Despite 14 changes to their starting lineup, Scotland raced to the bonus-point victory they needed to keep their Rugby World Cup hopes alive.
Joe Schmidt's side claimed a bonus-point win to fix some of the damage done by their loss to Japan last time out.
Samoa marked their first match at Japan 2019 with victory, but it was two high tackles in the first half by the Samoans that was the major talking point.
Any thought that the tournament's first foray into Asia wouldn't be embraced by the people of Japan was blown away on opening night.
Winger Kotaro Matsushima scored a hat-trick as Japan overcame a severe case of opening-night nerves to give the host nation a winning start to the Rugby World Cup.
|5||United States of America||4||-104||0|
- RUSS20thTries Scored 1st South Africa : 27 Tries ScoredSA1st127
- RUSS18thPoints Difference 1st South Africa : 149 Points DifferenceSA1st-141149