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    Scotland 39-16 USA

    A great day to be a Scotland rugby fan. Again. The Scots have been impressive in their opening two matches, albeit against opponents they were expected to beat. The match report of that 39-16 win is available for you to read. 

    Meanwhile, our attention turns to Wembley where Ireland are preparing to take on Romania. Mike Henson is ready to guide you through the match - click here to join him. 

    Thanks, as always, for joining us. Congratulations, Scotland. Bye for now. 

  2. Scots in top form

    Scotland 39-16 USA

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    Scotland 39-16 USA

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: Credit to the USA because they were magnificent in the first half. But Scotland came out of the sheds in the second half and were superb.
  4. Scotland 39-16 USA

    The Pool B table makes for fine reading for Scotland fans. They're top of the pile, three points ahead of two-time champions South Africa. 

    Pool B
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    Scotland 39-16 USA

    Former Scotland outside-half Craig Chalmers has his say...

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    Scotland 39-16 USA

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: I think Finn Russell has been a revelation since coming in to the Scotland setup. He is getting better and better. He is not scared to make mistakes. He has all the qualities and has the opportunity to become one of the best fly-halves in World Cup.
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    Scotland 39-16 USA

    Will Finn Russell be fit to face the Springboks on Saturday? The outside-half has developed into a key player for the Scots and Vern Cotton will be hoping his man recovers from that knock to his ankle in time to face South Africa for that top-of-the-table clash. 

  8. Scotland 39-16 USA

    Despite the 23-point gap, the stats point towards a remarkably close game, in which Scotland just shaded possession but did enjoy much the better territory. Those barnstorming 15 minutes after the break taking the steam out of the Americans. 

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    Scotland 39-16

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    Five tries for the Scots, who were 13-6 adrift at half-time. The replacements the difference between an iffy first half and a confident second half. 

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    Scotland 39-16 USA

    And that's our lot. Referee Chris Pollock brings a try-fest of a match to an end and it ended up being a thumping win for the Scots. 

  11. Post update

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: This has been a sublime second-half performance for Scotland. Weir epitomises it with such aggression. He goes through one of the biggest men on the field. It is a reward for some superb work in this half from the forwards.
  12. Converted try - Weir; Laidlaw con

    Scotland 39-16 USA

    Richie Gray and Josh Strauss make minor breakthroughs, which Matt Scott tries to take advantage of but he's knocked back. There's no stopping Duncan Weir from 3m out, though, as the replacement holds off one would-be tackler to touch down. 

    Greig Laidlaw with the easiest of conversions and if feels like eons ago that the USA were once leading this match. 

    Duncan Weir
  13. Scotland 32-16 USA

    Scotland's Alasdair Strokosch has had a busy afternoon, crunching his way to 14 tackles. Remarkably, despite the scoreline the United States still top the metres made charts - and Scotland the tackles made charts.

    Mistakes destroying USA's hopes of a stirring finish, though. Zachary Fenoglio knocking on, gifting Scotland possession in these closing stages. 

    Alasdair Strokosch
  14. Scotland 32-16 USA

    Team-mates gather around WP Nel to slap him on the back thanks to his thigh-slappingly good work in the scrum to earn a penalty for his team. The Scots surviving a period of sustained USA pressure. Five minutes remaining...

  15. Post update

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: America are getting very tired now after working so hard. You have to admire the way they have played. I thought for all the world they were going to get another try.
    Tim Swinson
  16. Scotland 32-16 USA

    USA camped in Scotland's 22 in these last five minutes. The line-out - despite malfunctioning five times - is solid for now. Knowing a penalty is coming their way, Seamus Kelly goes through the gap... Advantage still with the Americans, so is the ball... until Olive Kilifi botches a simple gather. 

  17. Scotland 32-16 USA

    We mentioned earlier that the USA gave away a whopping 15 penalties against Samoa last week, and already they've given away 10 again today.

    That means, across the 150 minutes of World Cup action they've been involved in so far, they've infringed on average once every six minutes.

  18. Scotland 32-16 USA

    USA with a chance to bolster the line-out stats in their favour as AJ MacGinty boots them into the Scottish corner. One successful line-out ticked off. 

    Scotland penalised. USA opt for touch. Another successful line-out and the white shirts have fire in the bellies... tryline looming... Replacement forward Olive Kilifi held up... Referee spots an American shirt straying. Scotland with the put-in at the scrum, 5m from their own line. 

  19. Scotland 32-16 USA

    The United States, who lost four line-outs against Samoa a week ago, have lost a further five out of eight against Scotland today. The set-piece really not working too well for the Americans.

