The Springboks beat Japan 26-2 to book their place in next week’s semi-final against Wales. It is the second consecutive tournament that the South Africans qualify for the World Cup semi-final, after measuring against the All Blacks in 2015.
After a restart – Makazole Mapimpi dived into the corner after Faf de Klerk dazzled him from behind the scrum – things started to unravel for the Boks.
A yellow card (Beast Mtawarira for dangerous diving) and unforced errors made Bok supporters sit with their hands in their hair. At one point it was almost thought that the Japanese had bought the ball because it was in their possession all the time.
Although the second half also started with bumps, the Boks began to stamp their mark on the match.
Due to the 25 points that the Boks literally threw away before De Klerk’s try, Japan was in the picture until the 66th minute before the 10-ton truck picked up momentum to go 26-3 over the host’s Ferrari in the 26th minute. chasing a place in the semi-finals.
Mapimpi’s second try put the game out of Japan’s reach, and the Boks went on to the World Cup semi-final.
Springboks: Tries: Makazole Mapimpi (2), Faf de Klerk. Goal kick: Handré Pollard. Penalties: Pollard (3).
Japan: Penalty: Yu Tamura.