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Scotland have beaten Japan 45-10 in their World Cup Pool B match at Kingsholm

By Andy Newport

Published 23/09/2015

Amanaki Mafi of Japan is tackled by Grant Gilchrist of Scotland during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
Amanaki Mafi of Japan is tackled by Grant Gilchrist of Scotland during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
Japan's full-back Ayumu Goromaru prepares to kick the ball during a Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Japan's full-back Ayumu Goromaru kicks the ball during a Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Amanaki Mafi of Japan is tackled by Grant Gilchrist (L) and John Hardie of Scotland during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
Scotland's Ryan Wilson (R) grabs the shirt of Japan's back row Michael Leitch during a Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Japan's back row Amanaki Mafi (L) vies against Scotland's David Denton during a Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Scotland's Ryan Wilson (3L) tackles Japan's back row Michael Leitch (C) during a Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Ryan Wilson of Scotland offloads in the tackle to teammate Ross Ford of Scotland during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Japan's back row Amanaki Mafi (L) tackles Scotland's lock Jonny Gray during a Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Japan's back row Amanaki Mafi (C) runs with the ball during a Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Amanaki Mafi of Japan is hauled down by Greig Laidlaw of Scotland during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
Japanese rugby fans celebrate a try by the national rugby team during a public viewing of the Rugby World Cup match against Scotland in Tokyo on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNOYOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images
Japan fans in the stands before the Rugby World Cup match at the Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at:http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
The Scotland rugby squad huddle ahead of kick-off in their Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Japan fans in the stands before the Rugby World Cup match at the Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at:http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
The Japan rugby squad huddle ahead of kick-off in their Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Yu Tamura of Japan is held up by the Scotland defence during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Yu Tamura of Japan is held up by the Scotland defence during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Japan's lock Luke Thompson (R) vies for the ball during a Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Sean Lamont of Scotland is wrapped up by the Japan defence during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
The Japan rugby squad sign their country's nationl anthem huddle ahead of kick-off in their Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Ross Ford of Scotland tackles Michael Leitch of Japan during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
Japan's full-back Ayumu Goromaru lines the ball up for a kick during a Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images

Scotland got their World Cup campaign off to a perfect start with a 45-10 win over Japan - but only after Eddie Jones' charges threatened to cause another upset.

For the first 40 minutes it was the Springbok slayers who looked set to repeat their giant-killing act after Amanaki Mafi scored the opening try.


But Vern Cotter's men ran in five second-half tries as the Brave Blossoms flagged just four days after they stunned the world with their incredible win over South Africa.

A double from Mark Bennett on top of scores from John Hardie, Tommy Seymour and Finn Russell ensured the Scots avoided a potential banana skin and claimed a valuable bonus point.

Scotland could finally breathe easy with 17 minutes left when Seymour leapt on a Yu Tamura pass before running 70 yards up field to put the game beyond Jones' men. Again Laidlaw put over the extras.

By now the Japanese were running on empty and Bennett scored again to hand his side an additional point as he ghosted in off the back of ruck before bursting past a couple of half-hearted challenges. Laidlaw added another successful conversion.

Finn Russell got in on the act as he collected a short pass from Laidlaw after a five-yard scrum and danced his way over for the fifth touchdown. Laidlaw again converted.

Rugby Union World Cup Pool B

Scotland (12) 45 Japan (7) 10

Scotland: Tries: Hardie, Bennett 2, Seymour, Russell.

Cons: Laidlaw 4. Pens: Laidlaw 4.

Scotland: Hogg, Seymour, Bennett, Scott, Lamont, Russell,

Laidlaw, Dickinson, Ford, Nel, Gilchrist, J. Gray, Wilson,

Hardie, Denton.

Replacements: Maitland for Hogg (66), Horne for Bennett (80),

Grant for Dickinson (65), Brown for Ford (73),

Welsh for Nel (72), R. Gray for Gilchrist (51),

Strauss for Wilson (59).

Not Used: Pyrgos.

Japan: Tries: Mafi. Cons: Goromaru. Pens: Goromaru.

Japan: Goromaru, Matsushima, Sau, Tamura, Fukuoka, Tatekawa,

Tanaka, Inagaki, Horie, Yamashita, Thompson, Ives, Leitch,

Broadhurst, Mafi.

Replacements: Hiwasa for Tamura (69),

Hesketh for Tatekawa (76), Mikami for Inagaki (41),

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Kizu for Horie (73), Hatakeyama for Yamashita (53),

Ito for Thompson (69), Makabe for Ives (61), Tui for Mafi (46).

Sin Bin: Matsushima (24).

Att: 14,354

Ref: John Lacey (Ireland).

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