    Al McFarland
  20. Post update

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: Matt Scott was on fire last week at Gloucester and he showed superb awareness of where a gap might be. He burst through two weak tackles. He hit it with a lot of pace and reached over. Fantastic bonus point.
  21. Converted try - Scott; Laidlaw con

    Scotland 32-16 USA

    This drive a tad more difficult for the USA to stop, legally or illegally, Greig Laidlaw barking orders at the ruck and it's Matt Scott who gallops and side-steps at a brilliant angle and touches down.Laidlaw successful with the straightforward conversion in front of the posts. 

    Matt Scott
  22. Scotland 25-16 USA

    "Scotland! Scotland!" is the chorus reverberating around Elland Road as they watch their men prepare for another attacking line-out 5m from the USA tryline. 

    The attempted drive brought down illegally by Al McFarland,says referee Chris Pollock. "You're giving too many penalties away," warns the referee. 

    Scotland opt for another attacking line-out.  

    Mark Bennett
  23. Scotland 25-16 USA

    Finn Russell needs assistance to leave the field and the outside-half's ankle injury could be a worry ahead of next weekend's smash hit clash with South Africa. 

  24. Post update

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: That was tremendous defence from the USA. They were tight, organised and disciplined and kept their composure.
  25. Scotland 15-16 USA

    Scotland going through the phases... Richie Gray attempting to bully his way through to the tryline, but he's stopped in full flight... the ball finds Stuart Hogg, the full-back juggles before fumbling. 

    The referee's whistle toots once more, Scotland offside, USA with a pressure-relieving touchfinder. 

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  27. Scotland 25-16 USA

    Finn Russell on the floor, hurting his ankle while trying to charge down AJ MacGinty kick behind the posts. Play continues nevertheless. Scotland with the line-out, and American prop Eric Fry is penalised. 

    The posts or touch? Touch. Hopefully Chris Robshaw isn't watching, it'll bring back bad memories. 

    Finn Russell
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    Sean Maitland
  29. Scotland 25-16 USA

    Scotland have pulled nine points clear in this second half but still there's nothing in the attacking stats. The United States lead the metres made column 304-299 and the carries 85-83.

    The Scots have, however, beaten more defenders and made more clean breaks.

    Finn Russell with a momentum-changing well-placed kick into USA's territory and Scotland's forwards breathing fire again. 

    Finn Russell
  30. Scotland 25-16 USA

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: I think both Nel and Dickinson have added a lot of energy to this Scotland pack. That was tremendous play. Scotland have worked very hard and lifted their game.
  31. Converted try - Nel; Laidlaw con

    Scotland 25-16 USA

    The Scottish forwards earning their crust in this second half. Forward they rumble from the line-out, and it's replacement prop WP Nel who reaches out to the base of the post. 

    Replacement Greig Laidlaw converts. Scotland's bench have changed the momentum of this match. 

    Willem Nel
  32. Scotland 18-16 USA

    A brilliant chase from the Scots on the re-start. Tim Swinson charging down replacement scrum-half Shalom Suniula... Josh Strauss nearly over, but he falls short. But it'll be a Scotland line-out 5m from the opposition's line. 

  33. Post update

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: This is the first time US have been in Scotland's half this half. To concede a penalty and give US a chance to add to their score is naive. The pace of this game and the crowd have lifted this game since the break.
    AJ MacGinty
  34. Penalty - MacGinty

    Scotland 18-16 USA

    Josh Strauss handling on the deck. Easy to spot a man with a Father Christmas-style beard.  AJ MacGinty in front of the posts. Three points. The Americans two points adrift. 

  35. Post update

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: I have to say, I have no idea what Vern Cotter said at half-time but Scotland have come out energised. It is a different team. A wonderful strong run from Russell, who attacked the opposition and fed inside for Maitland. Fantastic start to the second half from Scotland.
  36. Converted try - Maitland; Russell con

    Scotland 18-13 USA

    Scotland eager to run with the ball, they've upped the tempo and look the more likely to score. The forwards take them into the USA 22 and it's the backs who do the damage, Sean Maitland strolling over unchallenged and touching down behind the posts. Finn Russell with an easy conversion.

    Sean Maitland
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    Stuart Hogg
  38. Scotland 11-13 USA

    USA up quickly in defence, but Tim Visser cuts through down the wing... an excitable roar inside Elland Road... but the winger throws hopefully inside and it's a man in white which picks it up. Scotland on the up, though. 

