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I agree with Anglophone. I loved watching Japan. I suppose they don't have the big guys to punch holes in the opposition's defense, so they had to play the fast, passing game. It was a joy to watch. Let's hope they tour NH every Autumn.SA were always going to be a step too far for them.
Japan finally reached the end of their elastic. But what a run. Beating 2 Tier 1 sides, including the No.2 in the world.A refreshing blend of pace, handling and tackling, mixed with an almost forgotten brand of sporting integrity, that proved too much on the day for some teams who should be a tad embarrassed.By game three though, SA had it worked out. Champagne rugby lasts only so long!
Well done Japan a breath of fresh air, hope World rugby find away to include them & Fiji, poss a couple of others as well, to play tier 1 sides much more often, & ensure they get the money to grow the game & keep the best players for respective teams.SA looking very dangerous, I for one still like a big brutal forward rumble, can’t honestly see Wales beating them next week, to powerful for Wal
295. I don;t understand that either - why on earth not stop the clock?
298. Onion. You really have a problem! It's making you delusional and your comments are offensive and borderline racist. But, the English coach made racist comments about Wales and Ireland, so hey ho!
dear South Africa PLEASE knock the Welsh out, they stink out the RWC as they do our 6N tournament !
I enjoyed watching Japan play and I do hope they can continue to build on these performances. World Rugby has to ensure they are included in a big tournament like the RC our 6N's. I think a new competition needs to be started that includes Japan, Georgia and USA. But on Sunday SA played to their strengths and it paid off. Wayne Barnes had a poor day as a ref, some terrible decisions!
Shame Japan are out but South Africa deserved the win playing exactly the right game plan to stifle the free flowing Japanese attack and then exerting their own power game in the second half. It wasn't very pretty it won't have won over many fans but it was very effective
What spoils the game is the time taken to have a scrum. It's just a way to restart the game, like a drop ball in football. I am not suggesting doing away with the scrum, but what about stopping the clock when it's being reset! Sometimes 4/5 minutes go by before the ball is back in play. It's ridiculous!
290. I'm not being salty "grumpybear" ;-) I hadn't realised I'd left France out. Mind you, if we're going to go on one year - this year - England are about to do battle with the All Blacks having not beaten us tier three boys in two years. If you're seriously suggesting we're a tier three team, fair enough. It really doesn;t say much for your lot.
japan have arrived on the international rugby union scene without a doubt!,the clue as to where they progress comes from this match because they were out muscled/powered & need to combat that,strangely i thought they should have continued with the dink kicks through because they were never going to break through on foot from their own half!, & south africa cleverly used this method late on.
The Boks , as is their style squeezed the pips out of Japan in a brutal form of rugby. Japan dazzled and delighted the crowd as did the Aussies with athleticism and ball skills on show. I know what type of rugby I prefer and quite honestly I would ban the rolling mall and kicking outside of the 22 to open up the game to all sizes of players not just gym monkeys.
"...when Japan's now trademark fast hands were met with brute force by South Africa..."This sums up, for me, the game. A GREAT game.
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