Liverpool defender Andy Robertson is relishing Sunday's battle with Scott McTominay and says his Scotland team-mate has been "excellent" for Manchester United this season.

The international colleagues will come face to face when Liverpool travel to Old Trafford in the Premier League this weekend.

McTominay has started all eight league games of a disappointing campaign for United, who are down in 12th place after winning just two of those matches.

Despite his club's on-pitch struggles, the 22-year-old has been hailed as a shining light by compatriot Robertson.

"He's been excellent all season in a United team that has had its critics. I think he's carried himself very well," Robertson said, quoted in several British newspapers.

"I'll be looking forward to facing him on Sunday. Obviously, I hope to come out on top."

While United have struggled in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first full campaign, bitter rivals Liverpool are flying at the top of the table after making a perfect start.

However, the Reds are winless in their last five away league meetings with United - something Robertson is keen to put right.

"I think what makes the fixture so special is that it's historic," he said. "There have been such great battles down the years.

"And they've always had top teams who have always fought against each other for everything on the pitch.

"It's always like that. And it's genuinely a different atmosphere when you play against them. It's one game that we always look forward to.

"Since I've been a Liverpool player, we've not managed to get a result at Old Trafford. So hopefully that changes on Sunday."

Scottish Rugby has questioned whether misconduct charges brought by World Rugby are "appropriate".

It was confirmed on Tuesday that comments made by chief executive Mark Dodson are to be probed by rugby union's chief governing body.

Dodson had threatened to take legal action if Scotland's crucial Pool A encounter with Japan was cancelled, with the match under threat as a result of Typhoon Hagibis.

The contest went ahead with Scotland losing 28-21 to exit the competition but the row continues to rumble on.

A Scottish Rugby statement issued on Wednesday read: "Scottish Rugby once again expresses its sincere condolences to the people of Japan and all those affected by Typhoon Hagibis which struck last weekend.

"We have been able to convey our best wishes directly to the mayor of Yokohama and the chairman of the Japanese Rugby Union. We stand with the great people of Japan.

"Following receipt of correspondence yesterday from World Rugby, Scottish Rugby confirms that it has received a notice of complaint from Rugby World Cup Ltd. Scottish Rugby is querying whether the matter is an appropriate one for the bringing of misconduct charges.

"If misconduct proceedings are to proceed, Scottish Rugby looks forward to receiving a fair hearing in this matter. No further comment would be appropriate at this time." 

World Rugby has issued misconduct charges against the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) following remarks made by chief executive Mark Dodson ahead of the crunch Rugby World Cup clash with Japan.

Dodson revealed the SRU had sought legal advice and were considering taking action if the decisive contest in Yokohama on Sunday was cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis, as Scotland needed a win to have any chance of reaching the quarter-finals.

World Rugby rules state that a match cannot be postponed until the following day, but Dodson argued that the "common-sense approach" would be to play the game 24 hours later if it had been cancelled.

Japan knocked Scotland out by winning a thriller 28-21 to finish top of Pool A and reach the last eight for the first time after the game went ahead as scheduled.

Scottish Rugby could face further punishment off the field as a result of Dodson's comments. 

A World Rugby statement said: "Rugby World Cup can confirm that it has issued misconduct charges against the Scottish Rugby Union in relation to recent comments made about Typhoon Hagibis and its potential impact on the Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool A match between Japan versus Scotland.

"The case will be decided by an Independent Disputes Committee and Rugby World Cup will not make any further comment on this matter pending the outcome."

Tournament director Alan Gilpin said on Tuesday: "The tournament rules are clear about appropriate behaviour.

"As a result, we have asked an independent disputes committee to look at the behaviour and comments of the Scottish union. Because of that, it would be inappropriate to comment any further."

Steve Clarke was relieved to end a tough week for Scotland on a high by hammering San Marino 6-0 for the Tartan Army's biggest win in four years.

After a 4-0 loss away to Russia last time out, Clarke urged his side to show that Euro 2020 qualifying defeat was "the very, very bottom of the lowest" for his side.

John McGinn hit a hat-trick in the first half against the worst team in the FIFA rankings as Scotland bounced back to move fourth in Group I, though they cannot finish in the top two to secure automatic qualification.

Scotland's hopes of reaching the finals rest on a play-off earned through their success in the Nations League, with Clarke praising his team's mentality as they turn their attention towards that goal.

