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Finn Russell Rugby World Cup 2019 - Pool A - Japan v Scotland

Rugby Union – Rugby World Cup 2019 – Pool A – Japan v Scotland – International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan – October 13, 2019 Japan’s Kenki Fukuoka scores their fourth try REUTERS/Kevin Coombs


YOKOHAMA, Japan: Japan produced a scintillating display of attacking rugby then withheld a spirited Scotland fightback to triumph 28-21 on a memorable night in Yokohama and reach the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals for the first time on Sunday.

Wing Kenki Fukuoka led the way with two tries, while Kotaro Matsushima and Keita Inagaki also scored as the hosts held off a fierce second-half assault from a team they had lost against in all seven of their previous meetings.

When Japan beat South Africa four years ago – having won only one of their previous 24 World Cup matches – it was considered the greatest shock in rugby history. This time, having already beaten Ireland three weeks ago, it did not even feel like a real surprise.

They were faster, sharper, more inventive and, roared on by the vas

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