Rugby World Cup: Scotland keep quarter-final hopes alive with win over Tonga

Scotland have got their Rugby World Cup campaign back on track with a bonus-point 45-17 victory over Tonga in their clash at Nice to keep their quarter-final hopes alive in Pool B.

The win may have come at a cost, with captain Jamie Ritchie forced off in the first half, after a blow to the head in a tackle from Tongan winger Afusipa Taumoepeau, who was perhaps fortunate to see the colour of his card remain yellow.

Wingers Duhan van der Merwe and Kyle Steyn each crossed for tries, along with George Turner, Rory Darge, George Horne, Blair Kinghorn and Darcy Graham, as Scotland used the width of the field and space left by some poor Tonga defending.

The Pacific Islanders put in huge hits in the tackle, but also showed they have an enterprising attack at times, and managed tries through Solomone Kata and giant prop Ben Tameifuna.

No.8 Vaea Fifita was the second Tongan player to receive a bunker yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Finn Russell with three minutes remaining.


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