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That's it folks.
The group stages are done and dusted and it's knockout rugby time.
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Fantastic achievement by the Brave Blossoms.
They add USA to Samoa and SOUTH AFRICA as their World Cup victims.
USA go home without a win or a point in the competition...
Goromaru gets the ball and hacks it out of the ground.
Japan seal win number 3!
79' Japan give away a penalty but their quick tap is well tackled.
Another turnover in the next phase!
90 seconds left and USA knock it on...
I think this one is all over!
77' USA attack but Ngwenya is given no space.
The crowd chanting "USA USA USA"..
76' It's over! Goromaru holds his nerve.
74' Japan's attack going nowhere but now have penalty advantage.
Coming in from the side is the call.
Goromaru with the chance to all but seal the win...
71' USA score!
70' Fantastic breakout by the USA.
In two phases they move deep into Japan's 22m.
Can they reduce the deficit?
67' USA survive sustained period of play without letting in any further points.
Mafi scores after a simple lineout move.
He made that tackle on Ngwenya earlier and now adds a try to his name.
What a super sub he is turning out to be.
57' Ngwenya brilliantly taken down as he was galloping down the right hand flank.
A game defining tackle maybe...
USA trail by nine points against. 25 minutes to play.
53' Naughty from the Japanese lock as he holds on on the ground.
MacGinty with a kick at goal to reduce the gap.
52' A frantic passage of play ends with the USA hooker coughing up the ball.
Frantic attack by the Eagles who are desperate to score next to try get back into this contest.
50' Lucky escape for America on attack.
Jackson yells advantage over and the knock on by the USA is immediate - Jackson awards them the scrum for the original knock anyway...
48' Goromaru again saves the day for Japan with a lovely clearance kick.
In the face of three charging Americans, he hoofs to clear.
46' MacGinty with the mistake as USA attacked the Japan line. The ball is knocked on.
The Blossoms will have the scrum put in about 10m from their own line.
The flags go up and the crowd goes wild.
Japan lead by 20 points to 8.
USA look flat, can they find a way back into this one?
41' Japan continue where they left off in the first half.
Start well and full of running and they win the penalty.
Goromaru will have a shot at goal.
Another fantastic @rugbyworldcup game @gloucesterrugby Kingsholm in front of #TheShed! Brave Blossoms leading v USA pic.twitter.com/QyWyV4AbQz— Thinus Delport (@thinusdelport) October 11, 2015
Another fantastic @rugbyworldcup game @gloucesterrugby Kingsholm in front of #TheShed! Brave Blossoms leading v USA pic.twitter.com/QyWyV4AbQz
The most incredible sunset before the game at Kingsholm #RWC2015 #Japan #USA pic.twitter.com/bMqojfomUe— Hayley Mortimer (@HayleyMortimer) October 11, 2015
The most incredible sunset before the game at Kingsholm #RWC2015 #Japan #USA pic.twitter.com/bMqojfomUe
Former Saracens fly-half Glenn Jackson doing a great job as ref of USA v Japan match #USAvJPN— Glos Gazette (@glosgazette) October 11, 2015
Former Saracens fly-half Glenn Jackson doing a great job as ref of USA v Japan match #USAvJPN
#JPN full-back @goro_15 moves to 52 points for the tournament, eight behind #SCO captain Greig Laidlaw #USAvJPN pic.twitter.com/d1m5cJBRtB— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 11, 2015
#JPN full-back @goro_15 moves to 52 points for the tournament, eight behind #SCO captain Greig Laidlaw #USAvJPN pic.twitter.com/d1m5cJBRtB
Japan lead 17-8 at the break.
Is win number three on the way?
39' Fierce defending by the Blossoms and USA fail to secure the ball from the maul.
Japan have 30 seconds to see out the half.
37' Japan create their own headaches after falling to clear a deep kick.
They give away a 5m scrum after being caught in their own deadball line.
Holani with a mammoth hit on Petrie.
The USA number 9 does well to get up after that nasty blow.
34' Goromaru doing well now.
His clearance from the restart goes past the halfway line. His forwards will appreciate that nudge.
31' Japan bossing this encounter now.
They are having no trouble with the ball in hand - the confidence is at an all time high it appears.
Ayumu Goromaru makes no mistake with the conversion.
Japan lead by 6 points.
That's it! Japan hold on to win! They become the first team ever to win three World Cup pool games and not qualify for the quarter-finals. Thanks for joining us, cheers.
USA 18-28 JAPAN
Desperate times for the USA but Wyles takes a quick tap penalty to launch an attack just outside the Japan 22. Japan turn it over but Durutalo wins it back on the deck.
PENALTY, JAPAN, GOROMARU. 18-28. A crucial penalty as Goromaru opens the gap to 10 points.
CONVERSION, MACGINTY. 18-25. The Eagles are back within striking distance!
TRY, USA, WYLES. 16-25. Excellent try for the USA, as they're rewarded for their patience. A long skip pass finds Wyles in acres of space and the Saracens full-back crosses untouched.
The USA are chasing the game now. They turn the ball over but they have to keep ball in hand. Al McFarland takes it on inside the 22, it's on here!
USA absorb a lot of pressure as Japan hammer away on the USA line. Manoa gets blown up for a late tackle on Ono. Japan kick for the corner.
