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

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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.

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TRY! SCOTLAND 12-6 Japan (Stuart Hogg try, 28 minutes)

Stuart Hogg is over and that is the record score! The Scotland captain becomes his country’s all-time leading men’s try scorer!

Unsurprisingly it comes from the pass of Finn Russell, drawing two to him with a carry close to the line and then fizzing a nice pass to Hogg on an unders line, the full-back just fading on the ball to take it into a gap and grinning as he dots the ball down.

25 tries for Hogg to take the record outright - Russell adds two more from the tee.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 13:32
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Scotland 5-6 Japan, 27 minutes

Where’s Stuart Hogg going? The Scotland captain scythes through a great chasm in a chasing Japanese line and bursts between the bodies into the visitors’ backfield. Quick ball and on Scotland go, making more metres up the middle as Japan struggle to reset.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 13:29
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PENALTY! Scotland 5-6 JAPAN (Rikiya Matsuda penalty, 25 minutes)

A cleaner stroke over the top of the tee from Rikiya Matsuda and Japan are into a not underserved lead.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 13:28
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Scotland 5-3 Japan, 24 minutes

Wing against prop and that isn’t going to end well for Scotland! Kotaro Matsushima picks out Zander Fagerson toiling in the open pasture and runs right around the tighthead, Fagerson chugging along in vain to try and stay with Matsushima but in the end not within sniffing distance.

Matushima nearly dances past the last defender but Stuart Hogg gets enough of an arm to his thigh to slow the Clermont Auvergne flyer, but Scotland are again penalised for a tackler rolling away incorrectly as Japan look to build an attack. For a third time the tee is called for - this is the simplest of the lot.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 13:27
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Scotland 5-3 Japan, 23 minutes

A touch harsh? George Turner’s throw drifts ever so slightly off-line but there is no room for error in the minds of the officials - the slanted throw took it out of leaping Japanese hands and it will be a scrum to the visitors.

The set-piece is stable and Japan thread a diagonal grubber inside the Scotland 22.

Scotland play quickly! Plenty of adventure in this first half from both sides but the hosts do eventually clear.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 13:25
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Scotland 5-3 Japan, 22 minutes

Japan attack from a lineout on the right and pass the ball along the line, a little short of accuracy but still able to get it to the edge even as Chris Harris gives Kotaro Matsushima a healthy tonking.

Siosaia Fifita busts out of one tackle but then finds another offload fail to find safe inside hands. Indeed, the wing was in touch, anyway - Scotland lineout.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 13:24
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Scotland 5-3 Japan, 19 minutes

Outstanding covering defence from Rikiya Matsuda! Scotland drive well and draw in the Japan defence, the home side playing away at the right time and plenty of options presenting themselves. Sam Johnson feigns a carry and dabs a lovely little grubber though for Chris Harris to chase, and but for some superb scooting across to gather it ahead of the centre from Matsuda, Harris would have scored beneath the posts. Sharp work from the fly-half, who then allows his side to clear with more fleet footwork.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 13:22
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Scotland 5-3 Japan, 18 minutes

Statement at the scrum! Scotland struggled a touch last week but Jamie Bhatti, making his first Scotland start since August 2019, gets a nudge on Asaeli Ai Valu and draws the penalty from Brendon Pickerill. Scotland back inside the Japan 22 with Finn Russell’s banana-style touch-finder.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 13:21
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Scotland 5-3 Japan, 16 minutes

That’s a delicious pass! Scotland kick the 22 dropout long and Japan bring it back, playing to width down the left once more. Shogo Nakano produces a majestic fizzed miss ball out to Siosaia Fifita as he is clattered by a tackler, Fifita charging on and getting a nifty offload inside as he is driven out.

Unfortunately, a knock-on from captain Lappies Labuschagne ends a promising attacking movement. Some pass from the very talented Nakano, though.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 13:20
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Missed Penalty! Scotland 5-3 Japan (15 minutes)

That’s not particularly pleasant. Like a sliced five-iron approach, this starts online but very quickly skews right in the ugly flight of a wounded duck. Matsuda slaps his hands in frustration. Not one of his better kicks at goal.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 November 2021 13:18

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