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Scotland thrash Japan, send message

2015-09-23 17:32
Sean Lamont (AP)

Cape Town - Scotland brought Japan's Rugby World Cup campaign back down to earth by defeating the tournament underdogs 45-10 at Kingsholm.

As it happened - Scotland v Japan

Japan kept their more fancied opponents in check for the first-half and scored the opening try of the match through No. 8 Amanaki Mafi in the 14th minute. This was after Greig Laidlaw had kicked two penalties to give Scotland an early lead.

A further two penalties from Laidlaw saw Scotland lead 12-7 at half-time. 

Japan cut the Scottish lead to just 2 points after Goromaru slotted a penalty early in the second-half and the crowd sensed another upset.

The loss of the inspirational Mafi five minutes after half-time through injury seemed to take the wind out of the Japanese sails. From then on in, Scotland were rampant, running in five tries without reply. 



Tries: John Hardie, Mark Bennett (2), Tommy Seymour, Finn Russel

Penalties: Greig Laidlaw (4)

Conversion: Laidlaw (4)


Try: Amanaki Mafi

Penalties: Ayumu Goromaru (1)

Conversions: Goromaru (1)



15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (captain), 8 David Denton, 7 John Hardie, 6 Ryan Wilson, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 William Nel, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Alasdair Dickinson

Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Ryan Grant, 18 Jon Welsh, 19 Richie Gray, 20 Josh Strauss, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Sean Maitland


15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Kotaro Matsushima, 13 Male Sa'u, 12 Yu Tamura, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Harumichi Tatekawa, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Michael Broadhurst, 6 Michael Leitch (captain), 5 Justin Ives, 4 Luke Thompson, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Keita Inagaki

Replacements: 16 Takeshi Kizu, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Kensuke Hatakeyama, 19 Shinya Makabe, 20 Shoji Ito, 21 Hendrik Tui, 22 Atsushi Hiwasa, 23 Karne Hesketh

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