The consequence was much-needed for Gregor Townsend’s facet, which was lackluster in its opening defeat by Eire eight days in the past.
However a potent attacking show, that was capped off with a late fourth attempt to safe a bonus level, ensured that this pool will go right down to the wire.
Two penalty tries — the second of which noticed Samoa’s Ed Fidow despatched off for choosing up a second yellow card — and one strive every for Sean Maitland and Greig Laidlaw ensured a snug Scottish win.
“Traditionally we have at all times had actually powerful video games in opposition to Samoa so I used to be actually happy with the efficiency and actually happy with how we began,” Scotland captain Stuart McInally advised ITV. “It was nice to get the win at present.
“A large due to all of the Scottish followers who’re right here at present and everybody who’s supporting us again residence as properly and sticking with us after final week.”
Who goes by from Group A?
It took Scotland half an hour in Kobe to register its first strive of the 2019 World Cup, however after that scores got here thick and quick.
Maitland touched down first after gathering a pinpoint cross-field kick from Finn Russell, and Laidlaw’s conversion, coupled with an earlier penalty from the scrumhalf, gave Scotland a 10-point lead.
Laidlaw was quickly on the rating sheet once more when he got rid of a sort out to go over close to the posts after Scotland started a flowing transfer inside its personal half.
An aesthetic, long-range drop objective from Stuart Hogg added additional salt to Samoa’s wounds earlier than the stroke of halftime as Scotland piled on 17 factors in 10 minutes.
Scotland pushed onerous for a bonus level all through the second interval and was rewarded with a penalty strive on 57 minutes when Fidow prevented Fraser Brown going over from a driving maul.
Fidow was despatched to the sin bin and was once more penalized when his unlawful sort out utilizing solely his knees prevented the diving Maitland from grabbing Scotland’s fourth. After reviewing the incident, the referee awarded Scotland a second penalty attempt to Fidow was despatched off for his second yellow.
The consequence means Japan leads Pool A on 9 factors, forward of Eire on six and Scotland and Samoa who each have 5.
Japan, Eire, and Scotland are all anticipated to beat bottom-placed Russia, whereas Japan and Eire are favorites to win in opposition to Samoa.
If these video games play out to kind, then Scotland wants a victory over Japan to face an opportunity of reaching the quarterfinals. Whichever group finishes second will probably play reigning champion New Zealand with the highest facet dealing with South Africa.
“We have been all delighted to get that bonus level,” stated head coach Townsend.
“It means we’re nonetheless on this World Cup. Now we have two video games to go and if we play like we did tonight and may enhance a pair extra facets, we’ll very a lot be on this World Cup.”
As for Samoa, the result’s a disappointment following a gap 34-9 victory over Russia. The Pacific Islanders turned the primary facet to fail to attain some extent in a sport this event, whereas poor self-discipline additionally continued to be an issue.
Samoa performed at present with out heart Rey Lee-Lo and hooker Motu Matu’u who each have been handed three-match bans for harmful tackles in opposition to Russia. Fidow’s two yellow playing cards in opposition to Scotland all however extinguished hopes of a comeback in Kobe, that means probabilities of progressing out the group relaxation on victories in opposition to Japan and Eire.