2019/11/23 01:27:01
02:24:17PM

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The Springboks will play Wales next Sunday in the semi-finals (11:00 SA time), while England and New Zealand will clash to determine the second finalist on Saturday, October 26 (10:00 SA time).

02:22:20PM
Mission accomplished by the Springboks. They played the right game plan in trying to keep things as slow as possible. The Boks dominated Japan physically and bossed the set-pieces. However, their error-count needs to improve if they are to get the better of Wales in the semi-finals.
02:19:43PM
FULL-TIME: Japan 3-26 South Africa
02:19:24PM
80'- After 10 phases of attack, the Boks are forced backwards and Pollard decides to put and end to proceedings as he boots it into the stands...
02:17:38PM
79'- The Boks with one last attacking foray in the red zone...
02:16:54PM

The official MAN-OF-THE-MATCH is Bok scrumhalf Faf de Klerk.

Well, not sure I agree totally with that...

02:15:03PM
76'- Le Roux does well to collect a cross-kick from Pollard. He then passes in-field to Kolisi who unfortunately knocks it on. Another golden try-scoring chance gone begging.
02:13:31PM

75'- METRES MADE ON ATTACK

Japan 242m

SA 285m

02:10:32PM
73'- Bok sub: Jantjies on at scrumhalf for De Klerk.
02:09:52PM
73'- Yes the Springboks will win this game, but the performance of scrumhalf Faf de Klerk needs to be talked about. The execution of his box kicks has been appalling for most of this game. We all know this was the plan today, but against Wales the execution will need to drastically improve.
02:07:34PM
71'- Bok sub: Steyn on for Kolbe.
02:06:55PM

70'- Pollard misses with his conversion attempt.

Japan 3-26 SA

02:06:21PM
It was a great backline move from the Boks, who pounced on a loose ball. Some good work on attack from Pollard and Le Roux to put Mapimpi away.
02:05:31PM
69'- TRY to the Springboks as Makazole Mapimpi scores in the corner! His second try of the match.
02:04:15PM
68'- But great work from Du Toit as he steals the Japan lineout.
02:03:38PM
67'- Japan now with a rare attacking chance in the second half as they set up a lineout in the red zone.
02:02:06PM
67'- Bok sub: Louw on for Vermeulen.
02:01:19PM
66'- Bok sub: Mostert on at lock for De Jager.
02:00:49PM

65'- CONVERSION slotted by Pollard.

Japan 3-21 SA

02:00:17PM
64'- TRY to the Springboks as Faf de Klerk rounds off next to the posts! It came after Marx broke loose from a powerful driving maul of over 50 metres!
01:58:04PM

63'- PENALTIES CONCEDED

Japan 7

SA 7

01:56:13PM

63'- PENALTY slotted by Pollard.

Japan 3-14 SA

01:55:14PM
62'- Bok sub: Snyman on at lock for Etzebeth.
01:54:50PM
61'- Another Bok penalty after a high tackle on De Klerk. It's in the middle of the park, about 35m out.
01:51:56PM

59'- Yes, they're kicking a lot, but the Springboks are playing this game in the right areas of the field, forcing Japan to try and run from deep.

And it appears as though the energy has gone out of the hosts game.

01:49:46PM
57' - Pollard pulls his penalty attempt to the left...
01:49:11PM

56'- Another Bok power scrum yields another penalty. It's about 45m out.

That's the advantage the Boks have with two world-class props on the bench.

01:45:13PM
53'- Bok prop subs: Koch and Kitshoff on, Mtawarira and Malherbe off.
01:42:16PM
51'- For all their inaccuracies, the Springboks have taken control of this game and should be able to close it out from here. Calm heads needed.
01:39:20PM

48'- PENALTY slotted by Pollard.

Japan 3-11 SA

01:38:23PM
47' - The Boks win another scrum penalty. Surely Pollard will line up a shot at goal.
01:37:35PM

46' - Du Toit is over in the corner for South Africa but the referee calls him back for a forward pass from Le Roux.

It was set up by a great turnover won in the red zone by De Allende, but it was a shocking pass by Le Roux.

His skills have been poor today. Enough said.

01:34:53PM
44'- Japan winger Kotaro Matsushima perhaps also lucky not to see at least yellow for an aerial collision with Mapimpi...
01:33:47PM

43' - PENALTY slotted by Pollard.

Japan 3-8 SA

01:33:07PM
41'- A power scrum sees the Boks win a penalty. Pollard will line up a shot at goal.
01:29:47PM
Japan flyhalf Yu Tamura restarts proceedings.
01:29:15PM
Welcome back for the second period. The Springboks will have to make better use of their opportunities if they want to avoid boarding a plane back home tomorrow.
01:24:08PM

TACKLES MISSED

Japan 5

SA 12

01:23:56PM

TACKLES MADE

Japan 31

SA 91