Rugby World Cup: Scotland’s hopes remain in the balance after Ireland return to winning ways against Russia

Scotland’s Rugby World Cup hopes remain in the balance after Pool A rivals Ireland returned to winning ways by comprehensively beating Russia 35-0 on Wednesday.

Ireland, who fell to a shock defeat to World Cup hosts Japan on Saturday, scored five tries as they secured a vital bonus-point win.

Scores from Rob Kearney, Peter O’Mahony, Rhys Ruddock, Andrew Conway and Garry Ringrose ensured Ireland returned to the top of Pool A, which remains wide open thanks to Japan’s win over the Irish in Shizuoka.

The win leaves Joe Schmidt’s side are two points ahead of Japan and six points ahead of Scotland after three games, although both Scotland and Japan have a game in hand. Japan play Samoa on Saturday while Scotland face Russia on Wednesday.

“We are delighted to get a good win and back on the horse and we got the bonus point which was what we were looking for,” Ireland fly-half Jonny Sexton said afterwards.

“They are a well organised team and made it difficult for us at times. The ball was very slippy and there is lots to work on but we are onto the next one against Samoa.”

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