|Australia (40) 84|
|Try: Addo-Carr (4), Wighton (2), Crichton, Graham (3), Cleary, Tedesco, Hunt, Burton, Yeo Goals: Clear (12)|
|Scotland (0) 0|
Holders Australia beat desolate Scotland 84-0 in Coventry to confirm their place in the Rugby World Cup knockout stage with a dazzling 15-try victory.
Josh Addo-Carr starred, running in four magic tries with Campbell Graham also scoring a hat-trick.
Seven other Australians crossed in wet conditions.
After a devastating second loss, only a series of anomalous results will see winless Scotland qualify for the quarter-finals.
The Scots must hope Fiji beat Italy on Saturday before losing to Nathan Graham’s side in the final round of Group B matches next Saturday, with Italy also losing to Australia on the same day .
Scotland, quarter-finalists in 2013, would then count on the difference in points to reach the quarter-finals.
Australia’s place in the knockout stage will be confirmed on Saturday if Fiji fail to beat Italy.
Addo-Carr the star of ruthless Australia
Australia won their 14th consecutive World Cup victory, equaling their own record.
The 11-time world champions have always been overwhelming favorites against a Scottish side who were able to call on six Super League players and NRL’s Euan Aitken.
Mal Meninga’s side were ruthless, even looking like they had an outside chance to break the 110-4 record they set against Russia in the 2000 World Cup.
Early tries by Addo-Carr, Jack Wighton, Angus Crichton, Graham and Nathan Cleary set the standard for an electric display, with Scotland rarely going past the halfway line.
Addo-Carr then used his blistering pace to add his second before Wighton finished the first half score.
Just after the restart, James Tedesco passed as Ben Hunt crossed to put Australia 50-0 in the 43rd minute.
Addo-Carr completed his hat trick after 48 minutes with Graham and Matt Burton quickly adding scores.
Graham then completed his hat-trick in the closing stages with Isaah Yeo crossing before Addo-Carr’s fourth try, the last try of the game, relying on superb ball skills on the touchline from Burton.
Australia head coach Mal Meninga: “We knew there were improvements in us, especially around our executions and we excelled.
“I’m very happy with the performance. It’s still early days so we’re not going to get carried away but I can’t fault any of that. I thought we were very good.
“We came with a clear plan and we stuck to it. Our ball control in these conditions was fantastic.
Scotland head coach Nathan Graham: “We always came out with the intention of enjoying this tournament. A lot of our players work during the day, for these guys it’s a huge thing to be involved in.
“Fiji is another big ask for us, but we’ll do a body count – we’ve had illnesses in the camp – and hopefully we’ll be ready to go next week.”
Australia: Tedesco; Addo-Carr, Wighton, Burton, Graham; Munster, Cleary; Campbell-Gillard, Grant, Carrigan, Crichton, Martin, Yeo.
Trades : Hunt, Holmes, Trbojevic, Collins.
Scotland: Walker; Russell, Hellewell, Buchanan, Walmsley; Hayward, Gahan; Bayliss-Brow, Hood, Teanby, Aitken, Linnett, Bell.
Trades : Schneider, Bain, Graham, Ferguson.