Japan pray for new 'miracle' in Springbok showdown

Japan pray for new 'miracle' in Springbok showdown”

Neither Japan nor South Africa has really focused on that result this week. "Everyone talked about it, but we're a different team, different players". "The great thing about our boys is they don't give up", Wales coach Warren Gatland said.

Genuine via the two aspects' first ever meeting, Japan beat South Africa 34-32 in the 2015 Rugby World Cup pool phases, that can present them tall self belief about asserting their noteworthy flee.

The concern over Japan is that they are a highly programmed side. "Then you figure out the style of game you're going to play, how you think the opposition will play and you end up with the 23 that we're all excited and comfortable with for this match".

It is a pleasure to behold, and Japan's four tries in their final pool victory over Scotland came in a purple patch that represented the most entertaining segment of rugby played so far at the tournament. The try (Finn) Russell scored in the Scotland game started off with my mistake so I really felt responsible, and I feel they'll look to attack me in the next game, as well as near the try-line.

Handre Pollard is prepared to take the points whenever they are on offer as the Springboks plot course to the semi-finals.

"We sent the message to the world that Japan has the quality to break into Tier 1 (with the top nations)", Himeno said.

"We'll carry the emotions of our fans but it's something we should feel after executing our game".

"Now it's a different game again". We are going to have to be at our best again, because they have really improved as a team - they are much better now than four years ago.

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"Personally as an "ex old rugby player", South Africa are a team I respected the most as a player and that's because of the close rivalry over many years between New Zealand in Test matches in the past, something we got brought up with as kids".

The big question is who is best prepared for a one-off knockout game.

Kolisi added: "Luckily for us, it's been do-or-die since the first game, so we've been in that mindset for a couple of weeks now".

"There could be some guys we could all pick and then you come down to your combinations to finish it off".

His opposite number, Yu Tamura, did not have a game to remember back in September. The team that led the world rankings at the start of the tournament were unable to control the pace of the game, their fabric unravelling to the point where their staples of scrum, lineout and maul offered no comfort.

Before each match, Michael Leitch and his Japan squad have left the field in a battle-like formation after their warmup, each man in widening ranks behind the captain and with his right hand gripping the shoulder of the teammate in front.

Jones said the objective for Japan was to go on and reach the quarter-finals after downing the two-time champions, but they fell agonisingly short. The victor goes on and the loser bows out.

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