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Rugby Union – Hosts stand in Scotland’s way

Scotland scored nine unanswered tries to thrash Russia 61-0 and set up a vital World Cup Pool A finale against tournament hosts Japan in Yokohama on Sunday. Having lost their opening game 27-3 to Ireland, Scotland have responded by nilling both Samoa and Russia to keep their hopes of reaching the knockout stage of the competition alive. They will need to defeat Japan and secure a winning bonus point to progress, with Ireland sure of a place in the last eight as long as they take care of Samoa on Saturday. Head coach Gregor Townsend told ITV after a professional display in Shizuoka: "We'll obviously see what happens on Saturday now between Samoa and Ireland. "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." Scotland are now priced at 8/11 with bet365 to be eliminated at the group stage.

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