Japan vs South Africa

Japan vs South Africa : South Africa’s Cheslin Kolbe has returned from an ankle injury to be named in the starting side for Sunday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against hosts Japan.

Kolbe scored twice against Italy but picked up an injury and was kept out of the Springboks’ final Pool B match against Canada as a precaution to ensure he was ready for the quarters.

Coach Rassie Erasmus had rotated his squad through the pool stages but has settled on the same match squad that played against Italy, with a 6-2 split between forwards and backs in the replacements.

“A lot of guys put up their hands and played really well, and we wanted to get some continuity into the team,” said Erasmus.

“There were a few difficult selections, but we felt given what we achieved against Italy and in the interests of combinations and continuity this was the best team to pick.

“The way Japan play is that they do exploit your tired and bigger forward defenders late in the first and second half so we think with our selection, two fresh forwards might nullify that space they want to use.”

He added that the selection of Bongi Mbonambi as the starting hooker with Malcolm Marx coming off the bench was due to the pace that they expected Japan to play.

Mbonambi was better suited for a tighter role while Marx would be better “when the game opened up.”

Captain Siya Kolisi will start his third match in succession, and play his fifth game at the tournament, after he returned from an injury-ravaged season in the Springboks’ tournament opener against the All Blacks.

“We will probably try and play the game at our pace, and they will try and play at theirs,” Erasmus said. “It will be a great tactical battle.

“There are a lot of expectations in a quarter-final and it’s who handles the pressure the best.”

South Africa: 1-Tendai Mtawarira, 2-Bongi Mbonambi, 3-Frans Malherbe, 4-Eben Etzebeth, 5-Lood de Jager, 6-Siya Kolisi (c), 7-Pieter-Steph du Toit, 8-Duane Vermeulen, 9-Faf de Klerk, 10-Handré Pollard,11-Makazole Mapimpi, 12-Damian de Allende, 13-Lukhanyo Am, 14-Cheslin Kolbe, 15-Willie Le Roux

Reserves: 16-Malcolm Marx, 17-Steven Kitshoff, 18-Vincent Koch, 19-RG Snyman, 20-Franco Mostert, 21-Francois Louw, 22-Herschel Jantjies, 23-Frans Steyn

Japan vs Scotland

Japan vs Scotland : Scotland’s must-win World Cup game against the hosts Japan – “the biggest match of our careers” – will go ahead, official tournament broadcasters have reported, after organisers inspected the stadium on Sunday morning to assess the damage caused by Typhoon Hagibis.

World Rugby issued the following statement after making the call to keep the crucial Pool A clash on: “The decision was taken following a comprehensive assessment of the venue and associated infrastructure on Sunday morning in partnership with the host city.

“World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee would like to thank everyone involved for their significant efforts to enable the match to be played as scheduled following one of the largest and most powerful typhoons to hit Japan in recent years.

The storm, the biggest to hit Japan’s capital in 61 years, shut down the city’s transport system and closed the two international airports. It had forced the cancellation of two Saturday matches, England’s group decider against France in Yokohama and New Zealand’s meeting with Italy in Toyota. Namibia’s match against Canada in Kamaishi was called off on safety grounds early on Sunday but Wales versus Uruguay and USA’s game with Tonga were given the green light by the tournament organisers.

Scottish Rugby were considering taking legal action if the match with Japan had been called off and not rescheduled. World Rugby officials visited the International Stadium in Yokohama, which has attracted two crowds of more than 63,000 this tournament, at 6am local time and were under pressure to give the go-ahead for a match that will determined the eighth quarter-finalists. Scotland need to win and deny Japan a bonus point to claim it.

Ireland had guaranteed their progress on Saturday with a bonus-point victory over Samoa. A Japan win would take the hosts back to the top of the group and give them a quarter-final against South Africa.

Before inspecting the conditions for the Japan v Scotland game, World Cup organisers released a statement on the other Sunday games. It read: “World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee have announced that today’s Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool C match between USA and Tonga at Hanazono (6.45am BST), and Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool D match between Wales and Uruguay at Kumamoto (9.15am BST) will go ahead as scheduled. The decision was taken following an assessment of the venue and associated infrastructure this morning in partnership with the respective host cities. World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee would like to thank everyone involved in getting the matches on.”

