Finn Russell Rugby World Cup 2019: Scotland knocked out after being stunned by hosts Japan in Yokohama thriller

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Japan lifted the roof off their own World Cup as they made it four wins out of four to top Pool A and sent Scotland home before the knockout stages.

World Rugby were desperate to see a so-called Tier 2 nation in the quarter-finals and they have got one now. And who better than the hosts?

If wingers Kotaro Matsushima and Kenki Fukuoka ever have to buy a drink again in Tokyo there really is something wrong with the world. The pair scored three tries between them with Fukuoka getting two of them.

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Those three scores, plus one from Keita Inagaki, took the wind out of the Scottish sails with 43 minutes gone before a belated Scottish comeback.

Scotland can have no complaints though, they were beaten by the better team, and can go home to lick their wounds, and they will have plenty of them.

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Gregor Townsend’s men were sniffing a draw, having been 28-7 down just after the break but at the death Japan turned the ball over and once it was booted into touch a crowd of 67,666 went gloriously bonkers.

Some of the Japanese offloading, particularly in the first half, would have had the world purring if it had been displayed by the All Blacks. But this lot can play and when the heat came on the Scots were not to up. 

The tragic events of Saturday Typhoon Hagibis did its worst and claimed the lives of more than 15 people in the Tokyo area Japan were in need of a lift.

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