  39. Post update

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: After that opening salvo you wonder what we were panicking about. It was simple and clinical. It was a wonderful offload and Josh Strauss took it on. For once they found space. A good start indeed and it has lifted the Scottish crowd.
  40. Try - Visser; missed con

    Scotland 11-13 USA

    Quick line-out ball for the Scots in the American half, which puts the men in blue on the front foot.  Finn Russell orchestrating nicely, forwards punching holes, and this time the Scots finish the move, from Stuart Hogg to Tim Visser in the corner. A 10th international try for the winger. Russell wide with the difficult conversion. 

    Tim Visser
  41. Kick-off

    Scotland 6-13 USA

    Stuart Hogg bouncing the ball on the halfway line before booting it into enemy lines. We're up and running. What a final 40 minutes this could be. 

  42. Scotland 6-13 USA

    There have indeed been some incredible beards at the Rugby World Cup, Sir Clive, a selection of which you can enjoy by clicking here.

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  44. Scotland 6-13 USA

    USA were bossing the breakdown towards the end of that half, winning five turnovers. Scotland had started so promisingly but someone flicked the switch for the Americans and they were firing for the final 15 minutes. 

    Scotland v USA
  45. Scotland's star man

    Scotland 6-13 USA

    Full-back Stuart Hogg has been Scotland's star man in attack in the first half, topping every attacking stat apart from carries, but his misplaced pass with the line at his mercy could yet prove crucial.

    Stuart Hogg
  46. 'USA winning the battle'

    Scotland 6-13 USA

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: USA are controlling everything from the start of the game. They are winning the battle at this stage. Scotland have too few opportunities in attack. The US are worthy of their lead. The crowd are getting behind them. They will take a leaf out of Japan's book. All these sides have competent rugby players and are well up for this. Scotland cannot afford to be indisciplined.
    Seamus Kelly
  47. Scotland 6-13 USA

    Having been slightly on the back foot for the first 20 minutes, the United States end the half having enjoyed more possession. So in the ascendancy were the USA, Chris Pollock's halftime whistle came to Scotland's rescue. 

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  49. Penalty - MacGinty

    Scotland 6-13 USA

     Oof Hayden Smith loses the ball in contact. Bringing a wonderful phase of play to a disappointing conclusion - 15 phases as they battled their way towards the tryline inch by inch. 

    But the Scots were offside. AJ MacGinty in front of the posts. Easy peasy. Three points to end a fabulously entertaining half.

    AJ MacGinty
  50. Post update

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: I have to say that was wonderful rugby. For any neutral, they will be really impressed with the way the USA forwards have torn into Scotland. You wonder if it will take its toll in the second half?
  51. Scotland 6-10 USA

    There's not been much in this first half at all, the United States edging the metres made 210-187 but Scotland having made more carries (47-40).

    USA have panache when they run with the ball, the underdogs not lacking in pluck or adventure. They're into the Scottish 22. Cries of "USA!" reverberating around Elland Road. 

  52. Scotland 6-10 USA

    Scotland add width to the ball, but run out of turn. It isn't quite going the Scots' way in these last 10 minutes. They're huffing and puffing - but the USA's bone-crunching tackles are preventing them from blowing anything down, or even getting into the opposition 22. 

  53. Post update

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: That was poor play from Peter Horne. He had acres of time to play the ball. You sense that Scotland are rattled. They are losing the forward battle and getting smashed in defence.
    Eric Fry
  54. Scotland 6-10 USA

    What. A. Hit. Wing Takudzwa Ngwenya  smashes into Peter Horne and the centre, as will the rest of his backline, will need some orthopedic attention such is the ferocity of the Americans' tackling. 

  55. Missed penalty - Russell

    Scotland 6-10 USA

    Whenever Scotland threaten to break USA's defensive line, a player in white steps up to wallop an opposite number. Finn Russell, though, with a chance to add points from the tee but he balloons it well wide. Scottish fans groan in unison. 

  56. Post update

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: I think Scotland need to keep calm. It is obvious that America would have good passages of play. Scotland need to be patient. Maybe get a penalty kick and get the scoreboard ticking in their favour.
    Grant Gilchrist
  57. Scotland 6-10 USA

    A chance for both sides to breathe before Henry Pyrgos puts in at the scrum. Number eight Josh Strauss emerges with the ball, the backline ready to move - but Finn Russell is horozontalised by Seamus Kelly and the outside-half can't get the ball away. 

    Nevermind. Referee Chris Pollock has spotted a USA player offending and Scotland have put-in at the scrum inside their own half. 

