Japan v South Africa in World Cup quarter-finals

Posted at 10:2310:23’Disastrous start from Japan’Japan 0-5 South AfricaPaul GraysonFormer England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 LiveAbsolute power from South Africa. Fair play to Japan, they tried to stay in the scrummage but Faf de Klerk passed it to Mapimpe, it was man-on-man, but unfortunately the man in front of him, Tamura, he was absolutely…

‘Disastrous start from Japan’

Japan 0-5 South Africa

Paul Grayson

Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 Live

Absolute power from South Africa. Fair play to Japan, they tried to stay in the scrummage but Faf de Klerk passed it to Mapimpe, it was man-on-man, but unfortunately the man in front of him, Tamura, he was absolutely straight through him and it was an easy run-in. Disastrous start from Japan.

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Japan v South Africa (11:15 BST)

Captain Siya Kolisi leads his side in belting out the South African anthem. And now we’re moments away from kick-off…

The teams

Japan v South Africa (11:15 BST)

Japan make one injury-enforced change as Ryohei Yamanaka slots in at full-back in place of Will Tupou. Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus has recalled front-rowers Tendai Mtawarira and Bongi Mbonambi in the hope their extra muscle up front will be enough to overpower the hosts.

Japan: Yamanaka; Matsushima, Lafaele, Nakamura, Fukuoka; Tamura, Nagare; Inagaki, Horie, Koo, Thompson, Moore, Leitch (c), Labuschagne, Himeno.

Replacements: Sakate, Nakajima, Ai Valu, Van der Walt, Lelei Mafi, Tanaka, Matsuda, Lava Lemeki.

South Africa: Le Roux: Kolbe, Am, De Allende, Mapimpi; Pollard, De Klerk, Mtawarira, Mbonambi, Malherbe, Etzebeth, De Jager, Kolisi (c), Du Toit, Vermeulen.

Replacements: Marx, Kitschoff, Koch, Snyman, Mostert, Louw, H Jantjies, Steyn.

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Japan v South Africa (11:15 BST)

As with all the quarter-finals, there will be a moment’s pause to remember those who lost their lives during Typhoon Hagibis last weekend.

‘They’ve already won for me’

Japan v South Africa (11:15 BST)

Paul Grayson

Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 Live

Japan have already won for me in this tournament, particularly in the face of that disastrous typhoon last weekend. It might be the last roll of the dice from them in this tournament but if they play the way they play, stick to what they’re good at, they could give the South Africans a game.

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