Rugby | Scotland earn bonus point and shutout against Samoa

Scotland have recorded a bonus-point victory over Samoa.

The Scots hammered their Pool A opponents 34-0 at Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium to get their World Cup campaign back on track following last week’s defeat to Ireland.

Greig Laidlaw produced the first points of the game with a penalty in the eighth minute, and Gregor Townsend’s men never looked back, despite the high humidity and sweltering conditions.

Sean Maitland scored Scotland’s first try just before the half hour mark after he was sent clear down the right by Finn Russell’s probing kick.

Laidlaw converted, before scoring the Europeans’ second try three minutes later.

The impressive Jamie Ritchie offloaded to send Laidlaw through following more good work from Russell, who showed great feet to break the Samoan line.

Laidlaw did well to hold off Samoa full-back Tim Nanai-Williams before sprinting over the whitewash. The 33-year-old converted once again to extend Scotland’s lead to 17 points.

Stuart Hogg nailed a drop goal three minutes before the interval to give the Scots a 20-0 lead at the break.

Samoa – who beat Russia in their first Pool A clash – made a strong start to the second half, but had little to show for their efforts.

Instead, it was Scotland who were awarded a penalty try at the other end in the 57th minute after Samoa winger Ed Fidow illegally came in at the side of a close-range rolling maul.

Fidow was shown a yellow card for the offence, and was given his marching orders in the 74th minute for conceding another penalty try.

This time, the winger came crashing into Maitland with his knees as the Scotsman sought his second try.

Scotland were awarded their second penalty try, and one which sealed a much-needed bonus point, while Fidow was sent to the stands.

A bonus point and a shutout represents a good day’s work for the Scots, who still have to face Russia and Japan in Pool A.