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Summary

  1. FT: Japan 13-26 Scotland
  2. Scotland tries from Nel and a penalty try
  3. Laidlaw kicks 16 points

Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

Sayonara... until next Saturday

Japan 13-26 Scotland

We'll be back for the second and final round of this tour next Saturday, with the kick-off in Tokyo at the same time.

Once again, we'll have it covered on TV and online.

Thanks for your company today and make sure you join us next time.

Men of the match...

Japan 13-26 Scotland

So, who impressed for Scotland in a largely scruffy match? Captain Greig Laidlaw was his usual steady self, kicking with deadly accuracy and controlling the game from scrum-half. John Barclay was another stand-out, with some great defensive work, while Ryan Wilson had a big game at number eight.

Front row worries

Japan 13-26 Scotland

The teams meet again next Saturday in Tokyo.

Scotland have a small squad on this trip so there won't be too many changes. Al Dickinson was injured early on and must be a doubt, while WP Nel had a significant limp when he was replaced. Missing those two experienced brawlers would be a blow.

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw

On BBC Scotland

"It was a good win for us. We probably need to tighten up and be a bit more accurate, we let Japan off the hook a couple of times.

"Japan are improving all the time. It's the first game we have had for a long time and we will look to improve for next week as well."

Leaning too much on Laidlaw?

Japan 13-26 Scotland

Andy Nicol

Former Scotland international on BBC Two Scotland

"The only issue I have is a huge reliance on Grieg Laidlaw and his kicking. All the points scoring is coming through him. I'd like to see Vern Cotter have a bit more confidence in the squad and give Henry Pyrgos more game time because there's not much between them as scrum-halves."

'All about the win'

Japan 13-26 Scotland

Andy Nicol

Former Scotland international on BBC Two Scotland

"It was all about the win. It was an adequate performance but not maybe not as sharp and slick as we'd like. You have to remember a lot of these guys haven't played for five or six weeks and any win away from home against a team near us in the world rankings is good."

Full-time

Japan 13-26 Scotland

Scotland grind out the win, adding 10 points after the break. Lots of mistakes made the game interesting and a win is always positive.

Japan 13-26 Scotland

Tim Swinson and Peter Horne are on as Scotland hold firm and that might just be that for Japan as the crowd go quiet following some expert turnover work from John Barclay.

Japan 13-26 Scotland

There's a lot of heavy breathing going on from both sides as we near the finish on a sticky evening in Toyota City. 

A Japanese maul rumbles forward and Scotland regroup to thwart the danger. However, the hosts will come again...

Japan 13-26 Scotland

Greig Laidlaw spots that there is no one home for Japan and lumps a huge kick out of defence for Tommy Seymour to chase after. The Scotland winger wins the race comfortably but his touch with the boot is just too heavy and the ball bobbles through a very small try-zone and out of his reach.

Japan 13-26 Scotland

Japan are still moving the ball with great speed through the hands but Scotland stand firm and another turnover goes the way of the visitors.

Japan 13-26 Scotland

Space opens up for Japan as they steal the ball from a Scottish attack but loud groans from the crowd greet a wild pass from Shokei Ki to Harumichi Tatekawa.

Japan 13-26 Scotland

Dave Denton takes over from Ryan Wilson, who has put in a good shift, and Moray Low replaces WP Nel, who is limping heavily as he makes his way off.

Richie Gray
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Penalty

Japan 13-26 Scotland

Scotland yield just three points from that spell of intense pressure as Greig Laidlaw knocks over a simple penalty.

Japan 13-23 Scotland

Stout defending from Japan as John Hardie, then Stuart Hogg, are stopped inches from the all-important white line.

Japan 13-23 Scotland

A thrilling break from deep in his own half from Stuart Hogg sparks a Scottish attack, with John Hardie sprinting for the line only to be knocked into touch. A quick line-out and Duncan Taylor is stopped short. Scotland still camped near the line...

Penalty

Japan 13-23 Scotland

Lazy defending from Scotland as Rory Sutherland gifts Yu Tamura an easy three points from in front of the posts.

Damien Hoyland makes way for Sean Maitland.

Japan 10-23

A rare scrummage success story for Japan as the penalty goes the home side's way. Can they find a way back into this match and give their supporters something more to cheer?

Japan 10-23 Scotland

The growing pressure on Japan is relieved as a promising Scotland attack loses its shape and Jonny Gray is penalised for obstruction.

Japan 10-23 Scotland

Fraser Brown is on for Scotland hooker Stuart McInally as the Japanese are back up to a full complement of 15.

Full-back Stuart Hogg slaloms his way forward and looks certain to score, cutting in from the left wing, only to get a bump which loosens the ball from his grasp. 

