Japan vs Samoa : Japan’s start to their 2019 Rugby World Cup party could not have gone any better. As hosts, they would still deem it a failure if they did not reach their pre-tournament target of the quarter-finals.
Coming into the World Cup on a wave of confidence following their breakthrough victory over South Africa at RWC 2015, Japan took another Tier 1 scalp on 28 September, beating Ireland in a rapturous Shizuoka.
They now have to beat Samoa and Scotland to be sure of a quarter-final place in Tokyo. First up are the Pacific Islanders who will be fighting to keep their hopes alive in Toyota following a demoralising defeat by Scotland.
How can I live stream it?
You can live stream the match via the ITV Hub on your smartphone, laptop or tablet. ITV1 will also be broadcasting the clash.
What time does it start?
Japan vs Samoa kicks off at 7.30pm Japan Standard Time, which is 11.30am BST, on Saturday 5 October.
“They had some tough times but these are the sorts of things that usually bring the team tight together, and so we’re expecting a really physical and tough game,” said Japan coach Jamie Joseph. Samoa succumbed to Japan 26-5 in their third pool game this time four years ago. So this is is abit of a grudge match.
Kick off time: Lunch time treats, it all kicks off at 12:30 on 5 October 2019 . All the action is live on SuperSport 1.
For the RWC, we’ll be using a prediction algorithm from a New Zealand anorak.
Prediction: It’s not an easy call, but Japan are favourites – between nine and 12 points.
Japan XV: Ryohei Yamanaka, Kotaro Matsushima, Timothy Lafaele, Ryoto Nakamura, Lomano Lemeki, Yu Tamura, Yutaka Nagare; Kazuki Himeno, Pieter Labuschagne (C), Michael Leitch, James Moore, Wimpie van der Walt, Jiwon Koo, Atsushi Sakate, Keita Inagaki.
Samoa XV: Tim Nanai-Williams, Ah See Tuala, Alapati Leiua, Henry Taefu, Ed Fidow, Ulupano Seuteni, Dwayne Polataivao; Jack Lam (C), TJ Ioane, Chris Vui, Kane Le’aupepe, Piula Faasalele, Michael Alaalatoa, Seilala Lam, Jordan Lay.