  58. Post update

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC radio 5 live

    Quote Message: Oh my word. He did everything right but gave a woeful pass. He tried to smash it at him and it was a foot too low. And after doing all the hard work.
  59. Scotland 6-10 USA

    What a wonderfully exciting match. Stuart Hogg with the footwork of a salsa dancer, a shuffle of the hips on a magical burst which has the USA defence floundering. Tim Visser is his support man, all he has to do is gather the ball and a try beckons - but the winger fails to gather. Oh my word. What a miss. The tryline was at his mercy.

    Stuart Hogg
  60. Scotland 6-10 USA

    Scotland have had the better of the possession, the better of the territory, but the United States lead thanks to Titi Lamositele's try.

    The Scots are ahead for every attacking stat other than the 'tries for' column.

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  61. Scotland 6-10 USA

    USA oozing confidence. Seamus Kelly Brian O'Driscoll-like in midfield, changing pace and beating men on a coruscating run into Scottish territory. Scotland alert at the breakdown, though, and danger is averted. For now. End-to-end stuff...

  62. Post update

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: Tremendous play. It was a great line-out. They moved the ball back inside and there were a couple of missed tackles. The USA burrowed over. In a funny way, it was reminiscent of how Japan scored the other day. It was a very well-worked try. Scotland need to get more of the ball.
    Al McFarland
  63. Scotland 6-10 USA

    United States rely upon captain Chris Wyles quite heavily in attack, and already he has made more metres (34) and carries (three) than any other player on the pitch.

    Scotland have dominated the possession stats though, having seen 67% of the ball.

    Sean Maitland
  64. Converted try - Lamositele; MacGinty con

    Scotland 6-10 USA

    What winning your own line-out can do. USA secure ball near the Scottish 22, the forwards punch holes through the Scottish defence... Phillip Thiel with a bulldozing run. Richie Gray holds him off but it would need 30 men to stop prop Titi Lamositele from wriggling under a mass of bodies. 

    AJ MacGinty's conversion kisses the uprights but falls the right way. Two points. What a surprise this score is. 

    USA try
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  66. Missed penalty - Hogg

    Scotland 6-3 USA

    A penalty on the halfway line for the Scots and this is Stuart Hogg territory, but the full-back scoops his gargantuan effort wide. 

    Grant Gilchrist wincing, though, and that's the end of the lock's participation in this match. He hobbles off. A blow for Scotland. 

  67. Scotland 6-3 USA

    USA win a line-out! Normally, that wouldn't deserve an exclamation mark but it's their first successful take on their own throw. Scotland, eventually, still manage to nick possession. The Scottish team's star on the rise. 

  68. Post update

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: Good play by Scotland. It is the first time that they have strung together the phases. The more open this game is, the more it will favour Scotland.
    Mark Bennett
  69. Penalty - Russell

    Scotland 6-3 USA

    USA caught in an offside trap. This penalty is in front of the posts, a gimme, so outside-half Finn Russell takes responsibility and adds the three points. 

    Finn Russell
  70. Scotland 3-3 USA

    Ryan Grant gleefully collects another dodgy USA line-out throw and charges through white-shirted bodies... Scotland going through the phases... Mark Bennett with a cute swerve, sprinting into USA's 22..

    Scotland knocking at the door, threatening to kick it down. 

  71. Scotland 3-3 USA

    The United States conceded 15 penalties during their opening defeat by Samoa, five of which were kicked for goal.

    The States, whose lead today was wiped out by that Stuart Hogg three-pointer, lost the game by nine points.

    Here, they're contesting in the contact area - but struggling on their own line-out. Another wonky throw gifting Scotland put-in in the scrum in their own half. 

  72. Post update

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: It was a quick penalty take by Scotland but everything went at half-pace after that. There weren't enough numbers. The US will be pretty pleased with their start. If they can get the throws straight from the line-out they will be more than a handful.
    Grant Gilchrist
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  74. Scotland 3-3 USA

    Magnificent from USA's forwards, stealing possession from a Scottish put-in at the scrum. The men in dark blue fall like a pack of cards. Another put-in for the Scots, though, but Vern Cotton's men penalised for early engagement. Not the finest five minutes for Scotland's forwards. 

  75. Scotland 3-3 USA

    Stuart Hogg supreme under the high ball and gives his team the platform to run from deep, but Mark Bennett's chip ahead bobbles into touch, dimming the crowd's din and ending a promising Scotland move. 

  76. Penalty - Hogg

    Scotland 3-3 USA

    Applause from scrum-half Henry Pyrgos for his forwards as USA fold in the scrum. A pat on the bum for number eight Josh Strauss, too. 

    Stuart Hogg to test his radar near the halfway line and the full-back has more than enough juice on that crackerjack of an effort. 

