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First Half Match Stats #SCOvUSA #RWC2015 pic.twitter.com/JXoyzWtxyV— Ultimate Rugby (@ultimaterugby) September 27, 2015
First Half Match Stats #SCOvUSA #RWC2015 pic.twitter.com/JXoyzWtxyV
.@USARugby have never led a Tier 1 side at half-time & have never beaten @Scotlandteam, will they make history today? #SCOvUSA #RWC2015— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) September 27, 2015
.@USARugby have never led a Tier 1 side at half-time & have never beaten @Scotlandteam, will they make history today? #SCOvUSA #RWC2015
CONVERSION, SCOTLAND, LAIDLAW. 39-16. Laidlaw adds the final nail in the USA''s coffin. From the restart the ball comes out to Hodge, who boots the ball into touch when he hears the full-time hooter. That second half effort seals a superb win for the Scots who move to the top of Pool B. The USA gave their all and were competitive for large periods but they went off the boil after half-time and paid the price.
Scotland 39 USA 16
TRY, SCOTLAND, WEIR! 37-16. Once again Scotland's forwards draw in their counterparts with several pick-up-and-goes before they go out wide with their backs. The ball comes out to Duncan Weir who shrugs off a defender before crashing over!
The USA take the ball through the phases inside Scotland's half but this too comes to nothing when Zach Fenoglio knocks on in contact.
Kelly takes on the defence and beats several defenders before Hogg halts his progress with a fine tackle inside Scotland's 22! The ball is recycled quickly but, once again, Kilifi knocks on with the tryline begging!
The USA go on the drive from the line-out and Oli Kilifi has a crack at Scotland's tryline but knocks on!
Scotland are pinged for offside play on defence. MacGinty kicks for touch and puts the ball out on Scotland's five-metre line.
CONVERSION, SCOTLAND, LAIDLAW. 32-16. Laidlaw adds the extras and Scotland are in control of proceedings now.
TRY, SCOTLAND, SCOTT! 30-16. Scotland's forwards take the ball through numerous phases, inside the USA's 22 but then take it out to their backs where Matt Scott waltzes past three defenders before crashing over for his side's bonus-point try!
Scotland attack deep inside the USA's 22 but they are met by a wall of defenders. Hogg is eventually penalised for playing the ball from an offside position and Wyles brings some relief for the Eagles with a kick into touch close to the halfway line.
Fry is pinged for going off his feet at a ruck. Greig Laidlaw is on for Pyrgos and takes over the captaincy. He puts the ball out close to the USA's corner flag.
Scotland go on the drive from a lineout on the Eagles' 22-metre line. They make little headway, however and are soon force to go out wide with their backs.
CONVERSION, SCOTLAND, RUSSELL. 25-16. Another two-pointer from Russell means Scotland have a nine-point lead now.
TRY, SCOTLAND, NEL! 23-16. Scotland's forwards rumble it up close to the USA's tryline but Strauss is stopped just short. From the ensuing ruck WP Nel gathers and powers over from close quarters!
Swinson does well when he charges down a kick from Petri deep inside the Eagles' 22! Scotland regather and Strauss has a dash for the line but is tackled into touch at the corner flag by MacGinty.
PENALTY, USA, MACGINTY. 18-16. MacGinty gets the USA's first points of the half after Strauss is pinged for a ruck infringement.
CONVERSION, SCOTLAND, RUSSELL. 18-13. Russell extends his side's lead as he adds the easy extras.
TRY, SCOTLAND, MAITLAND! 16-13. Scotland's forwards, once again, lay the groundwork before the ball goes out wide to their backs. Russell attacks the gainline and throws an inside pass to Maitland who scores under the posts!
Scotland attack close to the halfway mark and are soon close to the USA's 10-metre line when Visser and Russell exchange passes! It all comes to nothing though as Russell knocks on after a tackle from behind by Ngwenya.
TRY, SCOTLAND, VISSER! 11-13. Scotland attack with their forwards in midfield with Tim Swinson and Josh Strauss prominent ball carriers. They then strike out wide and Hogg joins the line at pace before offloading to Visser who scores in the left-hand corner!
Russell gets the second half underway! His kick is gathered by Samu Manoa, who goes to ground on the edge of his 22.
PENALTY, USA, MACGINTY. 6-13. MacGinty lands another three-pointer from the kicking tee after Ryan Grant is penalised for straying offside on defence deep inside his 22. That's the final act of the half and the two sides head into the sheds for a deserved break. The USA have their tails up after an impressive opening half. The match is still in the balance though and Scotland will have to pull up their socks if they want to win this one.
