Rugby World Cup 2019: Japan make history with win over Scotland

Winger Kenki Fukuoka has produced two pieces of individual brilliance, as a high-paced hosts Japan advanced to the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals for the first time with a 28-21 victory over Scotland at Yokohama.

Sunday's win ensured Japan finished atop Pool A and will face Pool B runners-up South Africa in Tokyo next Sunday, with Ireland facing Pool B winners New Zealand on the same ground next Saturday.

Fukuoka scored tries either side of halftime, as the tournament hosts were roared on by a sea of red-and-white jersey-wearing fans at Yokohama Stadium with a frenetic attacking game and ferocious defence.

Loosehead prop Keita Inagaki and Kotaro Matsushima also scored tries for the tournament hosts, who had to withstand a furious finish by Scotland, as they battled back from 28-7 down with 30 minutes remaining.

The quarter-finals are confirmed.

England v Australia 

New Zealand v Ireland 

Wales v France 

Japan v South Africa

Japan 28 (Kenki Fukuoka 2, Keita Inagaki, Kotaro Matsushima tries Yu Tamura 4 cons) Scotland 21 (Zander Fagerson, WP Nel, Finn Russell tries Greig Laidlaw 2, Russell cons) at Nissan Stadium.

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Reuters

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