Japan's wing Kenki Fukuoka (L) celebrates with teammates after winning the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Japan and Scotland at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on October 13, 2019. / AFP / William WEST
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The Brave Blossoms ran in a quartet of brilliant tries and withstood a late charge from the desperate Scots to be the improbable winners of Pool A and set up a last-eight clash with two-time champions South Africa.In an electric finale to the pool stage, Japan were 28-7 on 42 minutes after brilliant tries to Kotaro Matsushima, Keita Inagaki and Kenki Fukuoka's double, before Scotland clawed their way back with scores from W.P. Nel and Zander Fagerson.But in a game that was nearly canceled because of Typhoon Hagibis, which swept through Japan Saturday killing at least 26, Japan clung on to make it four wins from four in their pool.Earlier captain Siale Piutau enjoyed an emotional, try-scoring sendoff as Tonga beat the U.S. 31-19 to finish with their first win of the tournament.
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