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Live Reporting

Colin Moffat

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  1. Scotland sign off with a win

    FT: Japan 16-21 Scotland

    That's all folks. Thanks for your company on a day when Scotland showed real guts in defence to maintain their 100% Test record against Japan.

    The visitors were under the cosh for long periods but managed to hold on and profited from lapses in discipline from the inexperienced hosts, who were missing some of their top guns.

    It's been a promising year for Scotland, with moments to savour at the World Cup and Six Nations.

    Roll on next season...

  2. Post update

    FT: Japan 16-21 Scotland

    Scotland head coach Vern Cotter doesn't give much away and there were a number of problem areas today but he will be pleased with the sheer doggedness shown by his team.

    The visitors looked a bit jaded in the Tokyo heat but held on defiantly in the face of intense Japan pressure, the Gray brothers, Richie and Jonny, prominent in defence.

  3. Scotland 'stayed composed'

    FT: Japan 16-21 Scotland

    Scotland fly-half Finn Russell, who missed the tour injured, on BBC Two: "You get games like that where you have to just grind out a win. I can't remember a time when we had the ball in the Japanese 22 in the second half. We played a lot more expansively in the first half but it was great defence and great work-rate by the boys. At times in the past we have got a bit panicky under pressure and we might have lost that game.  But we stayed composed, Greig came on and took control of the game and the boys stayed in their shape."  

  4. Time for a holiday

    FT: Japan 16-21 Scotland

    A long, long season is over for Scotland. The next international action comes in the autumn, with Australia, Argentina and Georgia the visitors.

    The domestic club action will be up and running again in early September. 

    A well-earned break is called for now. Some gentle frisbee on the beach rather than bruising collisions and lung-bursting runs.

    Scotland won 21-16
  5. 'Not a great performance but a great win'

    FT: Japan 16-21 Scotland

    Andy Nicol

    Former Scotland international on BBC Two

    "The win is probably the only good thing to take out of thing, which is a great thing. They really had to guts it out in the second half; they hardly had any ball. The defence was outstanding. It has been a long, long season and that was a big shift.  There was a 10-minute period when Japan were battering away but Scotland kept their line intact. It was not a great performance but it was a great win." 

  6. All about the 'Ws'

    FT: Japan 16-21 Scotland

    Two wins from two against a team just below them in the world rankings. Definitely not great performances in either match but Scotland will take it after years of painful 'brave defeats'.

  7. Nothing to show for glorious try

    FT: Japan 16-21 Scotland

    We only got one try today but it was an absolute beauty. A flowing move from deep in their own half was finished off by Japan scrum-half Kaito Shigeno. 

    Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will be gutted they missed it, since the Imperial couple didn't show up until half time.

    All of Scotland's points came from the kicking of Henry Pyrgos and Greig Laidlaw.

  8. Full-time

    Japan 16-21 Scotland

    Just as the full-time hooter sounds, another penalty goes the way of Scotland, and that's it. Harsh on the Japanese players, who looked devastated, many of them slumping to the turf in bewildered disappointment.

    Expect words like "professional" to be used describing this win.

  9. Post update

    Japan 16-21 Scotland

    Sean Lamont is on for the last few seconds, taking over from Sean Maitland. That's cap number 105 for the big winger.

  10. Penalty

    Japan 16-21 Scotland

    After a lengthy delay, Greig Laidlaw is cool as an iced cucumber as he splits the posts again. Japan need a try now, with the clock ticking down.

  11. Post update

    Japan 16-18 Scotland

    Scotland clear their lines thanks to another thumping kick from Stuart Hogg and the chase results in a turnover penalty. You can hear the wind coming out of the home crowd's sails...

  12. Post update

    Japan 16-18 Scotland

    Can Scotland hang on and steal the win? We've got five more minutes to go and the crowd are trying to lift Japan as the teams bed down for a scrum near the Scottish posts.

  13. Post update

    Japan 16-18 Scotland

    With Sean Lamont the only replacement Scotland haven't used, Fraser Brown is getting some heavy strapping on his ankle. Could the veteran winger do a job as a stand-in hooker? I'm sure he'd give it a go.

  14. Penalty

    Japan 16-18 Scotland

    The home crowd can scarcely believe the scoreboard as Greig Laidlaw pops one over from 40 metres. Scotland are ahead after a series of missed opportunities for the home side.

    Greig Laidlaw kicks a penalty for Scotland
    Image caption: Greig Laidlaw's kicking helped Scotland out of a hole
  15. Post update

    Japan 16-15 Scotland

    Tim Swinson, normally found in the second row, is on to take over from John Barclay at number six. The Scarlets man, so impressive in last weekend's victory, has taken a few painful bangs today.

  16. Scotland under siege

    Japan 16-15 Scotland

    Tom English

    BBC Sport Scotland in Tokyo

    "This is a drastic situation for Scotland. Japan are coming at them in waves. Had Kosei Ono showed a bit more patience and put it through a few more phases they would have scored. But as soon as the siege is lifted it's back on again. Not sure Scotland can hold them out and then come again to try to win this. They don't deserve to win quite frankly." 

  17. Post update

    Japan 16-15 Scotland

    Scotland kick clear from the scrum but Japan come right back at them with a quick line-out and we're back to more frantic defending - and another last-gasp turnover. Breathless stuff...

  18. Post update

    Japan 16-15 Scotland

    Japan fling it around and Scotland are pinned back protecting their line with some desperate tackling. Inches from the posts, Kosei Ono goes for a plunge but the ball pops out of his hands to let the visitors off the hook.

  19. Penalty

    Japan 16-15 Scotland

    Somehow there's only one point in this as Greig Laidlaw hammers over a penalty from just inside the Japan half. An absolute monster of a kick.

  20. Post update

    Japan 16-12 Scotland

    Every time Josh Strauss receives the ball he is nailed by a Japanese tackler. The big flanker has barely made a yard of ground all day.