Duhan van der Merwe scores a try on Lions debut

Warriors-bound Scotland wing Duhan van der Merwe marked his British and Irish Lions debut with a try in the 28-10  win over Japan at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Van der Merwe, who will officially become a Warriors player on July 1, picked up at the back of a ruck and nipped in for the second of the Lions’   tries after 18 minutes.

The match, a warm-up for the tour of South Africa, proved a useful workout for the Lions although it may have come at a cost as captain Alun Wyn Jones, the Wales lock, suffered an injury his right arm which forced him out of the action after only eight minutes.

Wales and former Warriors wing Josh Adams went over the opening try with Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw crossing after 23 minutes to give the Lions a 21-0 lead at the break.

Flanker Tadhg Beirne got the fourth try – all converted by Dan Biggar – early in the second half but Japan rallied strongly and Kazuki Himeno was driven over from a lineout with Yu Tamura adding the conversion followed by a penalty.