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Record breaker Hogg leads scrappy Scots to 29-20 victory over Japan

EDINBURGH, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Captain Stuart Hogg turned Scotland’s report check attempt scorer as he led his aspect to a nervous 29-20 victory over courageous Japan of their autumn collection conflict at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Fullback Hogg moved previous Tony Stanger and Ian Smith on the high of the all-time record as he bagged his twenty fifth attempt, whereas Scotland additionally scored via wings Duhan van der Merwe and Darcy Graham, and substitute hooker Stuart McInally.

Japan sometimes tried to run the ball at each alternative and made quite a few visits to Scotland’s 22, although the house aspect slowed the ball down every time to halt their momentum. They scored a attempt via free ahead Tevita Tatafu to go along with 5 penalties for Rikiya Matsuda.

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Scotland will probably be sad with the efficiency however made it three wins from their 4 autumn collection matches after victories over Tongo and Australia, to go along with a defeat to world champions South Africa, whereas for Japan it was simply their sixth check since they hosted the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

“For me there is no better feeling than playing for Scotland, I am still living the dream and loving it. To be part of this group is very special and we will never take it for granted,” record-breaker Hogg told Amazon Prime.

“We have yet to get the full 80 minutes performance, but we will learn from this and move on. We’ve got some big tests coming up in the Six Nations.”

After Van der Merwe had burrowed over from a pick-and-go early on, Japan seized the momentum and have been the higher aspect for the following 20 minutes.

The dwelling aspect lastly managed to construct some phases and after they did, Hogg was in a position to glide via a spot and dot down for his report rating because the hosts led 19-6 at halftime.

Prop Jamie Bhatti paid the worth for a workforce warning for Scotland for slowing the ball down in their very own 22 as Japan added two extra penalties initially of the second interval, however the momentum modified once more.

Scotland’s ahead energy was an excessive amount of for the guests and after they arrange an attacking line-out 5 metres from the Japanese line, that they had little bother in mauling over via McInally, who had solely been on the pitch a matter of seconds.

But the guests hit again with their solely rating as Tatafu collected the ball from an attacking line-out and powered over. When Matsuda added one other penalty, the hole was simply six factors.

Japan saved the tempo excessive within the remaining 10 minutes as they pushed for a shock win, however Scotland made certain of their victory after they earned a penalty that was transformed by Finn Russell.

“From the first minute the battle went both ways, both teams played good rugby and it was a really enjoyable match. I am really proud of the way we played today,” Japan captain Pieter Labuschagne stated.

“They (Scotland) defended really well, they did give away a few penalties, but it was attacking rugby both ways and we enjoyed the battle.”

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Reporting by Nick Said; Editing by Hugh Lawson

Rugby Union - Autumn International - Scotland v Japan - BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain - November 20, 2021 General view during a line out Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes

Rugby Union - Autumn International - Scotland v Japan - BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain - November 20, 2021 Scotland's Stuart Hogg celebrates scoring their second try Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes

Rugby Union - Autumn International - Scotland v Japan - BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain - November 20, 2021 Scotland's Stuart Hogg in action Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes

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