Japan eager to scare Boks

2015-09-14 15:31
Hitoshi Ono (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Japan lock Hitoshi Ono says they want to instil fear into the Springboks when the teams clash in their Rugby World Cup clash in Brighton on Saturday.

"When you step out onto the field at a Rugby World Cup the atmosphere is incredible," Japan's most capped player told the official Rugby World Cup website.

"It comes down to how you take it all in. Do you let it get to you and shrivel up, or do you enjoy it and feed off it?

"If you learn to have fun, it will fire you up and fired up is what we want to be when we take on South Africa. We're going to stay low when we tackle, we're going to keep reloading and push the South African players all the way to the end to a point where they become scared of us.

"If we can do that, I'm sure the fans in England will get behind Japan and we want to use that as motivation."

The 37-year-old Ono is set to appear in his third consecutive Rugby World Cup, hoping to end Japan's 24-year wait for a win in the competition.

Apart from facing South Africa, Japan will also face Scotland, Samoa and the USA in Pool B.

Saturday’s clash at Brighton Community Stadium is scheduled for17:45 (SA time).

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