A statement on the Namibia v Canada game read: “Kamaishi is situated in a highly mountainous area, including mountains directly behind the main stand of the stadium. There have been landslides and flooding in the vicinity of the stadium and along access roads to the venue following torrential rain throughout the night. The safety of all involved in Rugby World Cup 2019 is our primary consideration and fans are advised not to travel to Kamaishi or the venue, which will be closed.”

Japan vs Scotland

Japan vs Scotland : Scotland’s crucial crunch match with Rugby World Cup hosts Japan will go ahead.The Rugby World Cup clash between Ireland’s Pool A rivals, Japan and Scotland, will go ahead as scheduled.World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee announced at 3pm (NZT) Sunday’s crucial match at Yokohama International Stadium will go ahead as scheduled.

There had been fears that the game would be called off owing to the impact of Typhoon Hagibis, so the hosts would go through to the quarter and Scotland miss out.As of 3pm NZT there are reports of the death toll in Japan rising to seven, with 15 people missing.

The game was given the go-ahead after tournament organisers carried out an inspection of the Yokohama Stadium where it is due to be played later today.The decisive Pool A match had been in doubt after two Saturday fixtures were cancelled due to safety concerns surrounding Typhoon Hagibis and after today’s game between Namibia and Canada in Kamaishi was called off because of damage caused in the area by the storm.

Today’s other two pool games between the United States and Tonga in Osaka and between Wales and Uruguay in Kumamoto will also go ahead after passing safety inspections.

Scotland kept their Rugby World Cup quarter-final hopes alive with a bonus point win over Russia. Gregor Townsend’s men ran in nine tries against the group whipping boys and now face the harder part of their task when they take on hosts Japan on Sunday – and thankfully it will go ahead after Typhoon Hagibis.

Under Rugby World Cup rules, any match cancelled by adverse weather conditions will be registered as a 0-0 draw, with two points awarded to both teams.

Scotland’s bonus point win over Russia means they still have a realistic chance of qualification.

But as Rugby World Cup groups are decided on head-to-head record rather than points difference, their task is still a challenging one.

Japan vs Scotland Live

Japan vs Scotland Live : Will this be the match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup? Both teams will fancy their chances in what looks likely to be a winner-takes-all battle for qualification into the quarter-finals. It looks set to be an enthralling match, and you can watch all the action live and in full in no matter where you are in the world, by following our Japan vs Scotland live stream guide below.

Japan go into the game with a 100% record and their fate in their own hands, while Scotland have to win to seal a place in the knockout phase.

The Scots will likely argue that they go into today’s game with less pressure on their shoulders than their opponents today who have the weight of being host nation resting on them.

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They’ll also be buoyed with their recent free-scoring displays which has seen them score an impressive 95 points in their last two matches. Furthermore, Head coach Gregor Townsend has the luxury of an almost full-strength squad at his disposal, with only Duncan Taylor an injury doubt going into today’s game.

You sense Japan will need to match the level of performance they gave against Ireland to see off the improving Scots. Can they pull off another shock and make it out of the pool stage for the first time in their history?

Japan vs Scotland Live

Japan vs Scotland Live : If Japan win – or lose by fewer than seven points and score four tries – they will top Pool A and face South Africa. Should they claim a losing bonus point, they will finish second and face New Zealand.

The final round of pool stage matches had already been interrupted, as England’s encounter with France, which was scheduled to be played a day earlier at the same venue, as well as New Zealand and Italy’s meeting in the city of Toyota, were both called off due to the severe conditions.

Sunday’s match between Canada and Namibia in Kamaishi was also cancelled, but Wales’ meeting with Uruguay and the USA’s clash with Tonga are set to go ahead as scheduled.

There had been fears that the game would be called off owing to the impact of Typhoon Hagibis, so the hosts would go through to the quarter and Scotland miss out.As of 3pm NZT there are reports of the death toll in Japan rising to seven, with 15 people missing.

The game was given the go-ahead after tournament organisers carried out an inspection of the Yokohama Stadium where it is due to be played later today.The decisive Pool A match had been in doubt after two Saturday fixtures were cancelled due to safety concerns surrounding Typhoon Hagibis and after today’s game between Namibia and Canada in Kamaishi was called off because of damage caused in the area by the storm.

