RUGBY WORLD CUP POOL B: Scotland get over sluggish start to defeat United States

Scotland's Sean Maitland runs into score his sides second try of the game against Unitd States
Scotland's Sean Maitland runs into score his sides second try of the game against Unitd States

SCOTLAND 39 UNITED STATES 16

Scotland gave their quarter-final hopes another boost as they claimed a second successive bonus point with their 39-16 win over the United States in Leeds.

With South Africa back on form after beating Samoa on Saturday, Vern Cotter’s team knew they had to match the Springboks’ intensity as they faced up to the Eagles at Elland Road.

But the sloppy Scots looked shaky during an error-filled first half and Titi Lamositele’s 21-minute try allowed the States to claim a 13-6 half-time lead - the first time they had ever gone in at the break on top of a tier-one nation.

However, a score 90 seconds into the second period from Tim Visser settled the Dark Blues down and they ran in four more scores from Sean Maitland, WP Nel, Matt Scott and Duncan Weir to claim the extra point.

The Scots now top Pool B with 10 points, three ahead of the Springboks - who they face on Saturday in Newcastle.

Their joy was slightly tempered, however, by the sight of influential playmaker Finn Russell being carried off midway through the second half with an ankle injury.

It was exactly the sort of thing Cotter was hoping to avoid just four days after they had avoid an upset at the hands of Japan.