Match Centre: Scotland 29-20 Japan

Stuart Hogg became Scotland's leading try-scorer
Stuart Hogg became Scotland's leading try-scorer

Scotland 29-20 Japan, BT Murrayfield Stadium

Stuart Hogg broke the record for most tries for Scotland as they went on to beat Japan 29-20 in their clash at Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday.

Hogg following his double against South Africa in the previous game was tied with 24 tries along with Ian Smith and Tony Stanger but now has claimed the top position. He also become the fourth capped player for the Dark Blues.

The result also meant Scotland have won three out of the four games in the autumn international campaign that also includes victories against Tonga and Australia.

Scotland made a positive start to the game with Duhan van der Merwe diving in the corner after collecting the ball following a rolling maul but Finn Russell's conversion rebounded off the post.

As Scotland were penalised for an infringement at ruck, Rikiya Matsuda kicked a 10th minute penalty goal but missed another kick five minutes later after Chris Harris was penalised for not rolling away after a tackle.

Nevertheless, he made amends in the 26th minute with Matsuda kicking another three-pointer to put the visitors in front for the first time in the game. Around the half-hour mark, a perfect pass from Russell allowed Hogg to complete his record try. The Scotland fly-half also followed with the conversion making it 12-6.

The third try for Scotland came at the stroke of half-time and it was once again Russell, who was the centre stage as his pass set up Darcy Graham as he forced his way over and Russell kicked the extras as the Dark Blues had a 19-6 lead at the end of the opening half.

Scotland suffered an early setback in the second half with Jamie Bhatti sin-binned for not rolling away and Matsuda kicked a penalty goal to make it 19-9. The gap came down to seven points in the 46th minute as Scotland were penalised for an offside and Matsuda kicked his fourth three-pointer.

The 57th minute saw Stuart McInally dotted down at the back of a line out and Russell improved it as the scoreline became 26-12. Six minutes later, the Brave Blossoms got their first try as Tevita Tatafu touched down at the back of a line out but Matsuda's conversion went wide as the scoreline became 26-17.

The final 10 minutes saw Matsuda and Russell exchange penalties as Scotland went on to complete a nine-point victory.

Team line up:

Scotland: Hogg, Graham, Harris, Johnson, Van der Merwe, Russell, Price; Bhatti, Turner, Z Fagerson, Cummings, Gilchrist, Ritchie, Watson, Bayliss.

Reserves: McInally, Schoeman, Sebastian, Skinner, Richardson, M Fagerson, Horne, Kinghorn.

Japan: Yamanaka, Matsushima, Nakono, Nakamura, Fifita, Matsuda, Nagare; Millar, Sakate, Ai Valu, Cornelsen, Moore, Leitch, Labuschagne, Himeno.

Reserves: Horikoshi, Inagaki, Kakinaga, Gunter, Tatafu, Saito, Tamura, Reily.