Scotland 39-16 USA

Scotland survived a first half scare and recorded a comfortable win over USA in Pool B to move to the top with the maximum number of points possible. The first half saw USA play physically with some big hits, whilst Scotland lacked precision; this resulted in America leading 13-6. Scotland righted this in the second half and their increased precision saw them run in 5 tries and secure another bonus point victory.

Scotland have achieved exactly what they would have wanted with two bonus point victories over the weakest two teams in the Pool and have put themselves in a good position to qualify for the quarter finals. However, they have a sterner test against South Africa next week and finish with a difficult game against Samoa. For USA, it is difficult to see how they will beat South Africa (when Scotland’s precision increased, USA struggled and South Africa will surely play with precision whilst matching the physicality), but they will be looking for a victory over Japan.


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