Japan 28-21 Scotland: Gregor Townsend’s side out of Rugby World Cup

Japan’s win was their first in eight Tests in opposition to Scotland
2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A: Japan v Scotland
Japan: (21) 28
Tries: Matsushima, Inagaki, Fukuoka (2) Con: Tamura (4)
Scotland: (7) 21
Tries: Russell, Nel, Fagerson Con: Laidlaw (2), Russell

Scotland crashed out of the Rugby World Cup on the pool stage for under the second time after being crushed by an irrepressible Japan in Yokohama.

Gregor Townsend’s side wanted 4 extra factors than their hosts however, regardless of main by Finn Russell’s attempt to mounting a comeback, they fell brief.

Kotaro Matsushima, Keita Inagaki and Kenki Fukuoka all crossed earlier than half-time earlier than the latter blasted over once more to safe Japan’s first ever quarter-final – in opposition to South Africa in Tokyo on Sunday.

Scotland, pressured to go for broke in a febrile contest that had been unsure till round 03:00 BST as a result of of the consequences of Typhoon Hagibis, scored by WP Nel and Zander Fagerson after the break.

But that second-half rally was not sufficient to stop a primary defeat by the hands of Japan in eight Tests.

The outcome additionally means Ireland end runners-up in Pool A and can face New Zealand within the final eight in Tokyo on Saturday.

More to comply with.

Japan: Tupou; Matsushima; Lafaele, Nakamura; Fukuoka; Tamura; Nagare; Inagaki, Horie, Koo; Thompson, Moore; Leitch, Labuschagne, Himeno.

Replacements: Sakate, Nakajima, Ai Valu, Helu, Tui, Tanaka, Matsuda, Yamanaka

Scotland: Hogg; Seymour, Harris, Johnson, Graham, Russell, Laidlaw; Dell, Brown, Nel, Gilchrist, Gray, Bradbury, Ritchie, Thomson.

Replacements: McInally, Reid, Fagerson, Cummings, Wilson, G Horne, P Horne, Kinghorn.

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