Japan beat Scotland, top poll and into RWC quarter finals

The outstanding performance of Japan has been the biggest talking point of pool play in the Rugby World Cup. They have done it again, beating Scotland 28-21 in the final pool match.

Japan played very well again. There forwards matched Scotland’s most of the time, their tackling and defence was epic, but the difference was their back play. A number of times they passed wide and beat Scotland down the sidelines, with both Japanese wings featuring strongly. In contrast, when Scotland were chasing the game a number of times they passed wide, they had a numbers advantage, but they failed to take advantage.

So Japan top their pool, which means runner up Ireland will face the All Blacks in one quarter final, with Japan needing to step up again, this time against one of the tournament favourites South Africa.

Quarter finals (NZ times) – Saturday 19 October:

  • England v Australia at 8:15 pm
  • New Zealand v Ireland at 11;15 pm

Sunday 20 October:

  • Wales v France at 8:15 pm
  • Japan v South Africa at 11:15 pm

The early games are well timed for watching here in the evening, and streaming the following morning will be good for the late games.


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  1. Kudos to Jamie Joseph and his Japanese team of amateurs.

  2. Gezza

     /  14th October 2019

    Lots of cheering, excited Japanese male, female, & possibly other types of persons shown on 1news. They were previously a football & a baseball-supporting country. I expect they might now also start to take more interest in rugger. That’d be great. Must admit I find soccer frustrating & boring to watch in comparison to international rugby matches.

  3. Blazer

     /  15th October 2019

    The Scottish Rugby Union has threatened legal action against World Rugby after being forced to play a match against Japan in which they were comprehensively beaten by the hosts.

    Needing a win in order to qualify for the quarter-finals, the match was initially threatened by Typhoon Hagibis, and a draw would have seen Scotland fail to progress.

    However, the weather ended up easing in time for the match to be played, and Scotland were therefore forced to be put to the sword by a rampant and jubilant Japan side.

    Speaking after the match, tight-head prop Simon McWilliams confessed, “Before the match we would have been sad to leave the competition early, but at least we wouldn’t have been shown up as totally useless on the world stage.

    “But to have to turn up to a game like that were you’re made to look like rank amateurs, it’s even worse. And we went out anyway. At least if they’d cancelled the match we’d have only lost to Ireland.”

    Scotland fan Mike Smith told us, “If the game had been called off we’d have had four years of bemoaning bad luck for not winning the World Cup, but because they made us play the game we’re now subject to nothing but ridicule – starting with this article.

    “I hope we sue them for every penny.”

    World Rugby has defended itself, pointing out that the Scots tend to suffer ritual humiliation at the Six Nations each year anyway, so why are they moaning if it happens in Japan for a change?

  4. Blazer

     /  16th October 2019

    this was fantastic…


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