"It's not often a Scotland team score six goals," Clarke told Sky Sports. "It's a nice reward at the end of a difficult week.

"They've got character and resilience. They were on a hiding to nothing tonight. They showed the character to come back from a bad blow.

"We're working towards an end target, which is the play-offs in March. We go to Cyprus one point behind with a chance to go above them."

Heavy rain and a sodden pitch made conditions increasingly difficult in the second half, but maiden international goals for Lawrence Shankland and Stuart Findlay extended Scotland's lead before Stuart Armstrong wrapped up the scoring with a peach of a free-kick.

"It was difficult to pass the ball," Clarke added. "We wanted to pass the ball. We moved the ball really well and very fast in the early part of the game, which got us in front.

"We wanted to do that in the second half, but obviously it started sticking in the puddles. We still managed to find the right passes into the box and got some good goals for us."

John McGinn scored a first-half hat-trick as Scotland hammered minnows San Marino 6-0 at Hampden Park in Sunday's Euro 2020 qualifying fixture.

After Scotland's 4-0 loss away to Russia last time out, manager Steve Clarke said his side had to make sure that result was "the very, very bottom of the lowest" for the Tartan Army.

McGinn ensured they ended a four-game run of losses in Group I before the break, after which the match became increasingly farcical due to Hampden Park's sodden pitch.

Lawrence Shankland netted his first international goal, debutant defender Stuart Findlay headed home a corner and substitute Stuart Armstrong hit a sweet free-kick to make the scoreline more emphatic.

Scotland had scored only once in their past four games but broke the deadlock in the 12th minute in driving Glasgow rain.

Ryan Christie cut inside on the right and curled the ball towards Aldo Simoncini's bottom-left corner, with McGinn applying a deft touch to make sure.

McGinn was gifted a second when Simoncini pushed a tame Scott McTominay shot into his path, then he secured the matchball moments before half-time by pouncing from close range.

Conditions became more difficult after the interval and when McTominay's long-range drive thudded against the crossbar in the 65th minute, ex-Queen's Park striker Shankland was on hand to tuck home the rebound on his old home ground.

Findlay then joined Shankland in opening his international account with a header from Christie's corner, while Armstrong's glorious set-piece goal helps give Clarke's side hope for the future.


What does it mean? Play-off platform for Scotland

Though their hopes of automatic qualification for Euro 2020 are over, Scotland can still reach the finals via the Nations League play-offs after topping their group. Clarke's side desperately needed a confidence boost and this result, albeit against the worst national team in the world according to FIFA's rankings, should provide some momentum.


Scotland can build around McGinn

It took McGinn until his 16th international appearance to score for Scotland, but he looks increasingly at home at this level, albeit San Marino are very weak opposition. McGinn has made a flying start to life in the Premier League with Aston Villa and has now netted seven times for club and country this season.

 


Simoncini's bizarre error

Brought into the side after Simone Benedettini conceded nine times against Belgium on Thursday, Simoncini's mistake gave McGinn a tap-in for his second goal. McTominay's shot did not appear to be on target and the goalkeeper could not even blame the wet surface on this occasion.


What's next?

Scotland are away to Cyprus and at home to Kazakhstan when the group concludes next month. San Marino will try to salvage pride from another difficult campaign with a home double-header against Kazakhstan and Russia.

Captain Greig Laidlaw will consider his Scotland future after Japan denied his team a place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.

The 34-year-old scrum-half could not inspire the Scots to a Yokohama victory as they slumped 28-21 to the tournament hosts, who go on to face South Africa in the last eight.

World Cup failure can often lead to casualties, and the likes of Laidlaw and coach Gregor Townsend can expect scrutiny.

But while Townsend was vague about his intentions, albeit appearing to indicate he intends to stay at the helm for next year's Six Nations, Laidlaw was slightly less guarded.

Given his age, it is hardly surprising such a big-tournament disappointment would lead to a moment of reflection.

Laidlaw shed tears once Scotland's elimination was confirmed, saying: "It's so difficult. It's straight after the game. It's not about me at this moment in time. It's about the team."

But Laidlaw will assess over the coming weeks whether there remains life in his international career.

"I'll go away and take time and have a think and speak to the people I need to speak to, and then see what happens after that," he said. "But tonight it's about staying together as a group and for the group to learn why we're in this situation."

Townsend was also asked about his future in the post-match news conference. After two and a half years in charge, the former Glasgow Warriors boss saw hopes of success on the global stage foiled, with Scotland tumbling out in the pool stage for just the second time.

