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๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ Match Thread

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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!

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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

Here come the anthems, and voices are raised once again. Everything on the line for both teams tonight. It's going to be emotional.

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Ben O'Keefe officiating, youngest ref here. Let's see how he fares in this important match. And we're off!

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Holy egg chasing madness Massive drama in the first two minutes. Scrappy kickoff leads to a penalty. Leads to a charge down and break from ping-ponging us from one end of the field to the other.

The crowd is getting behind every ounce of action.

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Finn Russell around the back of the maul and he's over for the first points of the day. Laidlaw converts. 0-7

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Cracking first ten minutes with plenty of action. showing every sign they are going to throw their bodies on the line tonight.

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Penalty Japan as Scotland get overly penalised for not wrapping a tackle. Little bit harsh IMO. Wind is in the face of Tamura but Japan wants a few points here to settle the nerves so he lines up the kick. Unfortunately, not enough legs on the ball.

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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. ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต 7-7 ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ

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๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿ‰ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ playing a lot of their cards up front, lots of dummy run, inside pass and shortside action but soaking most of it so far. Even stevens. Japan's front row might need some attention, Koo is off for Valu, Koo clutching his abdomen.

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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.

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Horie into contact and offloads to Labuschagne who finds Inagaki to ground it right under the posts. Tamura converts ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต 14-7 ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ

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Matsushima unafraid to go into contact and takes a massive couple of knocks, he's up but I can't believe that's not a HIA. Next up is TMO review of some head contact between Gray and Horie. Can't believe THAT's not HIA either. Everybody eager to play on.

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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.

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We can't seem to get the scrum right tonight, O'Keefe gives the free kick so call for another scrum...

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Oh boy. Another failed scrum and O'Keefe gives the penalty this time. not happy, asking questions and this following a 50/50 call on a knock-on from Russell.

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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. ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต 21-7 ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ

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๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿ‰ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ 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 '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.

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Blink and you miss it - Fukuoka gets ball from not-sure-where and he's off to the races. Japan are on fire. ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต 28-7๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ

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So far we are seeing dominant in possession, offload, pace, space... Passion is high but the precision, the recycling, the work rate, can't fault it. need to find some gaps in the armour to deny Japan possession.

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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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