Today’s other two pool games between the United States and Tonga in Osaka and between Wales and Uruguay in Kumamoto will also go ahead after passing safety inspections.

“The decision was taken following a comprehensive assessment of the venue and associated infrastructure on Sunday morning in partnership with the Host City,” organisers said in a statement.

“World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee would like to thank everyone involved for their significant efforts to enable the match to be played as scheduled following one of largest and most powerful typhoons to hit Japan in recent years.”

They also said fans should expect a significantly reduced level of spectator service and as a result are allowing them to bring in their own drinks – but non-alcoholic only.

Ireland beat Samoa yesterday to secure qualification from Pool A with 16 points and Scotland must win Sunday’s game to have any chance of joining them.

A win or draw for Japan, who have lost all seven of their previous games against the Scots, or a bonus point for losing within seven points if Scotland don’t get a bonus point, would send the host nation into the quarter-finals for the first time.

Japan vs Scotland

Japan vs Scotland : Scotland’s must-win final Pool A clash against Japan will go ahead as planned at 11.45am BST on Sunday, World Rugby has confirmed. The group game had been in doubt due to the threat of Typhoon Hagibis, but following a “detailed assessment” of the match venue at Yokohama’s International Stadium, the climax to Pool A with the hosts will take place as planned in front of a sell-out 70,000 crowd.

The Japan vs. Scotland clash in Yokohama was always one of the most talked about fixtures when the draw for the Rugby World Cup was made in Kyoto in 2017.And so it has proved, though sadly not always for the reasons most were hoping for.As was expected all those months ago, Pool A has become a three-way shootout with Japan, Scotland and Ireland vying for the two quarterfinal spots.

The arrival of Typhoon Hagibis and its ramifications, however, have overshadowed Sunday’s game, with the Scottish Rugby Union threatening World Rugby with legal action if the game is canceled and Scotland is prevented from having a shot at a spot in the quarterfinals.Japan heads into the final weekend with 14 points, while Ireland, which plays Samoa later Saturday, have 11 and Scotland 10 points.

Many variables abound involving bonus points and points difference, but in its simplest form, if Ireland beats Samoa, that would leave Scotland needing to beat Japan to make the last eight.But if Sunday’s game is called off, it would be declared a 0-0 draw with both sides getting two points and the Scots on the first flight home.

Scotland said the game should be played a day later if canceled. But World Rugby reminded the SRU late Friday night that “along with the 19 other teams, the Scottish Rugby Union signed the Rugby World Cup 2019 terms of participation, which clearly state in Section 5.3: ‘Where a pool match cannot be commenced on the day in which it is scheduled, it shall not be postponed to the following day, and shall be considered as cancelled.’ “

Whether the game will be played in front of a full house at International Stadium Yokohama or behind closed doors will be up to the authorities once they have assessed any damage and the potential risk of having so many people gather so soon after one of the biggest storms to ever hit Japan.

World Rugby said Saturday it will conduct venue inspections for Sunday’s matches “as soon as practically possible after the typhoon has passed and an update will be published as soon as that process has been undertaken in the morning.”For all concerned it will be a nervous wait, and particularly for the players as they try to remain focused on what coach Jamie Joseph has called the biggest match in Japanese rugby history.

On Saturday morning before the typhoon vented its full fury on the nation’s capital, the Brave Blossoms held a final training run at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground.

Not only was it a good chance to experience the soggy conditions the teams are likely to encounter on Sunday, but it was also indicative of the Japanese approach.Japan’s fitness has played a major role in them winning three games, as has their discipline and defense.

“Discipline is crucial when the game gets tight,” said Michael Leitch, who is back to full fitness and will lead the team on the day.“(Scrumhalf Yutaka) Nagare has been really aware of it this week — he lost his temper with the team in a recent training session (over discipline issues), so we’ve been preparing well in that area.”

The two teams have met seven times at full-test match level with the Scots winning all seven.The two most recent encounters saw the hosts defeated 26-13 and 21-16 in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, and Tokyo, respectively, and three previous encounters at World Cups (in 1991, 2003 and 2015) have seen the men in blue score 17 tries and concede just three.

