Despite a 34-16 defeat at the hands of South Africa at St James' Park, the Scots will have another bite of the cherry to reach the quarter-finals when they face the Samoans in Newcastle.

Scots boosted by duo fitness

Scots boosted by duo fitness

Hogg was taken off injured towards the end of the game against the Boks but the SRU have confirmed the player "suffered cramp to his legs and lower back" and is "not considered an immediate concern"

Fellow Glasgow Warriors star Russell missed Saturday's game altogether with an ankle injury he picked up against the USA at Elland Road last month.

However the playmaker has been responding well to treatment and has been tipped to feature against the Pacific Islanders.

Meanwhile, hooker Ross Ford and centre Matt Scott will now follow the graduated return-to-play protocols after picking up head knocks in the brutal encounter with South Africa.