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A picture is worth a thousand words – Japan v South Africa

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Siya Kolisi (captain) of South Africa during the Rugby World Warm up match between Japan and South Africa at the Rugby Stadium,Saitama prefecture, Kumagaya, Friday 6th September 2019 (Mandatory Byline -Steve Haag Sports Hollywoodbets)

Steve Haag is already in Japan and he was at the test on Friday when the Springboks concluded their warm-up test before rugby show pieces starts for them on the 21 September.

His pictures do speak a thousand words as he captured the Springboks first game in Japan

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Cheslin Kolbe was one of the form players in the game scoring two tries in the match and always looking for work.

Cheslin Kolbe of South Africa look to go over for a try during the Rugby World Warm up match between Japan and South Africa at the Rugby Stadium,Saitama prefecture, Kumagaya, Friday 6th September 2019 (Mandatory Byline -Steve Haag Sports Hollywoodbets)

Pieter-Steph Du Toit played in his 50th test on Friday for his country and as we got used to from the big man, he gave 120% throughout.

Pieter-Steph du Toit of South Africa tackling Ataata Moeakiola of Japan during the Rugby World Warm up match between Japan and South Africa at the Rugby Stadium,Saitama prefecture, Kumagaya, Friday 6th September 2019 (Mandatory Byline -Steve Haag Sports Hollywoodbets)

Makazole Mapimpi was the hat-trick hero on Friday. He was solid on defence and good on the highball as well. His speed will be valuable for the Boks in this World Cup.

Makazole Mapimpi of South Africa during the Rugby World Warm up match between Japan and South Africa at the Rugby Stadium,Saitama prefecture, Kumagaya, Friday 6th September 2019 (Mandatory Byline -Steve Haag Sports Hollywoodbets)

One things teams will have to adopt to in this World Cup will be the heat and humidity that was cleat to see. Luckily for both teams there was some water breaks in the test to cool down a bit.

Water Break during the Rugby World Warm up match between Japan and South Africa at the Rugby Stadium,Saitama prefecture, Kumagaya, Friday 6th September 2019 (Mandatory Byline -Steve Haag Sports Hollywoodbets)

One thing that stood out in Fridays test was the great support from the Japanese people to both teams.

Showing respect to South Africa in singing the National Anthem with the Boks and showing respect to the kickers. Maybe the rest of the world can learn something this World Cup form the Japanese people.

General views of fans during the Rugby World Warm up match between Japan and South Africa at the Rugby Stadium,Saitama prefecture, Kumagaya, Friday 6th September 2019 (Mandatory Byline -Steve Haag Sports Hollywoodbets)

The Springboks had a great week in the buildup to this test and have connected with the Japanese people. This is going to be a special World Cup on and off the field.

Duane Vermeulen with Siya Kolisi (c) and Bongi Mbonambi of South Africa during the Rugby World Warm up match between Japan and South Africa at the Rugby Stadium,Saitama prefecture, Kumagaya, Friday 6th September 2019 (Mandatory Byline -Steve Haag Sports Hollywoodbets)

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