Scotland 6 USA 13
Scotland win a turnover, close to their 10-metre line and attack out wide. They soon create an overlap but Mark Bennett knocks on a fairly simple offload from Horne close to the halfway line.
Peter Horne gets up groggily after copping a huge hit from Ngwenya! Horne certainly felt that!
Russell lines up another place-kick, after Blaine Sculley is pinged for being in front of Wyles who kicked the ball ahead. The kick is off target, however.
Scotland try to attack from the back of a scrum. The ball comes out to Russell but he gets man and ball as Kelly meets him head-on with a text-book tackle!
The Eagles take the ball through a couple of phases with their forwards before striking out wide. The ball reaches Takudzwa Ngwenya but he makes little headway as Maitland brings him to ground with a solid hit close to the USA's 10-metre line.
Hogg sets off on a mazy run and beats several defenders! he is soon on the edge of the USA's 22 but throws a shocking pass to Tim Visser who knocks on!
The USA attack from just outside their 22 and are soon close to Scotland's 22 after a brilliant break from Seamus Kelly! He is eventually brought to ground by Sean Maitland.
CONVERSION, USA, MACGINTY. 6-10. MacGinty adds the extras to extend the Eagles' lead.
TRY, USA, LAMOSITELE! 6-8. The USA attack from the line-out and after taking the ball through several phases, inside Scotland's 22, Titi Lamositele barges over from close quarters!
Ryan Grant is penalised for holding on to the ball on the ground. MacGinty kicks for touch and puts the ball out on Scotland's 22-metre line.
The USA are pinged again when several playes go offside on defence. Hogg lines up another shot at goal, from just inside the USA's half but this time he has the distance but not the direction.
PENALTY, SCOTLAND, RUSSELL. 6-3. Finn Russell puts Scotland in front for the first time, with a well-struck place-kick, after several USA defenders stary offisde on defence.
Chris Wyles launches a bomb which Hogg gathers close to the halfway line where he is tackled into touch by Al McFarland.
Henry Pyrgos is pinged for going off his feet at a ruck just inside the USA's half. MacGinty puts the kick out close to Scotland's 22.
Scotland have the put-in at a scrum on the USA's 22-metre line but the Eagles absolutely monster them at the set-piece! The USA gain possession but MacGinty knocks on a pass from Mike Petri.
PENALTY, SCOTLAND, HOGG! 3-3. Stuart Hogg slots a penalty from about 48 metres out after Titi Lamositele is pinged fro dropping his bind at a scrum.
Scotland launch a drive at a line-out inside the USA's 22 but Alasdair Strokosch is penalised for obstruction. MacGinty brings relief for the Eagles with a kick into touch close to the halfway mark.
PENALTY, USA, MACGINTY. 0-3. MacGinty opens the scoring from the kicking tee after Jon Welsh is pinged for offside play on defence.
AJ MacGinty gets us underway! His kick is high and Scotland's forwards fail to gather. Eric Fry dives onto the loose ball and the USA are on the attack just outside Scotland's 22.
Hello and welcome to our live broadcast of this Pool B Rugby World Cup match between Scotland and the USA from Elland Road in Leeds. Scotland are keen to secure a win as that will mean they move above South Africa at the top of the pool. Meanwhile, the USA are desperate for victory as they are the only team in the pool without a win.
Scotland back-row John Hardie has been ruled out of this clash after being named in the original squad as the starting openside flanker. Hardie is battling with a head knock and his place in the starting XV is taken by Ryan Wilson. To accommodate Wilson?s inclusion and retain cover for the forwards, hooker Fraser Brown will now take the number 20 shirt as back-row replacement, with Ross Ford starting. Kevin Bryce comes into the matchday squad to take the replacement hooker role vacated by Ford. Ryan Grant, Jon Welsh, Richie Gray, Josh Strauss, Henry Pyrgos, Peter Horne and Sean Maitland, who started on the bench during Scotland's Pool B win against Japan on Wednesday, have been promoted to the starting XV Pyrgos named as the captain.
USA head coach Mike Tolkin has made just one change to his starting XV after last weekend's loss to Samoa. The only alteration sees Phil Thiel's elevated to the run-on side at hooker at the expense of Zach Fenoglio who drops down to the bench.
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