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
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:



Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 13:46

TRY! SCOTLAND 19-6 Japan (Darcy Graham try, 40 minutes)

A fine set-piece move and Darcy Graham ducks over! It’s a sharply executed play from Scotland, Finn Russell making curiously untroubled progress as he arcs out of the back of the first receiver, who hits him with a good pull-back pass.

Russell draws the men on the end of the line and gives it to Graham in space, who may be short of stature but has the right kind of compact power to beat a defender carving back inside and then duck beneath two more. He’s buried, but the ball is down - Scotland get their third try, and Russell makes it a seven-pointer with a tough conversion.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 13:45

Scotland 12-6 Japan, 39 minutes

That’s some rather interesting footwork from Finn Russell, like a celebrity jiving in the early weeks of Strictly Come Dancing with strange flicks and an eventually ok kick through, which Japan knock-on. Good attacking platform for Scotland as we near the end of the half, a scrum on the edge of the 22 ,15 metres in.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 13:43

Scotland 12-6 Japan, 37 minutes

Japan bring the ball back with interest again as Scotland clear long and again they look dangerous when they do. Siosaia Fifita needs three to bring him down but Sam Johnson is canny with a quick (but clear) release, immediately busying himself over the ball and forcing two Japanese players to drive in at the side in an attempt to displace him. Penalty to Scotland.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 13:41

Scotland 12-6 Japan, 36 minutes

Nearly for the Brave Blossoms - there is space for Siosaia Fifita on the left wing if they are able to get it there but Stuart Hogg makes an outstanding defensive read and perfectly timed hit, forcing the final pass to evade Fifita’s hands as it is flung forward from the hands. A vital intervention from the Scotland captain.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 13:40

Scotland 12-6 Japan, 35 minutes

Get off of me! That’s properly authoritative from Duhan van der Merwe, choke-slamming Ryohei Yamanaka as the full-back goes too high in his tackle attempt. That’s a proper hand-off...

It’s the best moment of Scotland’s attempt to clear, though - they make a hash of getting the ball away and Japan will have the ball inside the Scottish 22.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 13:39

Scotland 12-6 Japan, 33 minutes

It’s another good kick from Scotland and George Turner this time hits his jumper on the edge of the Japan 22.

Scotland give their backs a chance to work something stylish, but it’s not quite right, bodies moving in imperfect motion with Darcy Graham ahead of Finn Russell as the fly-half flicks the inside pass, which is correctly ruled forward. Labuschagne gives him a rather forceful landing with a firm driving tackle before the whistle blows, too. Japan scrum.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 13:37

Scotland 12-6 Japan, 31 minutes

Stable ball, and Japan are penalised at the ruck. Lappies Labuschagne fails to fully release having tackled Sam Johnson and the Japan captain raises a hand of apology to his teammates.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 13:35

Scotland 12-6 Japan, 30 minutes

Again a Scottish throw goes awry, Japan able to gather this time and attack on. They make decent metres in the space at the back of the lineout but are again inaccurate with their handling as they begin to sniff a chance of more points five metres from the Scottish 22. Ali Price will feed another scrum.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 13:34

Scotland 12-6 Japan, 29 minutes

Ali Price produces a very good box kick soon after the restart and forces Japan to fumble into touch. There’s a bit of concern over Darcy Graham as he tumbles slightly awkwardly, but the winger is soon back amongst things for the Scotland lineout.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 13:33

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