Four years ago, Scotland was the only team to beat Japan and prop Keita Inagaki is using that memory as a way of motivating himself for the game.“I have never forgotten that feeling of defeat,” he said. “We played two tests against them a year later and I still remember the pain from those, too.”

As they did against Ireland, Inagaki and his fellow forwards will need to take the Scottish pack out of the equation and provide plenty of good ball for the backs to exploit.And they will need to play without the nerves that plagued them in the opening game against Russia and for spells against Samoa.

“Having courage is most important,” said Leitch. “There are those who get frightened as they near the try line, chickening out when they are faced with pressure. It’s important to prepare to face up to the pressure.”

Joseph has spent the week reminding his player what is at stake.“Lots of firsts this weekend: the first chance we have to make the top eight, the first chance to beat Scotland,” he said. “When you haven’t done something before it becomes hugely motivating, exciting and challenging for the team”

The Scotland coaches and players, like Japan, hope they can do their talking on the pitch.“Japan are top of the group and have played really good rugby. We just want the game to go ahead and qualify for the quarterfinals on merit,” said scrumhalf and captain Greig Laidlaw.

“Japan have improved greatly over the last four years and since we traveled here in 2016. You can see the growth in their game. Beating teams like Ireland does not happen by chance.”

As flyhalf Finn Russell pointed out, “There was a lot of hype around this game before we got here, knowing it would be the final group game. Japan have a lot of momentum and support behind them; we know what to expect.”

 

Japan vs Samoa Live

Japan vs Samoa Live : Tournament hosts Japan go into this weekend’s clash with Samoa as favourites after winning their last two meetings.

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But after the heartbreak of missing out on the quarterfinals four years ago, the Brave Blossoms know there’s still work left to do.

After beating Russia 30-10 and then stunning Ireland 19-12 to top Pool A, Japan will be hoping to take a giant step against the Samoans.

“We will be hoping to target the bonus point,” said winger Kotaro Matsushima, mindful that Scotland looms in their final group fixture.

“But first we have to make sure we get the job done and win the game.”

Samoa began with a comfortable 34-9 win over Russia but was hammered 34-0 by Scotland in their next game.

Japan coach Jamie Joseph insisted that will make the Pacific islanders dangerous opponents in Toyota on Saturday.

“They lost their game against Scotland and they’ll be hurting,” said the former All Black.

“They’ve had some tough times but they’re the sorts of things that usually bring the team tight together, so we’re expecting a really physical and tough game.”

Talismanic leader Michael Leitch returns to Japan’s back row after being dropped to the bench against Ireland.

That news clearly riled the Kiwi-born flank, who played like a man possessed when he came on after 30 minutes in Shizuoka.

Pieter Labuschagne retains the captaincy after an impressive first outing as skipper, but Joseph insisted Leitch was still the leader in the dressing room.

Japan coach Jamie Joseph has also recalled hooker Atsushi Sakate and second row Wimpie van der Walt.

Seilala Lam is one of six changes to the Samoa side beaten 34-0 by Scotland, the hooker joining his brother Jack, the captain and No 8, in the Pacific Islanders’ line-up.

The squad received a special guest on Thursday as Samoa’s Prime Minister Aiono Sailele visited them at their training camp.

Japan:15 Ryohei Yamanaka, 14 Kotaro Matsushima, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Ryoto Nakamura, 11 Lomano Lemeki, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Yutaka Nagare; 1 Keita Inagaki, 2 Atsushi Sakate, 3 Jiwon Koo, 4 Wimpie van der Walt, 5 James Moore, 6 Michael Leitch, 7 Pieter Labuschagne (c), 8 Kazuki Himeno.

Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Isileli Nakajima, 18 Asaeli Ai Valu, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Hendrik Tui, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Rikiya Matsuda, 23 Kenki Fukuoka.

Samoa: Tim Nanai-Williams, Ah See Tuala, Alapati Leiua, Henry Taefu, Ed Fidow, Ulupano Seuteni, Dwayne Polataivao; Jordan Lay, Seilala Lam, Michael Alaalatoa, Piula Faasalele, Kane Leaupepe, Chris Vui, TJ Ioane, Jack Lam (c).

Replacements: 16 Ray Niuia, 17 Paul Alo-Emile, 18 James Lay, 19 Senio Toleafoa, 20 Josh Tyrell, 21 Pele Cowley, 22 Tusi Pisi, 23 Kieron Fonotia.

