Six try Scots get off to winning start

Scotland recorded a win in their first viagogo Autmn Test in front of a 32,680 strong crowd at Murrayfield today.

The hosts won 42-17 with six tries being credited to winger Tommy Seymour (2), scrum-half Greig Laidlaw, replacements, prop Al Dickinson and stand-off Duncan Weir and winger Sean Lamont.

For Weir and Seymour it was their first tries for their country. Laidlaw also added two penalties and a conversion as he topped the 200 points mark for his country. Weir added the extras to Lamont’s try, the final score of the match. For the 80-times capped winger it was his 12th try for Scotland.

Japan scored two tries this afternoon, with a brace from winger Kenki Fukuoka during a period early in the second-half, that at one stage saw the scoreboard at 18-17.

Al Dickinson scores v Japan

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Head coach Scott Johnson reflected on the match that ended well for the hosts and set-up next week’s clash with South Africa nicely (Sunday 17 November, kick-off 3pm, tickets available from this website).

He said: “It was a very tough test match and a reasonable spectacle I thought.

“The bright-side was every-time they scored a try we went down the other end and scored one back.”

Captain, Kelly Brown, added: “It was our first game and it's never absolutely spot on. This is a match we’ll look to build on and improve from.”

On his first outing at Murrayfield and third cap for Scotland Tim Swinson made quite an impression with some epic tackling and good forward running, that ultimately saw him pick up the man-of-the-match award.

Johnson continued: “Tim is a wonderful player. He has been superb and he has supported our faith in selecting him first up.

“It was great to see him out there playing great rugby. We don’t always agree on the man-of-the-match awards, but there was a consensus that the pundits got this one right.”

Tim Swinson man-of-the-match v Japan

Also making their first appearances in front of a home crowd were winger Seymour and replacement hooker, Pat MacArthur who came on for the last ten minutes.

Following the match it was confirmed that forwards Ryan Grant and Al Kellock were replaced having been concussed and that centre Matt Scott suffered a bang to the hand in the last play of the game.

viagogo Man-of-the-Match: Tim Swinson 

Scotland team: Sean Maitland; Tommy Seymour, Nick De Luca, Matt Scott, Sean Lamont; Ruaridh Jackson, Greig Laidlaw; Ryan Grant, Ross Ford, Euan Murray, Tim Swinson, Alastair Kellock, Alasdair Strokosch, Kelly Brown (captain) and David Denton.
Replacements: Pat MacArthur (for Ford, 70mins), Alasdair Dickinson (for Grant, 28mins), Geoff Cross (for Murray 73mins), Richie Gray (for Kellock, 57mins), John Barclay (for Strokosch, 70mins), Henry Pyrgos (for Pyrgos, 73mins), Duncan Weir (for Jackson, 65mins) and Duncan Taylor (for Maitland, 75mins).

Japan team: Ayumu Goromaru; Toshiaki Hirose, Male Sau, Craig Wing, Kenki Fukuoka; Kosei Ono, Fumiaki Tanaka; Masataka Mikami, Shota Horie, Kensuke Hatakeyama, Luke Thompson, Shinya Makabe, Hendrik Tui, Ryu Koliniasi Holani and Michael Broadhurst.
Replacements: Yusuke Aoki (for Horie, 70mins), Yusuke Nagae, Hiroshi Yamashita (for Hatakeyama, 33mins), Hitoshi Ono (for Makabe, 65mins), Takashi Kikutani (for Holani, 70mins), Atsushi Hiwasa (for Tanaka, 60mins), Yu Tamura (for Hiwasa, 71mins) and Yoshikazu Fujita.

Referee: J P Doyle (RFU)

Attendance: 32,680