It's opening up now as Japan fling the ball around. USA need to get their hands on the ball if they hope to salvage this game.
TRY, JAPAN, AMANAKI MAFI. 11-25. Textbook lineout and maul drive by the Brave Blossoms.
YELLOW CARD, USA, FRY. Prop Eric Fry gets 20 minutes for kicking the ball out of the hands of scrum-half Tanaka for the second time tonight.
Takudzwa Ngwenya turns on the gas out wide and makes 20m but is pulled down by Amanaki Lelei Mafi and spills the ball. Close call though.
PENALTY, USA, MACGINTY. 11-20. The Eagles are not dead yet.
Justin Ives tries to rumble up off the back of the scrum but is met by the excellent Durutalo who wins the penalty for not releasing.
The Americans build on the Japan 22, taking it through the phases but it's all pretty sloppy. Yet another knock on gives Japan a scrum.
Samu Manoa hasn't had a great night. He drops an easy pass on the Japanese 22 - luckily the ref was playing advantage.
Japan hit it up a few times before Goromaru thumps it upfield.
Thretton Palamo spots a half gap but collects ball and man as he tries to slice through and spills it. Japan should use their superior scrum to get out of tight spot here.
Excellent work at the break down by Andrew Durutalo as he rips the ball away and earns a penalty. MacGinty sets up the attacking linout. USA need to score here.
PENALTY, JAPAN, GOROMARU. 8-20. Super start to the seocnd half for the Blossoms as Goromaru splits the uprights.
Here we go for the second half!
Once again the Japanese scrum shows it's power to win a penalty. Goromaru clears and that's half time! We'll be back in ten.
USA 8-17 JAPAN
Great defence by Japan as they hold up the big American runners, turning the situation into a maul. It goes down and the ball is stuck so the Brave Blossom will get the scrum feed.
Japan in a spot of bother as they look to run their way out of trouble but get caught behind their own tryline. 5m scrum to the USA.
A bit of kick-tennis now as both sides look for field position with halftime approaching.
Japan full-back Ayumu Goromaru is leaving his mark on this game. Another great kick as he finds touch near halfway from deep in his own half. He's been one of the players of the tournament.
PENALTY, JAPAN, GOROMARU. Straight down the middle from 40m.
Japan are taking the game by the scruff of the neck here. USA are caught offside so Goromaru will line up a shot at goal from long range.
CONVERSION, GOROMARU. 8-14. Easy extras.
TRY, JAPAN, FUJITA. 8-12. The perfect response by Japan, who rumble forward with a maul before Yoshikazu Fujita breaks off to score under the sticks!
The conversion effort is wide, but the Eagles nevertheless hold the lead.
TRY, USA, NGWENYA. 8-7. Takudzwa Ngwenya gets his first RWC try in eight years! A patient build up before it's sent wide to the Biarritz speedster who can cross on the overlap.
Shoddy work as Manoa fumbles. Japan clear from the back of another solid scrum.
Best chance of the game here for the USA as they kick into the corner from a penalty for pulling the maul down.
The USA get a penalty for not releasing on the deck. MacGinty finds touch in the Japanese half to relieve some pressure.
Japan are going forward at scrum time. Ono chips ahead for Fujita to chase but it's got too much on it and it bobbles dead.
Japan keep it tight for a few phases but Durutalo rips the ball away from Ono on the deck. Japan have enjoyed the upper hand so far though.
Knock on at the line out but the Americans throw a forward pass to give Japan a scrum on the US 22.
Strong tactical work from the Japanese as they keep it tight, forcing the mistake from the Eagles. Goromaru finds touch just outside the US 22.
CONVERSION, GOROMARU. 3-7. Excellent kick from the Japanese full-back.
TRY, JAPAN, MATSUSHIMA. 3-5. Great try by Japan! Yoshikazu Fujita makes the initial break before it is recycled down the left side and Kotaro Matsushima crosses on the overlap.
PENALTY, USA, MACGINTY. 3-0. First blood to the Eagles from a ruck penalty.
Samu Manoa makes good ground off the first scrum but there's a knock on a few metres short of the Japanese try line. Goromaru clears from the back of the next scrum.
Here we go! The USA kick us off and will possession immediately as the Japanese catcher knocks on.
The USA have made 13 changes to the starting line-up that lost to South Africa. Only Samu Manoa and Zach Test retain their place in the starting line-up.
Chris Wyles is back to captain the side and with his 11th World Cup appearance, Wyles will equal the USA team record held by Mike MacDonald.
The players are out on the field for the anthems. Please stand!
Hello and welcome to our coverage of the final game in the pool stages of the 2015 Rugby World Cup as Japan take on the USA.
Craig Wing is set to become Japan's oldest ever RWC debutant. Eddie Jones has made four changes to the starting side that beat Samoa.
Hiroshi Yamashita replaces Kensuke Hatakeyama, who drops to the bench. Justin Ives takes over from Hitoshi Ono in the second-row. Male Sau is replaced by Wing in the centres, and Harumichi Tatekawa moves to outside centre to accommodate the switch. Yoshikazu Fujita comes in on the wing for Akihito Yamada, who drops out of the matchday 23.
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