At one stage, Japan were four tries to one ahead of the Scots, and the final margin arguably flattered Townsend's men, who also lost their opening game to Ireland.

Townsend was asked whether he may have taken the team as far as he could, and responded: "There's a lot more in this team. Experiences are what make you as a group, and how you react to those experiences.

"That was a unique situation we were in tonight. We knew it was always going to be a challenge given the way Japan were playing and given our turnaround.

"But we had the team and we had the ability at the start of that game to go on and win it by the necessary amount of points. That we didn't is hugely disappointing and we'll have to learn from that.

"You don't get another shot in a World Cup for four years, but we've got to improve as we hit our next tournament which will be the Six Nations in a few months' time."

Kenki Fukuoka, who was presented with the man-of-the-match award by tennis star Naomi Osaka, grabbed two tries as Scotland were too easily opened up.

Townsend's assessment of the performance laid bare Scotland's inadequacies over the 80 minutes.

Townsend said: "In the first half we didn't get enough possession. And the second half we did have much more possession and the effort the players put in was heroic at times. We had to defend our line, we had to get back upfield, but we just didn't make the most of our chances.

"It would have been a great comeback win but Japan deserve it today. They played really well in that first 50, 60 [minutes] and they're a very good team."

Michael Leitch and Jamie Joseph dedicated Japan's terrific Rugby World Cup win over Scotland to victims of Typhoon Hagibis and the grieving families.

The hosts triumphed 28-21 in Yokohama, sparking jubilant scenes as they reached the quarter-finals of the tournament for the first time.

Japan have won four matches from four at their home tournament and, as Pool A winners, they go on to face South Africa next Sunday in Tokyo, with rugby fever gripping the country.

This has otherwise been a grim weekend in Japan, though, as the deadly tropical storm has claimed more than 20 lives, according to local reports, with many others missing and considerable damage done to property.

"It's a tough time at the moment with the typhoon and all, but I'd like to thank everyone that made this game happen, and for everyone that's suffering at the moment with the typhoon, this game was for you guys," said Japan captain Leitch.

"The crowd was massive for us. Our hearts go out to all the people who are suffering."

Coach Joseph said: "You can look around and see how special a moment this is for our team and for this country.

"Before I talk about the footy, I really want to acknowledge the families who've lost people in the typhoon today. That's really motivated our team. We talked about that this morning as a group. The players really wanted to play."

Leitch said he was "very, very proud" of Japan's achievement, after they blazed to a 28-7 lead and resisted a Scotland fightback in impressive fashion.

"From the very start, we played with our heart," Leitch said. "Today was nothing about skill. It was all about emotion and physicality and I think we showed that today.

"We’re going to give it everything in the next couple of games."

If Japan are to still have a "couple of games" to play, they must overcome the Springboks - as they famously did four years ago in Brighton in a victory that has provided the springboard to success for this impressive new generation.

Coach Joseph enthused about the latest performance, saying: "My team, for all the World Cup really, we've prepared really, really well and put their bodies on the line every weekend. But tonight they went [up] another level, I felt.

"They gave everything they possibly could. Everyone from our most experienced player to our least experienced gave 150 per cent."

When the final whistle was blown on an emotional night in Yokohama, it was evident from the joy on the players' faces that magnificent Japan's history-making triumph over Scotland was about more than rugby.

Typhoon Hagibis left a trail of death and mass destruction with ferocious winds and record-breaking rainfall after hitting landfall south of Tokyo on Saturday.

There was uncertainty over whether the decisive Pool A showdown between the host nation and Scotland would go ahead on Sunday, but the green light was given following a safety inspection on the morning of the game at Yokohama International Stadium.

What followed was 80 minutes of thrilling action as Japan reached the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals for the first time.

Scottish Rugby had talked of taking legal action if the blockbuster contest was cancelled, given they needed a victory to have any chance of being consigned to an early exit.

Instead they may be launching an internal inquest after Gregor Townsend's side went down 28-21 in a pulsating battle.

The stadium was not damaged by the biggest typhoon to hit the Asian nation for decades and a raucous sold-out crowd cheered their team to glorious new ground.

Jamie Joseph's side played with incredible intensity from start to finish, defended stoically and showed their class with ball in hand to set up a meeting with South Africa in Tokyo next Sunday.

