WATCH: Scotland come out from under their safety blankets to blitz United States in second half 4 years ago

WATCH: Scotland come out from under their safety blankets to blitz United States in second half

The home of Newcastle United will stage a rare top of the table clash on Saturday.

Pool B leaders Scotland will go into their pivotal meeting with South Africa on the back of a superb second half performance against the United States.

Vern Cotter's men really needed it after a dire opening period, which saw them trail 13-6 at the break. You suspect the heat blankets were utilised in the Elland Park dressing rooms to protect the Scottish players from the roasting their Kiwi coach must have doled out.

 

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To avoid having the rug pulled from under them, the Scots needed to cancel out Titi Lamositele's 20th minute try.

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They went about doing so ruthlessly. Tim Visser, Sean Maitland, Willem Nel, Matt Scott and Duncan Weir all running in tries as Scotland won 39-16 - thus denying the Americans the biggest scalp in their World Cup history.

Two wins over Japan and a victory over Russia remain the extent of their achievements but the first half performance of the team marshalled by former Blackrock student AJ MacGinty suggest there is a big result in this team.