Finn Russell Scotland knocked out of Rugby World Cup by resilient Japanese as Wales ease to win

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Scotland are out of the Rugby World Cup.Credit: PA

Scotland withstood both a typhoon and an earthquake on the eve of their win-or-bust showdown with Japan but found themselves blown out of the World Cup as the super-charged hosts claimed a 28-21 win in Yokohama.

Gregor Townsend’s men needed an eight-point triumph to book a quarter-final slot and it looked promising when Finn Russell put them ahead early.

But the Brave Blossoms hit back with a series of ceaseless attacks as they repeatedly crashed through the Dark Blues to secure top spot in Pool A and a rematch with their 2015 victims South Africa in Tokyo next Sunday.

Kenki Fukuoka grabbed a double, while star winger Kotaro Matsushima scored his fifth of the tournament – but it was prop Keita Inagaki who finished off a stunning move that will be hard to beat for try of the tournament.

Scotland refused to go down without a fight but second-half scores from forwards WP Nel and Zander Fagerson were not enough to prevent the Scots suffering their second pool exit in three tournaments.

Scotland players look dejected after defeat.Credit: PA

The climax to the group stage at Yokohama’s International Stadium nearly did not take place as a magnitude 5.7 quake coincided with Super

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