The Brave Blossoms waded through knee-high waters to train on the eve of a match that they were not sure would go ahead and although Scotland fought back in the second half, they could not prevent the hosts from advancing.

Japan were relentless after Finn Russell's early try, Kotaro Matsushima whipping their exuberant supporters into frenzy with his fifth try of the tournament.

Keita Inagaki raised the decibels even higher by putting them in front and Scotland looked to be out on their feet after the lethal Kenki Fukuoka - scorer of the only try against Ireland - touched down either side of half-time.

Scotland were struggling to cope with their opponents' expansive style of play; the power, speed and skill of Japan leaving their hopes of qualifying hanging by a thread.

Yet two tries in the space of five minutes from WP Nel and Zander Ferguson threatened to spoil the party, Russell pulling the strings as the tension mounted.

The hosts laid it all on the line as Scotland threw everything at them in an attempt to tear up the script and break Japan hearts.

Joseph's men were not to be denied, though, holding on to make it four wins out of four and secure top spot on a weekend that will be remembered for such contrasting reasons.

Japan left Scotland standing with an electrifying performance in Yokohama that carried them through to the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals for the first time.

Playing 21st century rugby against a side that looked bereft of invention until the jig was up, Japan roared to a 28-21 victory and set up a showdown with South Africa next Sunday in Tokyo.

South Africa, then. Even if it had not been for the Miracle of Brighton four years ago, the Springboks would have good reason to be fearful of these Brave Blossoms.

But Japan's stunning victory over the Boks in their last World Cup meeting will colour the build-up to that game, and based on this showing the Rugby Championship winners could have their hands full.

Four wins out of four is Japan's record as hosts, with tries from Kotaro Matsushima, Keita Inagaki, Kenki Fukuoka propelling them to a 21-7 half-time lead, and another from Fukuoka early in the second half effectively sealing the deal.

Scotland had threatened legal action if this match did not go ahead, which was a concern after the deadly Typhoon Hagibis caused havoc in Japan.

But if there was relief in the Scottish camp that it would be played, when that announcement came earlier on Sunday, they only briefly looked capable of securing the handsome win they needed to pip their opponents to a place in the last eight.

Finn Russell darted in for a seventh-minute try, finding a gap as Japan's defence showed early fragility, and Greig Laidlaw booted the extras.

From then on, though, Scotland were largely camped in their own half, Japan sensational in attack. Matsushima sprinted in from the left wing after an offload from fellow wing Fukuoka for Japan's first try - his fifth of this World Cup - in the 18th minute.

William Tupou burst through a line of Scottish defence before feeding Inagaki to surge over from close range for the second try eight minutes later, and Japan were rewarded with a third on the stroke of half-time, Fukuoka collecting a perfect grubber from Timothy Lafaele.

Yu Tamura added conversions to each try. Had he not missed a pair of penalties, Scotland would have been out of the contest.

When Fukuoka wrested the ball from enemy hands and scorched through from midfield for Japan's fourth try in the 43rd minute, the home side had a bonus point in the bag and Scotland needed the mother of all fightbacks.

WP Nel burrowed over for a swift Scottish response, and Zander Fagerson powered through for a third Scottish try.

It is so often the hope that kills Scottish sport fans. At 28-21 in arrears, here was hope. But as the minutes ticked by, with Japan holding firm and the Scots increasingly desperate, needing a slew of scores, so the points dried up.

Scotland face a long trip home. Japan's journey at their home World Cup continues.

 

Wing wonders look match for anyone

Matsushima and Fukuoka were irrepressible for Japan, with their pace, opportunism and inventive raiding on the wings at times embarrassing Scotland. South Africa will need to be on their toes next weekend, and will surely handle the Japan dangermen better than the Scots managed.

 

Tier two? Not for long

How Japan build on this World Cup will be intriguing. Until the 2015 tournament they had just one victory from seven World Cup appearances, but now they are making winning a habit. They look a side worthy of being reclassified as a tier-one outfit, and days such as this will only strengthen the rugby culture in the nation.

 

What's next?

Japan will face South Africa in Tokyo next Sunday, meaning Ireland must face the All Blacks next Saturday. Scotland return home to lick their wounds.

Scotland's crucial Rugby World Cup clash with hosts Japan will go ahead as scheduled following the passing of Typhoon Hagibis.

Sunday's Pool A fixture in Yokohama was under threat of cancellation with the severe storm approaching Japan's east coast, bringing extreme winds and torrential downpours.

