Japan v South Africa: Rugby World Cup 2019, quarter-final – live!


77 min: Both benches now emptied. Matsushima makes a little dart, again trying to run the ball out of the Japan 22. On the bench, the SA players are shaking hands and starting their celebrations. De Klerk, quite rightly, is Player of the Match. He made 36 passes and scored one try, and was right at the heart of everything the Boks did.

South Africa will meet Wales next Sunday for a place in the final. England v New Zealand will take place on Saturday.

75 min: Anyway, Japan have made history by becoming the first Asian quarter-finalists at a Rugby World Cup. They have been outclassed and overpowered in this second half but what memories they’ve given us at this tournament. South Africa rumble through a few more phases around the Japan 22, there is a cross-kick by Pollard, but then a knock-on.

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Written by Luke McLaughlin
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