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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Japan run out of gas as Scotland punish

Scotland 45 Japan 10

Japan's centre Male Sau (C) is tackled during the Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Scotland and Japan
Japan's centre Male Sau (C) is tackled during the Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Scotland and Japan

Japan head coach Eddie Jones admitted Scotland were just too good for his side as they failed to repeat their World Cup giant-killing act.

The Brave Blossoms lit up the tournament on Saturday as they stunned South Africa in Brighton.

But two games in the space of five days proved a step too far for the Japanese as the Scots made the most of their tiring legs to run in five second-half tries and claimed a vital bonus point with their 45-10 success in Gloucester.

However, Japan performed with enough verve and style in the first half to briefly take the lead through Amanaki Mafi's opening touch down - leaving the Dark Blues fearing they were about to suffer the same humiliation dished out to the Springboks.

Jones said: "At half-time I thought we had a realistic chance of winning the game. They got into our 22 and they scored at least two tries off our turnovers. When we got into their 22 we were not clinical enough.

"I thought they played really well. They were too good for us."

Ahead of the match, Jones promised his side would run Scotland "off their feet".

But there was no evidence of that as Mark Bennett grabbed a double on top of scores from John Hardie, Tommy Seymour and Finn Russell in a devastating 40-minute show.

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