CM – Scotland 29-20 Japan: Stuart Hogg becomes Scotland’s top scorer in defeating Japan



Van Der Merwe (6), Hogg (28), Graham (40), McInally (57)

Russell (30.40.58)

Russell (79)


Tatafu (65)

Matsuda (9,26,44,47,72)

Scotland vs JapanInternational
1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 20th

BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh

Captain Stuart Hogg became Scotland’s all-time leading scorer when he led his team to a nervous 29:20 win over brave Japan in the Autumn Nations Series clash in Murrayfield.

Full-back Hogg pulled on Tony Stanger and Ian Smith passed the top of the all-time list when he scored his 25th attempt while Scotland also scored through wings Duhan van der Merwe and Darcy Graham as well as substitute hooker Stuart McInally.

Japan usually tried on everyone Opportunity to play the ball and visited Scotland’s 22nd regularly, although the home side slowed the ball down each time to stop their momentum. They scored an attempt by loose striker Tevita Tatafu, with five penalties for Rikiya Matsuda.

Scotland will be dissatisfied with the performance but after beating Tongo and Australia they have three wins and one loss to world champions in their four autumn games South Africa retracted.

The Scots got off to a positive start when Van der Merwe picked up the ball after a rolling hit and pushed into the left corner.

Japan scored their first points of the game in the 11th minute when Matsuda one Close-range penalty shot after Scotland was penalized for illegally using their hands in a jerk.

The hosts consistently missed too many penalties and let go in the 15th minute when Matsuda tortured his kicks from an acute angle shot past the post after Chris Harris hadn’t rolled away after a tackle.

The Scots weren’t so lucky in the 26th minute when they couldn’t roll away again, and Matsuda made no mistake when he shot his penalty from a central position between the sticks and gave the Brave Blossoms the lead.

A minute later, however, Hogg took a pass from Russell and shot over the line, smacking in for joy the air before touching down on his record attempt. Russell did the honors with the conversion.

In the final action of the first half, the Scots were on the scoreboard again when Graham received a pass from Russell on the right and penetrated two Japanese defenders before he scored over the line . Russell converted to give the hosts a confident 19-6 lead at half-time.

The second half started badly for Scotland when Jamie Bhatti, who made his first start in more than two years, made 42. Minute was sent to the sin box because it did not roll away. Matsuda successfully shot his penalty in front of the post.

Japan further reduced their deficit in the 46th minute when Matsuda scored his fourth penalty of the afternoon after Scotland was sidelined.

Scotland held their ground in 54. Minute again when McInally, who had just come on to replace George Turner, pushed his way through a lineout on the left. Russell abandoned the conversion.

Japan wasn’t finished, however, and Tatafu brought them back on with their first attempt at the game in the 64th minute after the Scots had no line-up. Matsuda, from a great position to the right of the sticks, slashed his conversion attempt wide.

Eight minutes later, Matsuda was given another penalty chance from an almost identical position and this time he made no mistake and beat Japan in a converted attempt Victory.

However, Scottish nerves were calmed in the 79th minute when Russell pocketed a penalty to seal the win against a Japanese team that had ended their World Cup dream just over two years earlier.

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