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Match Report – Mapimpi hat-trick helps Springboks in win over Japan

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The Springboks got the win over Japan on Friday in their last warm-up match before the World Cup.

It was a conservative approach from the Springboks early on concentrating on doing the basics well and test Japan with the high ball.

At the end 41-7 was the final score as Rassie Erasmus next game will be against the All Blacks on the 21 September

The Springboks were playing a tactical game early on and could not get out of their half with Japan trying their best to get pass the defence.

With a turnover Pollard kicked the ball into the Japanese twenty two to setup a lineout for Japan. Loosing the ball forward the Springboks got a scrum form which they did two phases before getting the ball out wide to Kolbe for the first try of the match.

This gave the Springboks a 7-0 lead after 9 minutes.

The Springboks had more hands on ball and made the most of the play with ball in hand but some good defence and handling errors stop any real opportunities to score.

The Springboks second try came from a mistake by Japan in not kicking for the line and keep going for up-and-under which Le Roux grabbed out of the air and send Mapimpi down the line for his try.

Pollard kicked the conversion and stretch the lead to 14-0 after 25 minutes.

Mapimpi got his second try after a great scrum from the pack with the ball going out wide to the hands of the speedster.

Handre Pollard kicked a penalty over before halftime to make the lead 22-0 at the break.

It was a very conservative game plan from the Boks in that first half but it was working so no complains.

Japan put huge pressure on the Springboks at the start of the second half keeping the Boks pinned on their line.

It force some great defence from the Springboks for the better part of 10 minutes to keep the Japanese out.

Kolisi with a crucial turnover got them out of their half and with a few phase they send Mapimpi over for his hat-trick try.

This gave the Boks a 27-0 lead after 55 minutes.

A mistake in the backline by the Springboks gave the ball to Japan and their wing Kotaro Matsushima scored their first try of the match.

This reduce the lead to 27-7 after 63 minutes.

The next few minutes saw a lot of mistakes from both sides on attack and with Japan in the twenty two of South Africa, Kolbe intercept a long pass to run 60 meters for his second try of the match.

This extend the lead to 34-7 after 75 minutes.

A final try came from Herschel Jantjies picking up a loose ball to get his try.

This gave the Springboks a 41-7 win over Japan and a good enough warm-up game but still some work to do by the boys.


Japan:  Try – Kotaro Matsushima. Conversion – Yu Tamura.
Tries – Cheslin Kolbe (2), Makazole Mapimpi (3), Herschel Jantjies. Conversions – Handre Pollard (2), Frans Steyn (2). Penalty – Pollard


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  1. Reading the comments after the game, it seems as if I watched a different game? I thought Boks were extremely poor – it must be completely unacceptable that a C league team like Japan (1) has the bulk of the possession and (2) we had to make nearly 2 times their tackle count. And that with our A team 2 weeks before WC!!! Just look at attacking mindset of ABs and you realize that we really need to get our shit together seriously. And yes, Kolisi was extremely poor – already striking his familiar hands-on-knees pose after less than 10 minutes!!

  2. @Bekke: Mmmhh Defence wins WC not throw the ball around SR Pajama rugby Bekke.

    This was a warm-up match and clearly you do not understand what it is for.

    Rassie got out of this test what he wanted. His defence was 99.9% with the exception of a mistake that led to their sole try in the match.

    We Scored 6 tries and our set pieces was good. Japan is no pushover side and 10 times better than the poor Tonga side which the AB faced.

    And Kolis, maybe you need to look at the game again, if you wait a bit I will send you his stats of the game on Kolisi.