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Last Updated: Saturday, 13 November, 2004, 19:09 GMT
Scotland 100-8 Japan
Scotland's Sean Lamont
Scotland: (36) 100
Tries: Hogg, Southwell (2), Paterson (3), Parks, Petrie, Blair, Henderson, Morrison, Lamont, MacFadyen, Russell (2)
Cons: Paterson (11)
Pens: Paterson
Japan: (8) 8
Tries: Daiman
Pens: Ikeda
Scotland put last weekend's defeat against Australia behind them with a try-scoring romp over Japan at McDiarmid Park in Perth.

The inexperienced tourists were shown no mercy by a rampant Scottish side who ran in 15 tries.

Ally Hogg opened the scoring after only 90 seconds, but Japan hit back with a try from Daiman moments later.

It was one-way traffic after that as Scotland racked up the most points they have ever scored in an international.

Scotland went ahead with less than two minutes on the clock through a try from flanker Hogg.

Prop Allan Jacobsen made a break on the halfway line and fed to scrum half Cusiter who then sent Hogg clear into the 22 and the Edinburgh man touched down in the corner.

Paterson converted, but Japan hit back immediately, winger Daiman scoring a try in the left corner after excellent passing and pace from the Japanese backline.

Poor handling from winger Sean Lamont saw a clear-cut Scotland try go begging after the Glasgow winger dropped a pass with the line beckoning.

It was just important we learned how to win and today just builds confidence within the team
Scoland coach Matt Williams

The opening quarter was played at a frantic pace with both sides tying to keep the ball alive and play the game at a hundred miles an hour.

The result was a scrappy, error-strewn affair, but Scotland settled their nerves with a second try after 19 minutes.

Centre Andy Henderson made a burst through the Japanese midfield before the ball was recycled and fed blind out the backs to Edinburgh full-back Hugo Southwell who raced over to score.

Paterson added the conversion, before slotting a penalty moments later to stretch the Scottish lead to 17-5.

The Scotland wing then grabbed a try of his own - and another conversion - after dancing round the Japanese defence on the left touchline.

Chris Paterson scored 40 points, including three tries, for Scotland
Paterson scored 40 points, including three tries, for Scotland

Japan reduced the scoreline slightly on the half-hour mark with a penalty from scrum-half Ikeda, after flanker Donnie Macfadyen was penalised for hanging onto the ball in front of the posts.

But Scotland nudged ahead thanks to a first ever try in a Test for Scotland from Dan Parks and a Paterson conversion.

Before the half-time whistle, it was try-time again for Matt Williams' side, this time number 8 Jon Petrie popping out of a ruck on the half-way line and sprinting 45 yards unopposed to the Japanese line.

Paterson was unable to maintain his perfect kicking display however and failed to send over the extra two points - but the Scots still entered the break with a commanding 36-8 lead.

The scoring continued five minutes after the break with Paterson hacking on a bouncing ball from a Dan Parks chip to grab his second try of the afternoon.

Substitute scrum-half Mike Blair then got in on the act, touching down for a try after collecting another delicately-placed Dan Parks kick.

Next up for a try was Henderson, with the Glasgow player running in unchallenged after Scottish pressure created a huge overlap out wide.

Paterson increased his points haul with his third try and another conversion to make it 60-8 with less than an hour gone.

Replacement centre Graeme Morrison added more points to the scoreline with his first ever try for his country, before Lamont, Southwell, Macfadyen and Robbie Russell stretched the lead even further with touchdowns of their own.

With Paterson sending over several conversions to take his points tally to 40, Russell rounded off the scoring with another try to take the scoreline to 100 points for the first time in Scottish Test rugby history.


Scotland: H Southwell (Edinburgh), C Paterson (Edinburgh), B Hinshelwood (Worcester), A Henderson (Glasgow), S Lamont (Glasgow), D Parks (Glasgow), C Cusiter (The Borders), A Jacobsen (Edinburgh), G Bulloch (Glasgow), G Kerr (Leeds Tykes), S Grimes (Newcastle Falcons), N Hines (Edinburgh), A Hogg (Edinburgh), D Macfadyen (Glasgow), J Petrie (Glasgow).
Replacements: R Russell (London Irish), C Smith (Edinburgh), S MacLeod (The Borders), J White (Sale Sharks), M Blair (Edinburgh), G Ross (Leeds Tykes), G Morrison (Glasgow).

Japan: Ryohei Miki (World Fighting Bull), Koichiro Kubota (NEC), Seiichi Shimomura (Sanyo), Yukio Motoki (Kobe), Hayato Daimon (Kobe), Keisuke Sawaki (Suntory), Wataru Ikeda (Sanyo), Takuro Miuchi (NEC), Hajime Kiso (Yamaha), Naoya Okubo (JRFU), Hitoshi Ono (Toshiba), Takanori Kumagai (NEC); Ryo Yamamura (Yamaha), Takashi Yamaoka (Suntory), Yuichi Hisadomi (NEC).

Replacements: Mitsugu Yamamoto (Sanyo), Masahito Yamamoto (Toyota), Feletliki Mau (World Fighting Bull), Takatoyo Yamaguchi (Kubota), Kiyonori Tanaka (Suntory), Masatoshi Mukoyama (NEC), Hideyuki Yoshida (Kubota).

Referee: A Cole (Australia)


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