From the opening kick, nothing went right for Japan in the first half, as the ball went out on the full. Scotland took no time at all to score the opening points thanks to a cracking run by Joe Nayacavou finished off by Scott Wight For the converted try. Japan threatened for a time midway through the first half, but Scotland was able to hold on in defense. Eventually Scotland added a second converted try when Sean Kennedy pulled the Japanese defenders and offloaded to the unmarked Scott Wight, who once again converted his own try, accounting for all fourteen of Scotland’s points. A third try just before the half was added by Jamie Farndale to break up the Wight monopoly on Scottish points.
The second half started with a Scottish error and looked like a try in the first minute for Japan, but a late call deemed the final pass forward. Japan supporters certainly would feel hard done by that one. A kick and chase just about gave Japan’s Masahiro Nakano the try he was stripped of earlier, but a penalty for playing the Scottish defender instead of the ball, ended the immediate threat. Japan’s persistence finally paid off as Kameli Soejima spun through a tackle and scored under the post. Scotland didn’t let Japan’s seven points pose much trouble to the end result as Hugh Blake added a third converted try for the Scots. As the full time buzzer struck, James Fleming added one last converted try. Scotland 33, Japan 7.