier path to the semis.
The double-edged sword of England’s progression is that they – and France – now face five straight weeks of tier-one opposition, if they hope to lift the Webb Ellis Trophy.
The French have been typically enigmatic so far, barely surviving their last encounter against Tonga… which means they’re due.
History favours the English 58-40, with seven draws.
Namibia v Canada
Sunday, October 14
TAB: Namibia $2.28, Canada $1.58
And while the big guns do battle for places in the quarter-final, those two aforementioned lowest-ranked teams will face off for the wooden spoon.
If your office sweepstake has a prize for the worst team at the World Cup (like ours), this game will likely decide that dubious honour.
Namibia (-141) enter the contest with the worst for/against differential in the tournament, with Canada (-104) the next worst.
The North Americans are ranked one spot higher in the world, have seven World Cup wins to their name, progressing to the 1991 quarter-finals, and have beaten the Africans in both previous meetings.
But frankly, Namibia have looked more enterprising at this tournament in quest of their first-ever win.
Japan v Scotland
Sunday, October 14
TAB: Japan $2.08, Scotland $1.69
We’ve waited for this clash all tournament, but certainly since the hosts upset Ireland on the second weekend to set up this mouthwatering showdown in the final pool game.
Pool A is up for grabs and victory here would see Japan unbeaten and progressing to their first-ever World Cup quarter-finals appearance.
A whole nation is aching for this result – perhaps the whole rugby world – so you have to feel for the Scots, who have stumbled through the draw as the poor cousins no-one wants to know at the family wedding.
They’ve won all seven previous encounters, including – notably – the last World Cup, where Japan upset South Africa, but still couldn’t progress past pool play.
Will history repeat?