South Africa prop Tendai Mtawarira escapes red card against Japan

A fan holds a sign prior to the Rugby World Cup 2019 Quarter Final match between Japan and South Africa at the Tokyo Stadium

A fan holds a sign prior to the Rugby World Cup 2019 Quarter Final match between Japan and South Africa at the Tokyo Stadium

Erasmus praised the "intensity and tenacity" of Japan, suggesting they would be worthy additions to the Rugby Championship - now contested by the Springboks, Australia, South Africa and Argentina - if logistics made it viable.

The Springboks will face Wales in the semi-finals next in Yokohama, and the they were buoyant after seeing off familiar foe in the quarters. I wrote they were a 30-point better team than Japan and allowed for the home advantage, the emotion of the occasion and a referee who was always going to be generous to the hosts.

And the score margin?

South Africa's early aim can had been to quieten the crew and let the outnumbered inexperienced jerseys within the seats create themselves heard and they finished as grand when Mapimpi went over within the left corner after a highly efficient South African scrum.

It was quite cool to arrive here in Tokyo with a group of 200 Springbok supporters.

"Dear Japan World Cup rugby squad, thank you so, so much for giving us much enthusiasm", Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Twitter.

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"But I've made a decision to go in determined to play with pride for this team".

The first-ever Rugby World Cup in Asia kicked off on September 20, with the host nation beating Russian Federation in the opening match 30-10.

"South Africa, though, do not do sentiment".

"The players and the brand of rugby that we've been playing all year, really, is inspiring", Joseph said. The first mention of rugby being played in Japan dates to 1863, only 40 years after William Webb Ellis invented the game at Britain's Rugby School.

"They have become global superstars at this World Cup - Matsushima in particular would be a canny signing for a European outfit looking for a presence in the Far East". The semifinals will begin on Saturday with a match between England and New Zealand.

They were remorseless in their physicality, relentless in their desire to win collisions and they ramped things up as it went on to utterly overwhelm the Brave Blossoms who stayed true to their style of play until the end.

With ball in hand, Japan had been mesmerising and courageous, as they've been all match, no longer jumpy to throw the ball wide swiftly to strive spoil the line slip of the Springboks.

Whatever he said worked, as his team scored two penalties within 10 minutes before extending their lead with two more tries and another penalty.

But after an opening-night win over Russia, Japan pulled off the shock of the tournament by beating Ireland 19-12, and suddenly their first ever place in the quarterfinals was in sight. "Jamie has done an excellent job with the team, and the fans and the country, I think we've done them proud, and to represent Asia and the tier-two countries, I'm sure they will be proud of us as well".