Saturday 17 March 2018 / 09:39 PM


Japan’s giant-killing effort was arguably the story of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and the former minnows have continued their progress with a plucky effort on home soil against Scotland.

After a 26-13 loss in the first Test, Japan scored the only try in a 21-16 defeat at the hands of the Scots in the second encounter – a stunning 90-metre effort that would push for try-of-the-year honours at any level.

Halfback Kaito Shigeno finished off the spectacular 11-pass movement that pushed Japan into the lead, but Scotland’s forward dominance and patience – along with the radar boot of Greig Laidlaw – clinched the narrow win in front of 34,073 fans in Tokyo.

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CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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