Three World Cup fixtures had already been wiped out, with Sunday's Pool B match between Namibia and Canada cancelled due to the impact of the typhoon in Kamaishi.

However, quarter-final hopefuls Scotland will take to the field to face Japan at Yokohama International Stadium, World Rugby and Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee announced on the day of the game.

"The decision was taken following a comprehensive assessment of the venue and associated infrastructure on Sunday morning in partnership with the Host City," a statement read.

"World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee would like to thank everyone involved for their significant efforts to enable the match to be played as scheduled following one of [the] largest and most powerful typhoons to hit Japan in recent years."

With the game going ahead, it opens up a number of permutations as there are try-scoring and losing bonus points up for grabs, but if the teams should finish level in the group Scotland would progress on the basis of winning the head-to-head contest.

Japan occupy second position behind Ireland in Pool A with three wins from as many games, four points clear of Scotland as the quarter-finals loom.

World Rugby will undertake a venue inspection following the passing of Typhoon Hagibis before deciding whether Scotland's crunch Rugby World Cup clash against Japan goes ahead.

The Pool A fixture is under threat of cancellation with the severe storm approaching Japan's east coast, bringing with it extreme winds and torrential downpours.

Yokohama, the scene of Sunday's match, is in the typhoon's path and the conditions could force tournament organisers to call off a third game, after scrapping England's match with France and New Zealand's fixture against Italy.

Scotland must win to have a realistic chance of progressing to the knockout rounds.

"Our primary consideration is the safety of everyone," a World Rugby spokesperson said in a statement.

"We will undertake detailed venue inspections as soon as practically possible after the typhoon has passed and an update will be published as soon as that process has been undertaken in the morning.

"Our message to fans continues to be stay indoors today, stay safe and monitor official Rugby World Cup social and digital channels."

Scotland sit third in Pool A, one point adrift of Ireland and four short of leaders Japan.

Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson has suggested legal action could be taken if World Rugby move to cancel the match, which would result in the points being shared.

Two of Sunday's three other fixtures are expected to be unaffected, but the Pool B meeting between Canada and Namibia in the coastal city of Kamaishi is in doubt.

Japan versus Scotland could end up being the most talked-about match that never was.

Typhoon Hagibis, which has already led to two Rugby World Cup fixtures being cancelled, is primed to wipe out the decisive Pool A clash in Yokohama on Sunday.

It would mean the points are shared, two apiece, and almost certainly spell the end for Gregor Townsend's side, with Ireland highly likely to defeat Samoa on Saturday.

However, Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson said the organisation had received a legal opinion that "unravels" World Rugby's case after the global governing body insisted matches could not be rescheduled. 

A final decision will be made on the morning of the game and, assuming it goes ahead, Scotland would need to bridge a gap of four points to overhaul the hosts.

That opens up a number of permutations as there are try-scoring and losing bonus points up for grabs, but if the teams should finish level in the group Scotland would progress on the basis of winning the head-to-head contest.

Japan go into the match with three wins from as many games, stunning world number ones Ireland in the process, leading coach Jamie Joseph to insist they would much rather play the match than qualify by default.

"I'd like to remind people it hasn't been a fluke," he said, with Japan having been eliminated in the pool phase behind Scotland four years ago despite winning three times, including a famous triumph over South Africa.

"We have played and won three Test matches, and that has put us in the best position in our pool.

"It has been a lot of hard work by a lot of people. This team has been in camp for 240 days this year alone.

"Everyone in our squad – players and staff – wants to play the Test match."

World Rugby has expressed its disappointment after Scottish Rugby (SRU) revealed it is considering legal action to ensure Sunday's Rugby World Cup clash with Japan goes ahead.

Scotland will likely have to beat hosts Japan in Yokohama to have any chance of progressing to the knockout stages. 

However, the Pool A clash is under threat due to the approach of Typhoon Hagibis, which has already led to the cancellation of England against France and New Zealand versus Italy on Saturday, with both treated as 0-0 draws.

SRU chief executive Mark Dodson said the organisation had received a legal opinion that "unravels" the governing body's case.

Responding to Dodson's remarks, World Rugby released a statement that read: "It is disappointing that the Scottish Rugby Union should make such comments at a time when we are doing everything we can to enable all Sunday's matches to take place as scheduled, and when there is a real and significant threat to public safety owing to what is predicted to be one of the largest and most destructive typhoons to hit Japan since 1958.

