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Rugby World Cup – Springboks brutal against Japan

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It was a hard brutal match but the Springboks was just too strong for the spirited Japanese side as they progress to the semi-final.

The Springboks had to work hard in defence to keep Japan out and knock them back when they did attack. Scoring three tries also would feel good for Rassie Erasmus.

At the end it was 26 playing 3 and the Springboks playing Wales next week.

Japan started the game trying to put the ball wide and almost gave the ball away too Mapimpi. It was the Springboks though that won the early ball in the air.

From a perfect first scrum Mapimpi was freed up to show his class on the wing and the first try of the match.

This gave the Springboks the early lead of 5-0. Springboks were almost in trouble when a ball was turned over and Japan just could not gather the kick down field.

The Springboks were hit with a yellow card for Beast when he did a tip tackle which left them with 14 men against 15.

Japan then started to speed up the game trying to create space with the extra man but Springboks defence was brutal.

Japan got on the scoreboard with a penalty to make it a 2 point game after 20 minutes.

The rest of the half was more of bash and bang from both sides making massive hits.

There was opportunities for both sides but a lack of finishing was at the order of the day.

The two teams went into the break with a slight lead of 2 points for the Springboks.

The second half the Springboks seemed to have stepped into another gear hitting the breakdown hard and pushing the Japanese team around.

It was Pollard with a penalty that opened the scoring in that second half to take the lead to 8-3.

With the Springboks with more ball in hand they started to wear down the Japanese players who just could not handle the physical pack and set pieces.

Playing in Japan half of the field Pollard got another penalty over to extend the lead to 11-3 not long after his first penalty. The Springboks game seemed to lift even more after that and they cerated a few more opportunities but lack again finishing it off.

Pollard made it 14-3 after yet another penalty which took the game really out of Japan hands.

It was then the forwards that showed just how great their maul is when they drive the Japanese side almost 40 meters before Faf snipped away to score his side.

It was just the Springboks at this time of the game, with them taking the Japanese ball like taking candy from a child.

It was again some hard work from the forwards that gave the back the opportunity to send the ball out wide to get Mapimpi over for his second try of the match.

This was just too much for Japan and although they try, Japan could not get pass the brutal defence of the Springboks.

It was not perfect but it was winning rugby which beat Japan and move on to next week against Wales.


Japan: Penalties – Yu Tamura

Springboks: Tries – Faf de Klerk, Makazole Mapimpi(2) Conversions – Handre Pollard Penalties – Handre Pollard(3)

What was said after the game…

Springbok Press Conference

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  1. Watched the recorded game tonight (knowing that we won!). Faf was far better than what people give him credit for – extremely quick and secure service; excellent on defence. And despite overdoing kicks, Japan only ONCE got over the advantage line from those kicks.
    Am and Die Ellende = massive.

  2. Best man in Bok squad = Nienaber.
    Keeping out a Japan team with that much possession is an amazing feat! The D was unbelievable.
    Hat off to Japan, they threw everything at the Bokke and Bokke soaked it up.
    Beast was lucky to get only a YC – that was almost as stupid as the French lock…

  3. @Oupa Joe: Yip, first aim was to get the defensive structures aligned. But yesterday they showed that they also ENJOYED tackling – which made a massive difference. PSdT missed quite a few though – he really needs to lift his game. Beast was just incredibly stupid – surprised that crooked WR did not site him afterwards?

  4. @Bekke: and they are legal tackles! Just shows that it can be done…
    Wales vs Bokke is going to be farsical… Neither team wants to play with the ball, expect a LOOOOOOOT of kicking

  5. @Oupa Joe: Two cracking games this weekend – with both 50/50 chances of winning (or losing :-)). Wales had our ticket for quite a while now – let’s see what we can do on neutral ground. My only fear is that it may be our turn to get those uber useless twats from France as referees. Thankfully we cannot get the Welsh Ramrod, and Barnes cannot do the England game. So it’s a toss-up between Barnes and Garces / Poitte.

  6. @Bekke:
    Don’t worry about the ref, that is not in Rassie’s and Team’s control. What they can do is keep their noses clean and keep up the current PR = being nice!

    My dream RWC is Bokke setting the record straight against Wales this weekend and then beat NZ in the Final popcorm

  7. Rassie has done some v good things , but I am v worried about certain selections and game plan.

    Faf is a worry for me, seriously slow telegraphed delivery and kicks everything else away. The welsh are not japan. You won’t be able to push them off their ball once you’ve just given away possession.

    I’m hoping there’s a change up and the boks have a more positive attitude in trying to take the game to the welsh and score tries.

    By all means defend, but also play rugby.

    Defense is not enough to win world cups, despite the oft-repeated refrain. The sides that win world cups have everything, defense and attack.

  8. @cab:

    don’t watch this weekend – we will kick, we will chase, we will defend and we will try and counter. That is the way the Bokke play – accept it or become a coach big_boss

  9. I hate to say it but I know whose gonna win this World Cup. I don’t want to say it tho cos it will piss me off. I had a good inkling when they appointed the coaches way back when. But as long as I don’t say it, I think it won’t happen, and I can wish upon a lucky bokke star that the Boks pull it off

  10. Wales vs SA

    How should Wales go about winning this one? If i were coach…
    Set-piece (Scrum & Line-out) I call it even.
    Set-piece Kick-off – I will give the Welsh the slightest advantage.
    D – both the best in the business
    Attack – evens
    So where is the diff in the teams?
    SA weakness so far is Willie not being great under the high ball, Dan Biggar one of the best. IMO.
    Option 1: DB will chip over the D and put Willie under pressure with the chase himself.
    Option 2 the Garryowen on Willie with Amos putting him under pressure. SA could lose the battle here.
    So what to do as SA coach? Drop Willie or hope he comes right on the day?

    If i were coach: Move Kolbe to FB and bring in Sbu on the wing. Damien W and Steyn on the bench with Hershell. 6/2 split on the bench too risky IMO.

  11. Wales vs SA:
    Jérôme Garcès (France)
    Assistant 1
    Wayne Barnes (England)
    Assistant 2
    Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
    Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

  12. @Oupa Joe: en daar begin die kak. No matter what we do, this fuck will allow Wales to scrum in + be offside + run obstruction the WHOLE FARKEN DAY!!!!!! Wales by 15?