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.