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02:17:09PM

MATCH REPORT

02:16:25PM

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Japan will open the 2019 Rugby World Cup in exactly two weeks against Russia, while the Springboks' next assignment is against the All Blacks on Saturday, September 21 in what should be a mouth-watering clash.

02:15:20PM

GOOD FIRST 40, SCRAPPY SECOND HALF

The Boks will be happy with their first half effort, but will need to relook at their second half performance, despite running in a couple of late tries which blew out the scoreline and flattered the visitors somewhat.

02:10:48PM

REVENGE!

That puts the 4-year heartache of Brighton 2015 to bed in emphatic fashion.

02:10:11PM

CONVERSION IS ... GOOD!

Steyn converts to wrap up victory for the Springboks.

02:09:47PM

THAT MAN JANTJIES!

No stopping Herschel Jantjies who scores for 14-man South Africa.

02:08:51PM

TRY!

02:07:16PM

LAST 3 MINUTES

Time's almost up.

02:06:55PM

OH DEAR

Wicked bounce of the ball sees Japan denied a near-certain second five-pointer as it bounces into touch with Japan on attack.

02:03:36PM

KOLBE GETS A DOUBLE

With Japan on attack, a wayward pass sees Cheslin Kolbe intercept and sprint 70m to score his second of the match.

Frans Steyn converts from in front.

02:02:12PM

TRY!

02:00:46PM

FLO SEES YELLOW

Referee Berry has had enough of the Boks' infringements as replacement loose forward Francois Louw sees yellow.

01:59:56PM

MORE MISTAKES

Mistakes in the Boks' game continue as Japan attack as the clock ticks past the 70-minute mark

01:57:46PM

BAD START

Frans Steyn and Herschel Jantjies struggling to have much impact after their introductions to the match.

Aimless kicking and knock-ons the order of the day thus far.

01:55:51PM

SCRAPPY

The Test has turned a little scrappy as kicks go out on the full (De Allende) and penalties are conceded (Jantjies)

01:53:23PM

SO CLOSE

Pieter-Steph du Toit very nearly intercepts in his 50th Test.

The try was on for all money!

01:51:24PM

NYAKANE OFF

Replacement Trevor Nyakane limps off having come on as a substitute not long ago. Some sort of leg complaint.

Frans Malherbe re-enters the field of play.

01:47:35PM

FANS IN GOOD VOICE

Thrilled by their team's try, the Japanese crowd begin a Mexican Wave

01:46:15PM

DID YOU KNOW ... ?

Kotaro Matsushima was in fact born in Pretoria!

01:45:46PM

CONVERSION IS ... GOOD!

Yu Tamura converts the try

01:45:15PM
Horrible mix-up in the Springboks' backline sees Japan come away with the ball and there's no stopping Kotaro Matsushima as he dots down for his 17th Test try
01:44:18PM

TRY TO JAPAN!

01:43:24PM

STEYN ON

Frans Steyn trots on to the field, replacing Handre Pollard as the match enters its final quarter.

01:39:01PM

NEW FRONT ROW

Numbers 1-2-3 are replaced by the Springboks as Bongi, Beast and Trevor enter the fray

01:37:30PM

CONVERSION IS ... MISSED

Poor miss it must be said by Pollard

01:37:00PM

That's THREE tries now for flying wing Makazole Mapimpi as he burns the defence down the far left-hand touchline

01:36:09PM

HAT-TRICK FOR MAPIMPI!


01:33:17PM

RELENTLESS

Japan pound away at the Boks' tryline, up to phase 14 now, but Kolisi turns the ball over and SA win a penalty.

Impressive stuff by SA

01:32:10PM

DEFENCE WINS WORLD CUPS

And the Boks are showing that in spades today as they repel wave after wave of Japanese attack

01:29:19PM

LINEOUT

Japan slow things down and set up a lineout 5m from the Springboks' tryline as No 8 Amanaki Mafi  limps off

01:28:16PM

PENALTIES MOUNT

Referee Berry have a word with skipper Siya Kolisi as the penalty tally mounts against the visitors

01:27:32PM

STRONG START

Japan look full of exterprise early in the second stanza as they drive forward in search of their first points

01:23:39PM

CHANGES

Japan have made half-time changes to their front-row and lock pairing

01:22:21PM

READY TO RUMBLE!

The second half is about to get under way

01:07:50PM

*** HALF-TIME ***

The half-time whsitle sounds at the Kumagaya Sports Culture Park with South Africa comfortably ahead 22-0 at the break.

01:06:08PM

LAST CHANCE OF THE HALF

Japan win a penalty but elect to set up a lineout as the HT hooter sounds

01:03:48PM

PENALTY

Pollard slots a penalty to stretch the Springboks' lead

01:01:37PM