  77. Scotland 0-3 USA

    Henry Pyrgos charging down at AJ MacGinty and the American outside-half only just gets his kick away. Scotland offside again, though, as Scotland attempt to set up a drive from the line-out. Back-rower Alasdair Strokosch the guilty party and USA can breathe a little easier. 

  78. Penalty - MacGinty

    Scotland 0-3 USA

    USA, in a white kit with navy and red trim, confidently bossing the breakdown and prop Ryan Grant is caught offside, which gives AJ MacGinty an early eye at the posts. 

    He boots it high, but it's accurate and has the distance.

    AJ MacGinty
  79. Scotland 0-0 USA

    Countdown begins: five, four, three, two, one... Spit to whistle from referee Chris Pollock and we're underway. 

  80. National anthems

    Scotland v USA (14:30 BST)

    Heartfelt singing of Flower of Scotland... eyes closed, chins out... a wonderful sound which is unfamiliar on such a field. Has the Stars and Stripes ever rung out around Elland Road? It is now. Hands on hearts from the USA team. USA followers outsung by the Scots purely because of numbers, but not lacking in passion. 

  81. Five minutes to go

    Scotland v USA (14:30 BST)

    The bagpipers managed to sneak their musical instruments into Elland Road despite the ban on spectators taking bagpipes into Rugby World Cup venues. 

    The teams walking through the corridors of Elland Road, awaiting instruction to puff their chests and stride out onto the pitch. Under five minutes until kick-off. 

    A Scottish pipe band
  82. 'USA will be a force'

    Scotland v USA (14:30 BST)

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: I was out in California at a rugby event recently. Once rugby becomes more mainstream in the USA, watch out the rest of the world. I predict in eight years' time the USA will be a force to be reckoned with.
    A young USA fan
  83. Dressed to impress

    Scotland v USA (14:30 BST)

    "Have they got the American flag in the gift shop? 

    "And a Stars and Stripes hat? 

    "And an Uncle Sam hat? 

    "And starry sunglasses? 

    "And an Hawaiian-style Lei? 

    "Get them all. Ever single one of them. Buy the shop."

    USA fans
  84. USA team news

    Scotland v USA (14:30 BST)

    The men representing  the Stars and Stripes may be unfamiliar to many, but they're a settled side. The United States make only one personnel change from the side that lost their opening match 25-16 to Samoa as hooker Phil Thiel replaces Zach Fenoglio.

    Saracens' Chris Wyles captains the side and switches to full-back after a stint on the wing.

    Coach Mike Tolkin said: "Fenoglio's logged a lot of minutes as starter and Thiel is a little fresher."

    USA team news
  85. 'Take it to the USA'

    Scotland v USA (14:30 BST)

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: My hope is that we see some fantastic rugby. Italy played Canada here yesterday and it was a great game of rugby. Vern Cotter has done the right thing in promoting some players. It is good for the well-being of the squad. Now they need to take the game to the USA. My worry is that USA get off to a good start and put Scotland under pressure.
  86. The American dream

    Scotland v USA (14:30 BST)

    Scotland have won all four of their matches against the USA, all by 20-plus points, so Vern Cotter's men are favourites this afternoon. But that hasn't stopped the American fans from dreaming big. 

    USA fans dressed as the Statue of Liberty
  87. Scotland team news

    Scotland v USA (14:30 BST)

    You want to know about the teams? Ah, right. Here you go... Scotland have had just a four-day turnaround since winning their opening match 45-10 against Japan in Gloucester, and so coach Vern Cotter has made nine changes.

    Cotter's plans have been somewhat muddied as back-rower John Hardie, who was originally set to keep his place, was ruled out with a head knock.

    Ryan Wilson, who was to have dropped to the bench, now retains his place, with Fraser Brown stepping down to start among the replacements, as he did against Japan. The other seven replacements against Japan all start today. 

    Winger Tim Visser and flanker Alasdair Strokosch, who were not involved at all on Wednesday, also start.

    Scotland team
  88. Ford's unusual practice session

    Scotland v USA (14:30 BST)

    An unusual scene at Elland Road as Scotland hooker Ross Ford throws to members of the crowd at the front of the stands, making sure his line-out is tip top. 

    Both teams on a sun-drenched pitch, warming up before battle commences at 14:30 BST. 

    Ross Ford
  89. Scotland v USA (14:30 BST)

    Scotland burst Japan's balloon on Wednesday with an impressive five-try victory. Can they beat the USA and regain top spot in Pool B, putting themselves in pole position for qualification? 

    Elland Road resplendent, cloudless blue skies, sunshine - an Indian summer for a fascinating tournament.