Japan vs Samoa Live

Japan vs Samoa Live : One step at a time. Japan will be one closer to Rugby World Cup history if it beats Samoa on Saturday. Every rugby team tries to do it, but Japan appears to have taken care of the little things better than most.

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In striving for such a monumental achievement of becoming the first Asian team to reach the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals, Japan has invested heavily in every tiny department of its on-field preparations at its home tournament. And they have been as exact as a Tokyo-Osaka bullet train timetable.

Sure, it helps hugely when the players also display a ferocious overall commitment to the cause, as the Japanese did on attack and defense in the shocking upset of Ireland in their last game in Shizuoka to leave them with two wins from two in Pool A.

But Japan’s growing success at the Rugby World Cup appears to be built on many small blocks.

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The Herald will have live updates of the match from 11:15pm. Spark Sport coverage starts at 11:00pm. Kickoff is at 11:30pm.

Like coach Jamie Joseph identifying that Japan’s humidity this time of year and the resultant extra-slippery ball will make it tough for most other teams to pass and catch. So, Japan has thrown lots and lots of passes, trusting its familiarity with the conditions to give it the edge and never giving a bigger, stronger team like Ireland a moment’s peace.

There are other things: Defense coach Scott Hansen, like Joseph a New Zealander, drilling the team to get two men to make every tackle. That’ll give the smaller Japanese players a better chance of stopping the opposition but also help them swarm the breakdown. That led, Hansen said, to a 93% tackle efficiency against Ireland.

The team, brilliantly drilled, is also electrifying when it plays to the game-plan. The 19-12 victory over Ireland, after being 12-3 down against one of the world’s top teams, threw nearly 50,000 people at Shizuoka Stadium, and much of a country still getting to grips with rugby, into ecstasy.

The final piece of Japan’s preparation for that Ireland game was captain Labuschagne putting on a movie, “The Pursuit of Happyness” with Will Smith, for the players to watch the night before. Yes, Labuschagne planned it in advance. Labuschagne is South Africa-born but he’s been in Japan long enough to adjust.

And it’s important to note the word “Happyness” is intentionally misspelled in the movie title. It’s an integral part of an inspiring plot. The delight of the movie is in the detail, you see.

Japan vs Samoa

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.

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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.

Teams
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.

Japan vs Samoa Live

Japan vs Samoa Live : It is easy to forget that Samoa head into Saturday night’s Pool A clash against Japan with their destiny still in their own hands, however remote that possibility may seem after their 34-0 shellacking by Scotland last week.

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With a squad already stretched thin by injuries and suspension, the prospect of a five-day turnaround against the host nation is likely to be a bridge too far for Steve Jackson’s team.

Effectively, they are playing for pride, an expression usually patronisingly applied to underdogs, but which has real meaning to Samoa.

From a club’s perspective, signing a player heading to the World Cup is not an attractive proposition. Not only will they be absent for up to 10 weeks in warm-up camps and the tournament itself, but they are likely to arrive at the club battered and bruised.

So Lam – and many other players for tier-two countries – face an unenviable choice: contract or country. Protect your livelihood by announcing your international retirement or run the gauntlet of playing in the World Cup and see what comes up afterwards.

That is also the situation in which second row Filo Paulo found himself after being released by London Irish in the summer.

Paulo does not blame the clubs. From their perspective it is a pure business decision based on a risk-reward ratio, yet it is once again indicative of the handicaps tier-two countries continue to face.

“It is just the way it is,” Paulo said. “You just have to control what you can control. The guys before us have tried to make things fairer, but it is quite hard.”

Head coach Jackson has made six changes to the side who lost to Scotland in Kobe, including a new half-back pairing of Dwayne Polataivao and Ulupano Seuteni. There is also the possibility that two sets of brothers will take the field at the same time.

Captain Jack Lam and hooker Seilala will both start the match at the City of Toyota Stadium, while Jordan Lay starts at loosehead with his brother James on the bench.

“They’re the host nation and they’ve got a lot of backing obviously, so that’s a good opportunity for us,” Alistair Rogers, the assistant coach, said. “What better than to have a short turnaround and to play the host nation? We’re looking forward to that challenge.”