South Africa finished Japan’s fantasy World Cup raced to arrive at the semi-finals after a wounding 26-3 win against the hosts.

The Springboks drove after a ground-breaking run tried Makazole Mapimpi out, however went a player down when Tendai Mtawarira was demonstrated a yellow card for a tip handle.

Japan could just take a Yu Tamura punishment from the man advantage, making the score 5-3 at half-time in Tokyo.

Second-half attempts from Faf de Klerk and Mapimpi in addition to Handre Pollard’s 11 put the Springboks distant.

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The attempts put paid to any expectations of a rehash of Japan’s 2015 World Cup win against similar adversaries and finished a fantasy a month for the hosts.

The Springboks will currently play Wales in the semi-last on Sunday, 27 October, with the champ confronting England or New Zealand in the last.

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It was a notable day for Japanese rugby and the fans knew it, posturing for photographs with South African supporters as confirmation that they were there for their countries’ first World Cup quarter-last.

TV crowds and media intrigue has step by step expanded after an amazing gathering stage execution which included wonderful successes against Ireland and Scotland.

The Brave Blossoms began as hopefully as they had played in the pool stages, with fly-half Yu Tamura kicking cross-field to wing Kotaro Matsushima, however it was double cross champs South Africa who scored first.

The Springboks overwhelmed Japan in a scrum and De Klerk’s go to Mapimpi discovered the left wing with a lot of space to go through Tamura and plunge over in the corner.

It would take more than that to quieten the Japanese fans, however. Serenades of “Japan” were possibly hindered when skipper Michael Leitch had the ball, so, all in all drawn out cries of “Leitch” rang out.

There was a yellow card for prop Mtawarira for a tip handle on inverse number Keita Inagaki in the eleventh moment.

No attempts happened to the numerical bit of leeway, yet Japan won a scrum punishment just to one side of the posts and the group detonated into cheers. Tamura properly handled the kick and slice South Africa’s lead to two.


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