Japan make Scots sweat
- 09 Nov 2013
Scotland had to work hard for their 42-17 victory against Japan at Murrayfield.
A brace of tries from Tommy Seymour, and scores from Greig Laidlaw, Al Dickinson and Sean Lamont cancelled out a double from the visitors' speedster, Kenki Fukuoka.
The Brave Blossoms imposed themselves well, with the quick ball they generated and the fleetness of their outside backs causing the Scots problems in defence.
They twice clawed themselves back to within a single point of the Scots, showing discipline and resilience to score a couple of excellent tries.
Scotland play the Springboks at Murrayfield next Saturday.
Scotland – Tries: Tommy Seymour (2), Greig Laidlaw, Al Dickinson, Duncan Weir, Sean Lamont. Conversions: Laidlaw (2), Weir. Penalties: Laidlaw (2).
Japan – Tries: Kenki Fukuoka (2). Conversions: Ayumu Goromaru (2). Penalty: Goromaru.
Scotland – 15 Sean Maitland, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Nick de Luca, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 David Denton, 7 Kelly Brown (c), 6 Al Strokosch, 5 Al Kellock, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Ryan Grant.
Subs: 16 Pat MacArthur, 17 Al Dickinson, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Richie Gray, 20 John Barclay, 21 Henry Prygos, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Duncan Taylor.
Japan – 15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Toshiaki Hirose (c), 13 Male Sau, 12 Craig Wing, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Kosei Ono, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Ryu Koliniasi Holani, 7 Michael Broadhurst, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Shinya Makabe, 4 Luke Thompson, 3 Kensuke Hatakeyama, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Masataka Mikami.
Subs: 16 Yusuke Aoki, 17 Yusuke Nagae, 18 Hiroshi Yamashita, 19 Hitoshi Ono, 20 Takashi Kikutani, 21 Atsushi Hiwasa, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Yoshikazu Fujita.
Photo: Ian MacNicol/AFP Photo
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