George Horne scored a hat-trick of tries as Scotland seized the bonus-point win they required in style against Russia with a clinical display.
The win set them up for a tilt at reaching the Rugby World Cup 2019 quarter-finals in their final pool match against host nation Japan on Sunday.
An energetic first half produced two tries from Player of the Match Adam Hastings, who scored 26 points overall, and one from scrum-half Horne, pictured, to give Gregor Townsend’s side a commanding 21-0 lead at half-time.
The crucial fourth try arrived five minutes after the resumption and Scotland went on to add five more, boosting their points difference in the process.
As things stand, Scotland can guarantee their progress to a likely quarter-final against New Zealand by beating Japan in Yokohama - Typhonn Hagibis permitting - with a four-try bonus point and denying the hosts any bonus points. But a victory by more than seven points – assuming Japan do not score more than four tries in defeat – may yet suffice.
The Scots will not know the exact scale of their task until after Ireland have played Samoa on Saturday. If Ireland were to win but not claim a bonus point, there is a possibility that three teams could finish on 15 points, in which case it would come down to overall points difference rather than head-to-head records, as each side would have beaten one of the other two.
Given that potential scenario, Scotland took the opportunity to bolster their points difference.