In a massive victory for Japanese Rugby over the odds, the Brave Blossoms faced the Springboks in Quarter Final 4.
Such excitement and fast paced play was the order of the day. The Brave Blossoms came out all guns blazing. Looking sharp and clinical. Offload after offload stuck and Japan looked good for an upset.
Uncharacteristic errors plagued the Springboks in the first half. The immense noise of the home crowd certainly off putting.
At the break the score was 5 -3 to the Boks and momentum was in the favour of Japan.
What ever was said during the half time chat in the Springbok change room needs to be bottled and sold for millions. A different Springboks team came out in the second half.
Smart and clinical rugby, that we have come to expect of South Africa, characterised their performance in the second stanza.
What felt like a 400 metre rolling maul was a massive highlight for forwards everywhere.
Japan was held scoreless for the final 40 minutes and the Boks were relentless in their score board pressure. Taking point whenever on offer, increasing pressure at set piece and running Japan ragged changed the game.
Japan will be disappointed with their exit, but should hold their heads high after an exceptional World Cup.
South Africa will be licking their lips at the prospect of taking on Wales after they failed to put a 14 man French side to the sword. Springboks are looking good for a solid November 2 appearance.
Final Score: Japan 3 – South Africa 26