Laidlaw steers Scotland to series victory

Greig Laidlaw kicks a penalty for Scotland

Japan (13) 16
Try: Shigeno Con: Tamura Pens: Tamura 3
Scotland (9) 21
Pens: Pyrgos 3, Laidlaw 4

Captain Greig Laidlaw came on to kick four penalties as Scotland snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to deny Japan and seal a 2-0 series win.

Two penalties from his replacement Henry Pyrgos put Scotland 6-3 ahead.

But a stunning 90m try, finished by Japan scrum-half Kaito Shigeno, helped the hosts lead 13-9 at the interval.

Scotland changed their entire front row and soon brought on Laidlaw, who landed four kicks from the 52nd minute as superb defence denied the hosts.

More to follow.

Japan: Riyika Matsuda, Male Sau, Tim Bennetts, Harumichi Tatekawa, Yasutaka Sasakura, Yu Tamura, Kaito Shigeno; Keita Inagaki, Shota Horie (captain), Kensuke Hatakeyama; Hitoshi Ono, Naohiro Kotaki; Hendrik Tui, Shokei Kin, Amanaki Mafi.

Replacements: Takeshi Kizu (for Horie, 61) Masataka Mikami (for Inagaki, 71), Shinnosuke Kakinaga (for Hatakeyama, 61), Kotaro Yatabe (for Ono, 66), Ryu Koliniasi Holani, Keisuke Uchida (for Shigeno, 62), Kosei Ono (61), Mifiposeti Paea.

Scotland: Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Matt Scott, Peter Horne, Sean Maitland, Ruaridh Jackson, Henry Pyrgos (capt), Rory Sutherland, Stuart McInally, Moray Low, Richie Gray, Jonny Gray, Josh Strauss, John Barclay, Ryan Wilson.

Replacements: Fraser Brown (for McInally, 41), Gordon Reid (for Sutherland, 41), Willem Nel (for Low, 41), Tim Swinson (for Barclay, 68), John Hardie (for Wilson, 44), Greig Laidlaw (for Pyrgos, 50), Huw Jones (for Jackson, 58), Sean Lamont (for Maitland, 80).

Attendance: 34,073

Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)

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