🇯🇵 🏴 #JPNvSCO Match Thread
Please keep all scores in CW in case people are planning on watching replay later.
This is the big one! Possibly one of Scotland's biggest games in quite some time. McInally has been relegated to the bench, and both back rows are going to be interesting to watch.
This is of course Japan's biggest game too, this game can secure passage to the knockout phase for the first time.
Settle in for a dust-up!
Pool A is up for grabs, the build up has been ridiculous, the tension is palpable and we couldn't ask for a more exciting finish to the pool phase of the tournament.
The home crowd is on fire, huge noise which is hushed for a minute's silence to pay respect to the victims of #hagibis
Here come the anthems, and voices are raised once again. Everything on the line for both teams tonight. It's going to be emotional.
Ben O'Keefe officiating, youngest ref here. Let's see how he fares in this important match. And we're off!
Finn Russell around the back of the maul and he's over for the first points of the day. Laidlaw converts. 0-7
Absolutely genius offload gets Matsushima in space and he's over for the first Brave Blossoms points today. The crowd appears to have rather enjoyed the move. Conversion shaves the posts on the good side. 🇯🇵 7-7 🏴
Japan's ability to play ball in hand, recycle, and hold back from kicking is phenomenal. Scotland's line speed is holding most of it, but it's frenetic stuff to watch. And these offloads are inspiring.
Tremendous energy on and off the pitch. 30 minutes gone, fitness will be a big player in this match. Crowd loving every second of it.
Good grief the speed and offload capability of this Japan team is impressive. Lafaele grubs it and Fukuoka snatches it up, dancing around Hogg for try number three. Tamura cleans up the two. 🇯🇵 21-7 🏴
🇯🇵 🏉 🏴 #JPNvSCO Match Thread:
Half-time and we've seen a blistering first 40, it would be easy to point to the stats and make some judgements, but let's not forget #Scotland's second half at Twickers this year.
Whichever way the next half goes, you can be sure you'll be on the edge of your seat.
Blink and you miss it - Fukuoka gets ball from not-sure-where and he's off to the races. Japan are on fire. 🇯🇵 28-7🏴
Scotland on the front foot now, phases pushing them deep in Japanese territory. Some kind of SAS combat roll from Jamie Ritchie heading into contact.
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