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Scotland have a chance of last eight after hammering Russia in Rugby World Cup

Hat-trick: Horne celebrating yesterday PICTURE: GETTY

Scotland 61-0 Russia

SCOTLAND hammered Russia yesterday to claim a crucial bonus-point win that tees up a do-or-die showdown with tournament hosts Japan on Sunday.

Gregor Townsend’s team needed to take maximum points in Shizuoka, and they did just that thanks to a clinical nine-try demolition job.

George Horne became the first Scottish scrum-half to score a hat-trick after Adam Hastings put the Dark Blues ahead with a quick-fire early double.

George Turner, Tommy Seymour, John Barclay and Stuart McInally also scored. Scotland now need to beat Japan — if the match does not fall victim to Typhoon Hagibis — to reach the quarter-finals.

Townsend said: ‘It is a challenge and we know Japan have had a good rest — they have for all their games — but we’ve known that would be the case.’

Horne claims he was hard done by after being denied a record-equalling fourth try when referee Wayne Barnes ruled he was the beneficiary of a forward pass after consulting the TMO.

‘I’d need to look back at it but I think it was a bit harsh,’ he said.

‘When you put a spin on the ball it’s always going to look a bit forward but we got the job done so it’s not too bad.

‘That’s the first hat-trick I’ve scored since I was probably back at school. I haven’t scored one for Glasgow so it would be a few years ago since my last.’