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Japan climbed up to number 7 in the World Rugby Rankings on Monday after another convincing win at the Rugby World Cup 2019. The historic run continues after taking down Scotland 28-21 at Yokohama Stadium, as the host nation reels from a deadly typhoon. The result lifted the Brave Blossoms above France, Scotland, Argentina and Italy in the latest World Rugby Rankings.
Finn Russel gave Scotland a good start with 6th minute try. But Japan replied with three converted tries by Kotaro Matsushima, Keita Inagaki and Kenki Fukuoka. The first half ended with the Brave Blossoms leading the Scottish 21-7.
Two minutes after the match resumed, Inagaki crossed the line again to extend the advantage to 28-7. Scotland did not go down with a fight. They scored two tries through WP Nel and Zander Fagerson but the Japanese held on to claim the victory.
Yu Tamura scored all four conversions to help his team. Japan now head into a quarter-final against South Africa on Sunday and their wins, and the manner of their performances, have made World Cup rivals sit up and take notice.