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Scotland vs Japan LIVE: Latest rugby score and updates from 2021 Autumn internationals

Follow all the latest updates from Twickenham as Eddie Jones’ side aim for revenge against the world champion Springboks

Harry Latham-Coyle
Sunday 21 November 2021 09:08
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Scotland Rugby want to 'smash' Test against Japan

Captain Stuart Hogg thrilled another capacity crowd at BT Murrayfield as he became Scotland’s leading try-scorer of all time in a 29-20 win over spirited Japan

The Exeter full-back had moved level with Iain Smith and Tony Stanger on 24 tries for the national team when he scored a double against South Africa last weekend, and his first-half touchdown against the Brave Blossoms took him clear on his own on a day when he also became the Scots’ fourth most capped player.

The victory means Gregor Townsend’s side have won three out of four Tests in their Autumn Nations Series and ended a largely progressive 2021 on a high note.

Follow live analysis and reaction from Twickenham and updates from England against South Africa:

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Scotland 26-20 Japan, 74 minutes

Forward pass! It’s more excellent play in possession from Japan, largely off the pass of replacement scrum-half Naoto Saito and punching close-in holes. But a slight delay in Saito’s pass means when he throws it flat at the line, he is doing so to a teammate over-running the ball - the pass tumbles forward. Scottish scrum.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 14:39
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Scotland 26-20 Japan, 73 minutes

Too much adventure! Japan are going to keep on dancing deep in their own half but there is little need for Yu Tamura’s blind back-of-the-hand offload, and it spills from his teammates hands as the intended recipient is understandably caught off guard.

Japan defend strongly, though, and attack an under-resourced Scottish ruck after Stuart Hogg is felled, Lappies Labuschagne driving mightily through the centre of it and winning Japan the ball back.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 14:38
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PENALTY! Scotland 26-20 JAPAN (Rikiya Matsuda penalty, 72 minutes)

Japan move to within six. A nervy finish for the Murrayfield fans.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 14:36
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Scotland 26-17 Japan, 70 minutes

A switch play as Japan quickly change the point of attack, but a loose pass hits the turf and Kotaro Matsushima won’t get the chance to dance in space.

Back for a penalty they will go, though, with a chance to push for goal and move to within a score. They will do that after some changes - Naoto Saito replaces Yutaka Nagare, who has had an efficient day at scrum-half, while there is a Scotland debut for Dylan Richardson, who has comic-book muscles. The back-rower, a star for South Africa’s Under-20s, makes his first appearance for his new nation in the back row as Rikiya Matsuda calls for the tee...

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 14:35
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Scotland 26-17 Japan, 69 minutes

Excellent from Japan! The imposing figure of Tevita Tatafu brushes aside Blair Kinghorn and a nice flicked pass puts a teammate into space down the left.

Dylan Riley keeps the momentum going with a half-break and Lappies Labuschagne carries firmly. Japan building very ominously as they reach the Scotland 22.

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Scotland 26-17 Japan, 68 minutes

Duhan van der Merwe impolitely asks another Japanese tackler to vacate his premises with another of those fierce friends, and Scotland attack well. Pierre Schoeman, on permanently now, is well tackled, though, and Chris Harris even more forcefully so in the next phase, and Scotland spill the ball!

Scottish hands just about get around a bobbling ball after Japan kick ahead.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 14:32
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Scotland 26-17 Japan, 66 minutes

Japan could have done with that but there is plenty of life left in Jamie Joseph’s team. As they have done all game they are prepared to play phases in their own territory but eventually they will kick the ball clear, another sliced effort from Matsuda perhaps not aiding their cause. Scotland lineout 35 metres or so out.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 14:30
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TRY! Scotland 26-17 JAPAN (Tevita Tatafu try, 65 minutes)

Lineout ball just about won and Tevita Tatafu is over! Scott Cummings nearly nicks the Japanese throw but Jack Cornelsen manages to wrestle it back, and Tatafu bursts out of the gather bodies to trample his way to the line...

Hang on - the TMO is checking how Cornelsen gathered that ball...Is that a knock-on? I’m not sure it is! This will stand. Stuart Berry confirms as much from his truck, Brendon Pickerill permits Rikiya Matsuda to take the conversion...

Matsuda may wish he didn’t! That’s his second properly nasty kick of the afternoon. It skews right of the posts.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 14:29
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Scotland 26-12 Japan, 63 minutes

Sharp from Japan. From a midfield scrum they play two passes and then produce a brilliant 50:22. Japan lineout five metres out - that was a delightful kick.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 14:26
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Scotland 26-12 Japan, 62 minutes

Knocked on with the line in sight! Scotland had built momentum well but a slightly loose carry from Scott Cummings and a decent shot to his ribs means a spilled ball, and Japan scrum feed.

Time for some more changes - Keita Inagaki is introduced on the Japanese loosehead, George Horne at scrum-half for Scotland, and there are changes in both back rows: Matt Fagerson replaces Jamie Ritchie and Michael Leitch trudges off as the rather large Tevita Tatafu stomps on. Ritchie and Leitch share an embrace before they settle down to their watching brief for the last 20 minutes.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 14:23

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