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Rugby: Japan lead Scotland 21-7 at halftime of World Cup showdown

Japan's Kotaro Matsushima scores a try during the Rugby World Cup Pool A game at International Stadium between Japan and Scotland in Yokohama, Japan, on Oct. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Japan's Kenki Fukuoka crosses for his team's third try during the Rugby World Cup Pool A game at International Stadium between Japan and Scotland in Yokohama, Japan, on Oct. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) -- Japan were leading Scotland 21-7 at halftime of their Rugby World Cup showdown Sunday in Yokohama, a game that will determine who advances to the knockout stage.

    Scotland struck first as Finn Russell found a gap in the defense to score a try in the 6th minute. It did not take long for Japan to strike back, with Kotaro Matsushima, Keita Inagaki and Kenki Fukuoka going over the line and Yu Tamura kicking the conversions.

    Either a win or a draw will place Japan at the top of Pool A and earn them a spot in their first quarterfinals. Even if defeated, the Brave Blossoms can still advance by getting more bonus points -- awarded for scoring four or more tries or losing by seven points or less -- than Scotland.

    Japan's Keita Inagaki scores a try during the Rugby World Cup Pool A game at International Stadium between Japan and Scotland in Yokohama, Japan, on Oct. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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