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Live Reporting

Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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."

  5. 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."

  6. '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."

  7. 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.

  8. Post update

    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.

  9. Post update

    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...

  10. Post update

    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.

  11. Post update

    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.

  12. Post update

    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.

  13. Post update

    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
  14. Penalty

    Japan 13-26 Scotland

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

  15. Post update

    Japan 13-23 Scotland

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

  16. Post update

    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...

  17. 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.

  18. Post update

    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?

  19. Post update

    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.

  20. Post update

    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.