Japan 10-23 Scotland

Japan are really struggling here as Scotland force a line-out on the 5m line, with two ganging up on one. A great chance is spurned though as Ryan Wilson and Stuart McInally operate on different wavelengths after Richie Gray gathers the ball in perfectly. 

Converted try

Japan 10-23 Scotland

Scotland go for the kill against the 13 men of Japan and prop WP Nel bundles his way past three challenges to touch the ball down.

Greig Laidlaw keeps up his 100% record with a fantastic conversion from a wide angle.

Scotland players celebrating
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Kick-off

Japan 10-16 Scotland

We're up and running again as Tommy Seymour does well to grab Greig Laidlaw's kick. Damien Hoyland then gets under a good, probing punt from Ruaridh Jackson but the winger is held up short of the line. Cracking start.

Scots look for more

Japan 10-16 Scotland

Stuart McInally can be happy with his line-out delivery, with only one errant throw in the first half. Rory Sutherland has slotted in well after coming on as an early replacement for Al Dickinson.

Winger Damien Hoyland has been quiet and Ruaridh Jackson has not been involved much at stand-off. Those two will be looking for more of the ball to impress head coach Vern Cotter.

Unlucky 13 for Japan?

Japan 10-16 Scotland

Not only are the hosts trailing at the break but they must start the second half two players down, with Rikiya Matsuda cooling his heels on the sidelines along with Hendrik Tui, who was shown a yellow card moments before the penalty try as Scotland piled on the pressure.

'Better to come'

Japan 10-16

Andy Nicol

Former Scotland international on BBC Two Scotland

"I expect the second 40 to be better. Some of the Scotland players are a bit rusty but the forwards are growing into the game and we can build on that."

Half-time

Japan 10-16 Scotland

A scrappy first half ends with Yu Tamura narrowly off target with a tricky penalty attempt.

A mixed bag for both sides and much for the coaches to chew over during the interval.

A scrum
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Scots profit from Japanese ill-discipline

Japan 10-16 Scotland

Tom English

BBC Sport Scotland in Japan

"Japan's discipline has gone to pot. I make it 11 penalties conceded in this opening half plus two yellow cards. Scotland are still struggling to take hold of the game, though. It's a bit of a mess out there. Not a lot of structure."

Converted penalty try

Japan 10-16 Scotland

Another Scotland maul as Japan hang on grimly. The ball is worked across the pitch smartly and Tommy Seymour is waiting for a pass in the corner only for Rikiya Matsuda to bat the ball down with his hand. It's an obvious knock-on, it's a penalty try and it's a yellow card.

Greig Laidlaw knocks over the conversion.

Japan 10-9 Scotland

Scotland come again and this time Ruaridh Jackson, knowing Scotland have a penalty, goes for an ambitious cross-kick but it's far too heavy.

Japan 10-9 Scotland

Scotland start a driving maul in a dangerous area but get their angles all wrong and Japan spin them into touch without too much trouble. However, the officials spot some jiggery-pokery and Scotland retain possession.

Japan 10-9 Scotland

Scotland rumble forward with menace but the momentum is gone as Matt Scott fumbles a long pass from Greig Laidlaw and Japan are quick to snuff out the danger. Did I mention the Japanese are quick?

Penalty

Japan 10-9 Scotland

The hosts are ahead again as Yu Tamura lands a monster - with room to spare - from just inside the Scotland half.

Japan 7-9 Scotland

Japan don't hang about when they get possession but are they in too much of a hurry? All too often they surrender the ball with basic handling mistakes.

Japan 7-9 Scotland

The Japanese errors continue to mount and Greig Laidlaw kicks Scotland deep into home territory but a promising phase of play comes to and end with Damien Hoyland knocked into touch.

Japan 7-9 Scotland

Stuart McInally, making just his second start, is getting treatment after a knock and the hooker looks a little groggy. Scotland have already lost Al Dickinson from the front row...

Penalty

Japan 7-9 Scotland

More joy for Greig Laidlaw as he thumps over a good kick from 40m as Japan struggle to cope with the scrummaging skills of WP Nel.

Japan 7-6 Scotland

A spot of wrestling breaks out with Ryan Wilson involved in some nasty grappling with an opponent but the nonsense is soon broken up.

Jitters for Japan

Japan 7-6 Scotland

Tom English

BBC Sport Scotland in Japan

"Japan getting horsed at the breakdown. That's four breakdown penalties against them in the first 15 minutes. Some relief for Scotland after that early shock to the system."

Stuart Hogg playing for Scotland against Japan
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Penalty

Japan 7-6 Scotland

The gap is down to one point as Greig Laidlaw clips one over from right in front of the posts as the hosts struggle to cope at the breakdown.

Greig Laidlaw scores a penalty for Scotland
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