"Along with the 19 other teams, the Scottish Rugby Union signed the Rugby World Cup 2019 terms of participation, which clearly state in Section 5.3: 'Where a pool match cannot be commenced on the day in which it is scheduled, it shall not be postponed to the following day, and shall be considered as cancelled. In such situations, the result shall be declared a draw and teams will be allocated two match points each and no score registered.'

"As outlined during Thursday's media conference in Tokyo, the core principle that could enable us to explore a departure from the terms of participation, is a fair and consistent application of the rescheduling for all teams in a safe environment for teams, fans and essential match services.

"The sheer predicted scale and impact of the typhoon, and the complexity of team movements for eight matches, meant that an even-handed application was just not possible without putting safety at risk.

"Therefore, it was the fair and correct decision for all teams to maintain the position outlined in the terms of participation.

"It would be inappropriate to make further comment at a time when we are fully focused on the safety of everyone and this weekend's matches."

Scottish Rugby (SRU) could pursue legal action to make sure Sunday's crunch clash with Rugby World Cup hosts Japan goes ahead.

The Pool A contest in Yokohama, which Scotland will realistically need to win to have any chance to progress, is under threat as Typhoon Hagibis approaches.

England's match with France and New Zealand's fixture against Italy have already been cancelled, but SRU chief executive Mark Dodson is determined Scotland's game will not go the same way.

He says the organisation has received a legal opinion that "unravels" World Rugby's case.

"For World Rugby to simply state that the game has to be cancelled goes against the whole sporting integrity of the tournament," Dodson told the Today programme on BBC Radio 4.

"World Rugby have pointed us back to the participation agreement and that it is clearly stated there. We've had a legal opinion and then we've taken a leading sports QC opinion in London that challenges that and unravels the World Rugby case.

"We've been preparing for this tournament now for the last four years, our guys are over 100 days in camp, we've played three games already and the fourth game in this particular case is pivotal.

"My view is that we're not going to let Scotland be the collateral damage for a decision that was taken in haste.

"The common-sense approach to this is to play the game 24 hours later in perfect safety where we can make sure that the pool stages are completed and the sporting integrity of the tournament remains intact."

Greig Laidlaw has been named as Scotland captain and Michael Leitch will return to skipper Japan if the decisive Rugby World Cup showdown goes ahead on Sunday.

Scotland must beat the hosts to have any chance of reaching the quarter-finals but there is uncertainty over whether the crunch Pool A contest will take place in Yokohama with Typhoon Hagibis approaching.

Gregor Townsend's men will crash out if the match is cancelled – unless Samoa pull off a shock against Ireland – as both teams will pick up two points apiece for a draw, with a decision to be made by World Rugby on the morning of the game.

Scrum-half Laidlaw was selected to lead Scotland, taking over from John Barclay as Stuart McInally had to settle for a place on the bench along with George Horne, who scored a hat-trick in the rout of Russia on Wednesday.

Laidlaw's inclusion was one of 12 changes to the side, Finn Russell also returning along with the likes of Jonny Gray, Stuart Hogg and Blade Thomson, but wing Sean Maitland (groin) misses out.

Number eight Leitch replaces Pieter Labuschagne as captain of an experienced Japan side, while hooker Shota Horie, second-row Luke Thompson, wing Kenki Fukuoka and full-back William Tupou get the nod.

There is no place in the squad for wing Lomano Lemeki or second-row Wimpie van der Walt.

 

Japan: William Tupou, Kotaro Matsushima, Timothy Lafaele, Ryoto Nakamura, Kenki Fukuoka, Yu Tamura, Yutaka Nagare; Keita Inagaki, Shota Horie, Jiwon Koo, Luke Thompson, James Moore, Michael Leitch (captain), Pieter Labuschagne, Kazuki Himeno.

Replacements: Atsushi Sakate, Isileli Nakajima, Asaeli Ai Valu, Uwe Helu, Hendrik Tui, Fumiaki Tanaka, Rikiya Matsuda, Ryohei Yamanaka.

Scotland: Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Darcy Graham, Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw (captain); Allan Dell, Fraser Brown, Willem Nel, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, Magnus Bradbury, Jamie Ritchie, Blade Thomson.

Replacements: Stuart McInally, Gordon Reid, Zander Fagerson, Scott Cummings, Ryan Wilson, George Horne, Pete Horne, Blair Kinghorn.

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