Hat-trick: Allister Hogg celebrates one of his three tries against Romania

EDINBURGH, 18 September - Flanker Allister Hogg bagged a hat-trick of tries in Scotland's 42-0 victory over Romania in their Pool C match at Murrayfield on Tuesday night.

The Scots earned a bonus point on home turf in their six-tries-to-none win to remain undefeated in their pool, with matches against New Zealand and Italy to come.

Full back Rory Lamont was another standout for Scotland, scoring a brace of tries to add to his double in the team's 56-10 win over Portugal last week. He is the joint top try-scorer in the tournament alongside Bryan Habana and Chris Latham.

Wing Chris Paterson opened Scotland's account in the second minute with a try from his own kick before Hogg crossed 15 minutes later.

Paterson's radar boot has helped Scotland convert all 14 of their tries in the tournament - the only team with a 100 per cent record.

Romania were able to repel Scotland's attack for a large chunk of the first half before Lamont scored out wide as the home side went to the break leading 21-0.

Hogg scored another two tries early in the second half, the most impressive coming in the 46th minute when number 8 Simon Taylor flicked a clever ball to scrum half Mike Blair, who flew down the wing before off-loading to Hogg.

Lamont grabbed his double in the 72nd minute with a long-range try to ensure Romania, who lost 24-18 to Italy, were kept scoreless.

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