A dominant second half performance from Scotland saw them run out convincing winners from their opening World Cup game. Scotland scored four penalties in the first half, which gave them a five point lead because Japan had scored through a try from a lineout. Early in the second half, a Japanese penalty meant that they were only 2 points behind. However, 5 tries meant that Scotland claimed a bonus point and ran out comfortable winners as they moved to the top of Pool B, which few would have predicted at this stage.
In the second half, Scotland looked quite clinical and made several good line breaks. Hogg at full back in particular looked a constant threat with his lines. Japan started to tire as the game progressed, having played their last game on Saturday against South Africa. To Scotland’s credit, they took full advantage of this to claim a convincing victory.