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Japan turn in another brave performance against Scotland

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Japan briefly threatened to cause a further upset in the Rugby World Cup, but ultimately Scotland's class told as they ran out 45-10 victors at Kingsholm.

It was the Brave Blossoms' second game in only five days and, despite coach Eddie Jones' claims that they were the fittest side, Japan looked tired in the second half as they conceded a number of tries.

The first half was a tight affair as Scotland briefly trailed 7-6 following a try from Amanaki Mafi. Four Greg Laidlaw penalties, however, ensured that the Scots led 12-7 at half time.


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Strong second half from Scotland

Japan attacked from the off in the second half, but Scotland scored quickly through John Hardie after a left wing break by Stuart Hogg.

Japan pushed forward again, but Scotland hit them on the counter-attack as Mark Bennett scored twice and Tommy Seymour scored a long-range interception try which got Scotland a bonus point.

Finn Russell finished things off with a try with six minutes to go and, although the Brave Blossoms attacked once more in the closing minutes, the score remained 45-10 at the close.

Pool B gets tighter

Japan, Scotland and Samoa all have one victory in Pool B now, with Scotland leading by the bonus point they achieved today. South Africa trail on two points.

If, however, South Africa win their remaining games (including one against Scotland at St. James's Park), then it is likely that two or three teams will finish the group on an equal number of victories. In that case, the final standings will be decided by bonus points, making Scotland's four tries today all the more important.

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