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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).
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.
FULL-TIME: Japan 3-26 South Africa
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...
79'- The Boks with one last attacking foray in the red zone...
The official MAN-OF-THE-MATCH is Bok scrumhalf Faf de Klerk.
Well, not sure I agree totally with that...
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.
75'- METRES MADE ON ATTACK
73'- Bok sub: Jantjies on at scrumhalf for De Klerk.
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.
71'- Bok sub: Steyn on for Kolbe.
70'- Pollard misses with his conversion attempt.
Japan 3-26 SA
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.
69'- TRY to the Springboks as Makazole Mapimpi scores in the corner! His second try of the match.
68'- But great work from Du Toit as he steals the Japan lineout.
67'- Japan now with a rare attacking chance in the second half as they set up a lineout in the red zone.
67'- Bok sub: Louw on for Vermeulen.
66'- Bok sub: Mostert on at lock for De Jager.
65'- CONVERSION slotted by Pollard.
Japan 3-21 SA
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!
63'- PENALTIES CONCEDED
63'- PENALTY slotted by Pollard.
Japan 3-14 SA
62'- Bok sub: Snyman on at lock for Etzebeth.
61'- Another Bok penalty after a high tackle on De Klerk. It's in the middle of the park, about 35m out.
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.
57' - Pollard pulls his penalty attempt to the left...
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.
53'- Bok prop subs: Koch and Kitshoff on, Mtawarira and Malherbe off.
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.
48'- PENALTY slotted by Pollard.
Japan 3-11 SA
47' - The Boks win another scrum penalty. Surely Pollard will line up a shot at goal.
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.
44'- Japan winger Kotaro Matsushima
perhaps also lucky not to see at least yellow for an aerial collision with Mapimpi...
43' - PENALTY slotted by Pollard.
Japan 3-8 SA
41'- A power scrum sees the Boks win a penalty. Pollard will line up a shot at goal.
Japan flyhalf Yu Tamura restarts proceedings.
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.