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Rugby World Cup – Japan win epic test to top Pool A

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Kotaro Matsushima of Japan during the Rugby World Warm up match between Japan and South Africa at the Rugby Stadium,Saitama prefecture, Kumagaya, Friday 6th September 2019 (Mandatory Byline -Steve Haag Sports Hollywoodbets)

It was one of those epic test matches you wish for and only comes along once or maybe twice in a lifetime when Japan beat Scotland 28-21.

Japan was all over Scotland although Scotland scored first in the game. It was all Japan that just blew Scotland off the field in that first half.

Scotland did manage to come back but the lead Japan build up in that first half was just too much.

It was Scotland with all the pressure early on playing in the right side of the field and putting huge pressure on Japan line.

It was Finn Russell that found space after the forwards drew in the defence to score for Scotland and take an early 7-0 lead in the match.

The match was played with speed from both sides with Japan that had the better of ball in hand but the Scottish defending well.

But some brilliant offload and hands saw Kotaro Matsushima scoring the first try for the host nations to make it 7-7 after 20 minutes.

Japan kept the ball in hand as they kept Scotland pinned in their own half starting to break the defence for the Scottish.

It was a sure pleasure to watch the skills and class of Japan as they scored their second try through Keita Inagaki after some brilliant hand to hand passing from the host.

This gave them the lead for the first time of the match 14-7 after 29 minutes.

Japan was keeping the pressure on Scotland and playing in the right side of the field which made it easy to keep the lead and get more opportunities to score points.

It was a frantic start to the second half for the host and with pressure on defence they turned the ball over in the tackle and Kenki Fukuoka ran all the way for his second try of the match.

This gave the Japanese a 28-7 lead.

Scotland started to keep ball in hand and kept it with their big men to send WP Nel over for their second try.

This gave them a slight hope still in the match trailing by 28-14 after 50 minutes.

Scotland kept pressing the Japanese on attack and they took not long to get another try this time from Zander Fagerson to reduce the lead to just 7.

With both sides throwing all they have in the game it was frantic stuff with no inch given or taken in the final quarter of the match.

Scotland threw the kitchen sink and and everything they can at Japan but some luck and brilliant defence saw them hold on to the 7 point lead and take another historic win, the first over Scotland.

This allowed them for the first time in the quarter final and they will face the Springboks.

The moment history was made…

Scorers:

Japan: Tries –  Kotaro Matsushima, Keita Inagaki, Kenki Fukuoka(2) Conversions – Yu Tamura(4)

Scotland: Tries – Finn Russell, WP Nel, Zander Fagerson Conversions – Greig Laidlaw(2), Finn Russell

What was said after the game…

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